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There’s more to these T-shirts than meets the eye

There’s more to these 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur sponsors T-shirts than meets the eye. Sitting next to them, chairman Warren Morrison and deputy Sue McGarrity agree on one thing: that the generosity of the sponsors has been the biggest factor in the success of 24 Hour over the past 16 years. The charity started by the late Fred Borg has raised $4.8 million and is poised to exceed the $5 million mark this year. It would have been reached last year but Covid-19 came along. But what is important is that thanks to 24 Hour and everyone involved,… Read more »

Our international airport’s final design has landed

The final design of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport’s passenger terminal unveiled today draws on Australia’s natural beauty, the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage and strong sustainability principles,  Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey said every aspect of the design brings together world’s best practice to create a terminal that will offer passengers and airlines an experience unrivalled among Australian airports.  “This will be Australia’s best airport terminal, unlike anything seen before in this country,” Mr Hickey said.  “It sets a new benchmark for what Australians will expect when they fly.”  Simple and intuitive wayfinding around a terminal that will be easy… Read more »

This election candidate has policy action on her mind

If Liverpool Council candidate Ellie Robertson is elected, those who vote for her will know exactly what they’re getting. And that is someone with an action plan to make life a little better for people with disabilities, a push for a new animal shelter and a better balance between development and the environment. Ms Robertson, who will be running as an independent candidate in South Ward, offers and agenda that can only be described as crystal clear. The Holsworthy resident is already active in her three areas of policy interest, serving on various boards and committees, but wants to get… Read more »

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    It’s time to look at councils from every angle

    It has not come as a great surprise that the NSW Government is considering changes to legislation to require an independent body to set the remuneration of local council general managers. Not to readers of the South West Voice, which has been one of the few media outlets to draw attention to community concerns that general managers’ salaries are beyondRead more »

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    All you can eat Sizzler left big shoes to fill

    Not one, not two but three new fast food restaurants will replace Sizzler at Campbelltown. Krispy Crème, Taco Bell and Carl’s Jr will occupy the three new buildings on the Harbord Road site, which faces Campbelltown Road. An application has landed at Campbelltown Council on March 29 which states the construction of the three new premises will cost $5.3 million.Read more »

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    Why Wests Tigers joint venture was doomed from the start

    It is bitter sweet watching the Wests Tigers show on social media and elsewhere. The funniest bits are when someone suggests a certain player should be dropped and that will fix everything that’s wrong with the club. And it’s not just the punters who completely miss the point about the woes of the joint venture between two 1908 foundation footyRead more »

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    Funding for great public spaces win for our communities

    Local councils will share in a total of up to $250 million in NSW Government funding to create a legacy of quality, green and accessible public spaces to be treasured for generations to come. Camden Council has qualified for the biggest allocation of up to $5.5 million towards the extension of the Nepean River pathway to connect Camden’s natural assetsRead more »



    Makeover will modernise facilities at Camden Showground

    Historic Camden Showground will receive a long overdue facelift to modernise its facilities. The Showground, which is located a stone’s throw from the centre of Camden, hosts major events, including the annual Camden Show. It will be upgraded with a $700, 000 grant from the state government’s Crown lands showground stimulus funding program. Work will include an upgrade to floodlighting,Read more »


    Let’s get real on Appin Road, before more die on it

    Appin road is a major arterial road connecting the booming Macarthur region and the Illawarra – but maybe the State Government didn’t get the memo. “Appin Road is no longer a dirt track used to cart coal up and down,’’ says Campbelltown MP Greg Warren, who has been advocating for major upgrades since being elected in 2015. He was respondingRead more »


    Images from the inaugural Love Livo Nights after-work pop-up event, with Japanese-inspired food, drinks and decor organised by partner business Out of Office Espresso.

    How resilience grants helped local firms survive pandemic shock

    In order to survive the downturn caused by the pandemic, Out of Office Espresso café used a council business grant to set up a dark kitchen to operate during the evenings under a new brand, Papi’s Kitchen. This addition increased their financial resilience by allowing their kitchen to operate at different times of the day, attract new clientele and re-hireRead more »


    Never a dull moment when Mark Latham’s got a microphone

    Whatever you think of Mark Latham’s politics, one thing’s for sure: there’s never a dull moment when he gets the microphone in hand. He always calls a spade a spade and never takes any prisoners over matter of principle. It’s also very hard to deny Latham’s intelligence and common sense approach to various issues over the years. It seems likeRead more »



    Wests chefs cooking up a storm for Perfect Plate

    Korean smoked beef short rib with crispy noodles, sesame seeds, sugar snap salad and a spiced soy and ginger glaze is one of the five Wests Group Macarthur entries in this year’s Perfect Plate competition. Sounds delicious, but what’s even better is that this dish, and the other four entries, are on the menu at Wests venues across the region.Read more »


    Hey kids, Bluey and Bingo are heading our way

    Hey kids, Bluey and Bingo are coming to town in a few days. For those who have been living on Mars recently, Bluey and her little sister Bingo star in the popular animated TV series Bluey. Bluey is a lovable Blue Heeler puppy who lives with her dad, mum and little sister Bingo. In every episode, Bluey uses her limitlessRead more »



    Tech workshops will help you stay ahead of the digital game

    Learn the latest tricks and tips on all things technology at Camden Libraries’ tech workshops this month. Residents aged over 17 years are eligible to book their place at the Oran Park Library. Microsoft Office and Windows 10 basicswill be available on Saturday, 19 June, 10am-2pm, in the Panorama D Learning Room ($20 per person, with bookings essential). The iPadRead more »


    The future of kerbside parking may be digital

    A smart kerbside trial providing real time parking information will be trialled in South Western Sydney. The NSW Government is partnering with Liverpool City Council to deliver a new digital smart kerbs pilot to show in real time where street parking is available. Digital and customer service Victor Dominello says the investment in technology will pave the way to betterRead more »



    Property Services Commissioner will look after interests of consumers

    Better support for real estate consumers will be a big part of the job of Property Services Commissioner. The NSW Government says it will soon name the person to fill the new role, expected to be someone who is an expert in the real estate industry. Minister for better regulation and innovation Kevin Anderson says the new Commissioner will joinRead more »


    Commercial leases: Institute rings bell on zombies and phoenixes

    Commercial real estate agents have been warned to watch for “zombie” and “phoenix” companies seeking new commercial leases in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. The Real Institute of NSW says businesses that can only survive with pandemic-related government support are referred to as “zombies” that are unlikely to live beyond their hand-outs or complete a multi-year commercial lease. “Phoenixes”Read more »



    Here comes the new Polo from VW

    Just a few days after the new Polo was announced, Volkswagen has launched advance sales. The clever compact car has a newly designed front and rear, comfort and assistance systems from higher vehicle classes, a significantly greater range of standard specifications and some digital features. Three different engines will be available to order. The new Polo has a new, dynamicRead more »


    Updated child seat guidelines up the ante on safety

    A correctly restrained child in forward facing seat. Our children will be safer while travelling on NSW roads, after newly updated child seat guidelines were released to help parents and carers choose the right restraints and use them correctly. The Best Practice Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles, which has been developed by Neuroscience ResearchRead more »



    Semi final victory sets up Macarthur FC for fairytale finish

    Macarthur FC are just one game away from a grand final appearance after defeating Central Coast Mariners 2-0 in an elimination final last night at Gosford. Midfielder Charlie M`Mombwa, scored in the opening minutes of extra time and Michael Ruhs sealed the victory seconds from fulltime to set up a fairytale finish to the inaugural season of the Bulls. NowRead more »

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