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Bank of Queensland’s John Horosko: last man standing on main street

Gone: the NAB branch. Top: Still here serving our customers and with plans to expand, says John Horosko. One by one, the major banks have deserted Campbelltown’s main street. The last one to leave for greener pastures was the St George Bank branch on the western side of Queen Street. When it closed its doors for the last time on December 3 last year it meant that Bank of Queensland’s John Horosko was last man standing in this once thriving main street. His premises are located across the road and a few doors further north, almost next door to the… Read more »

Dharawal Cup: an historic event set to change culture of football

If you love football and you want to be part of history, mark the Dharawal Cup on Saturday, January 22 as a “must attend’’ event in your diary. Ron Dine Reserve, home of the Camden Tigers football club, will host this event, which promises so much more than three games of soccer. Phil Dotti, who is a major proponent of this inaugural “festival of football’’, strongly believes the 2022 Dharawal Cup will be the start of something big for both Indigenous involvement in the round ball game, football itself and Camden’s place in all that. Mr Dotti, himself a proud… Read more »

This is Jackie Murray – you’ve seen her on TV or film

Jackie Murray at work as a stuntwoman above and below, and, top, in her studio. You have almost certainly seen Jackie Murray on TV or in a film. There’s not much this stuntwoman hasn’t appeared in – maybe you saw her on Home and Away, or the most recent Marvel movie, Shang-Chi, released in 2020. But what you did not know is that this absolute legend of film and TV stunt roles is very much one of us – born and bred in Macarthur. The family called Bradbury home for a while, before moving to Douglas Park, and then Narellan…. Read more »

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    Our new mayor is passionate about Campbelltown succeeding

    It’s very early days in the reign of George Greiss, but take it from me, the new mayor of Campbelltown won’t let us down. Since 2014, when the South West Voice in Macarthur started covering council meetings, we have kept a close eye on this relatively young man. Greiss was first elected six years earlier, when council giants such asRead more »

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    The 2021 zeitgeist: from anti-vaxxers to sneaky politicians

    Zeitgeist, according to the dictionary, is “the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time’’. So, what do you think has been the zeitgeist of 2021? Obviously we have proved our resilience, but there have also been periods when we questioned whether we could survive the virus. AtRead more »

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    The mystery of Campbelltown’s little ‘vineyards’

    We will probably never know why wine growing in the Campbelltown area never quite took off. Thanks to John Macarthur and his family, the first grapes planted in the colony way back when were along the banks of the Nepean River near Camden town. Until recently, the Camden area boasted several active vineyards. Active in that they grew grapes andRead more »



    Council needs community help on water for wildlife project

    Love animals and want to help care for them? Camden Council has installed two “water for wildlife’’ water drinking stations in Mount Annan and needs your help. It has partnered with Animals Australia on the initiative, with the two drinking stations located within George Caley Reserve which can hold 15 litres of water each. Each drinking station will need toRead more »


    Council surveillance cameras to catch rubbish dumpers in the act

    Rubbish dumpers could find themselves in a world of trouble if one local council goes ahead with plans to use covert surveillance cameras to catch them in the act. In a move that could set a precedent for other council areas across the South Western Sydney region, Liverpool Council is currently exploring the option of cameras in hotspots to apprehendRead more »



    This Western Sydney Airport precinct means business

    Some of Sydney’s most anticipated property is now on offer with Western Sydney Airport starting the search for a development partner for the first stage of its on-airport business precinct. Located in prime position at the main entrance of Sydney’s new global gateway, stage one of the Western Sydney International Airport Business Precinct includes 13.25 hectares of airport land thatRead more »


    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 »



    Top class entertainment and hospitality in our own backyard

    It’s all happening out at Menangle.The opening last Saturday for the first time of Home Stretch Bistro, a new race night dining experience at Club Menangle Trackside, highlighted the return to regular service there and at Menangle Country Club.Home Stretch Bistro offers all you can eat from the chef’s selection of hot and cold side dishes, delicious desserts and complimentaryRead more »


    Time to cool off for teenagers with free entry to local pools

    Local teenagers are in for a treat next month when they will be able to gain free entry to Camden pool and Mt Annan leisure centre. It Is all part of the annual Cool Off in Camden program, which is available to residents aged between 12 and 18 years, or in Years 7 to 12 at school. This year, youngRead more »



    Solar 30 30 30 target for cheaper power, lower emissions

    Local MP Angus Taylor, the minister for industry, energy and emissions reduction, says the federal government is advancing its commitment to ultra low cost solar as a priority technology to help deliver lower emissions, lower energy costs and more jobs. Up to $40 million is being made available through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support research and developmentRead more »


    How our TAFE colleges are helping to produce cyber security professionals

    Campbelltown TAFE college is helping to upskill the next generation of cyber security professionals amid a critical shortage in the midst of spike in cyber attacks during the pandemic. Jozsef Kleiner is among those who have recently tapped into the jobs boom, after landing his dream role assessing cybersecurity risks with NSW Government. Mr Kleiner, pictured above, said he decidedRead more »



    Bingara Gorge takes giant stride towards full completion in 2024

    The Bingara Gorge residential development near Wilton has taken a giant stride towards completion by 2024. Metro Property Group has purchased two additional prime assets from Lendlease spanning 90 hectares, including the partly finished 18-hole championship golf course designed by former PGA professional Graham Marsh. The purchase also include the 4760 sqm parcel of land set aside for a countryRead more »


    Record price for Harrington Grove block ahead of The Stables auction

    A record price paid for a block in Harrington Grove last Saturday augurs well for this weekend’s auction of 25 acreage lots at The Stables precinct. Several bidders competed for the sole block of 775.5 square metres in the Michelia precinct, which eventually went under the hammer for $1.305 million. Harrington Estates say they are expecting good results for theirRead more »



    More power to Nissan Leaf after five star green rating

    Nissan’s electric vehicle Leaf e+ has secured the maximum five-star rating from the independent testing body. Established to promote the development of cars that are clean, energy-efficient and kind to the environment, the industry-leading Green NCAP initiative awarded the Leaf e+ a string of exceptional scores across its three testing parameters, reinforcing the model’s extensive sustainability credentials. Put through itsRead more »


    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 »



    Young gun poised to add depth to Wests Tigers backline in 2022

    Wests Tigers’ newest signing Starford To’a scored a try in his NRL debut in 2019 just a few weeks after turning 19. The outside back, who’s now 21, played 20 first grade matches for the Newcastle Knights and scored 11 tries. Wests Tigers are hoping that he can do the same for them and more after signing To’a for theRead more »

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