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Most vulnerable paying price for chaotic vaccine rollout: Dr Freelander

We’ve all learned something about ourselves and other people over the past two years, and our man in Canberra, Dr Mike Freelander, is no exception. “It has been a most difficult time and what I’ve picked up is that for the most part people are decent and try to work together to get through whatever challenge we’re facing,’’ says the member for Macarthur during a zoom interview with the South West Voice. Dr Freelander has just returned from Canberra where federal parliament has gone into its Spring break, and has agreed to have a chat with his local online media… Read more »

Wild dogs, foxes targeted in Spring campaign for Macarthur

Biosecurity experts have again joined forces with landholders in the Macarthur region to launch a pest animal control campaign throughout Spring. Led by Greater Sydney Local Land Services, the program is set to target wild dogs and foxes threatening livestock, wildlife, and domestic pets in the area. Project lead, senior biosecurity officer Annaliese Geddes, said the program was going ahead in line with strict Covid safety protocols. “While the risk of Covid in our region is very real, feral pests don’t listen to stay-at-home orders and we know wild dogs and foxes are more active during Spring,” she said. “That’s… Read more »

The road to resilience and recovery after losing a child

Ken Barnard is a father of four who is surviving a parent’s worst fear of losing a child. After a knock on their door in July 2014, Ken and his wife, Lynn, learnt that their youngest son Aaron had died by suicide. Ken, now 70 years-old, says: “Our world collapsed.’’ Aaron was 32 years of age and had shown no signs that raised concerns for his wellbeing – to anyone. Outgoing and loved within his large group of friends and close family unit, he had long term employment within a supportive workplace, “who were like family’’. He loved music and… Read more »

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    In My View


    Show us evidence for harsher lockdown and we’ll shut up

    If there are good reasons places like Campbelltown and Liverpool are copping draconian restrictions such as a curfew, they should be made public. And if they won’t show us the medical case for extra restrictions in half the city, the lockdown should go back to being uniform across Greater Sydney. More than 40 years in this business and I don’tRead more »

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    ‘Branch stacking’ rocks Campelltown business chamber

    Campbelltown chamber of commerce has been rocked by allegations of – wait for it – branch stacking. At least that’s what outgoing president Tamlyn van Zyst called the last minute attempt by an unidentified number of people to join the chamber in order to vote at the annual general meeting last week. Ms van Zyst called the attempted coup “disturbing’’Read more »

    Top 5


    Here’s to a Christmas full of cheer, finally

    Finally, it is starting to look like there’s light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. An incredibly rapid rate of vaccinations in the past two months has got us to a place we never thought we’d get to. But here we are, briming with optimism that soon life will return to something like it was back in late 2019.Read more »

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    Getting Covid-tested for the first time is a breeze

    Yesterday I found out how easy it is to get tested for Covid. After starting to develop one or two flu-like symptoms a few days earlier, and knowing that a testing clinic was now set up in the southern carpark of my local shopping centre, Minto Marketplace, I took the plunge yesterday afternoon. Yes, there was a bit of trepidation,Read more »



    Sky turns black when 20,000 bats take flight middle of the day

    The sky turns black when close to 20,000 bats take flight in the middle of the day, says Macquarie Fields resident Jim Bucknall. “It’s just terrible here living with so many bats around the neighbourhood,’’ he tells the South West Voice this afternoon when we call to discuss a letter he has sent Campbelltown Council pleading for urgent action toRead more »


    Signalised crossing dumped for pedestrian refuge at Picton High

    Wollondilly Council has slammed the state government for dumping plans for a signalised crossing at Picton High School. A pedestrian refuge is being proposed instead, but the council says that’s not good enough to ensure the safety of students and parents. Wollondilly Council is now calling on the NSW Government to honour the agreement to install a signalised pedestrian crossing.Read more »



    The Stockyards: Camden’s new star attraction is on the way

    The Stockyards is a development proposal that is destined to take Camden’s appeal as a tourist destination up to another level. Taking inspiration from iconic developments such as The Grounds in Alexandria and Hive Byron Bay, The Stockyards of Camden has been designed with the intention of creating a unique destination centre that also pays homage to Camden’s rich history.Read more »


    Check out government Covid-19 assistance for your firm

    Damien Tudehope, the NSW finance and small business minister, will be the guest speaker at an Ingleburn business chamber webinar next week. Mr Tudehope, pictured at right, and Michael Miller, the director of mediation services at the NSW Small Business Commission, will brief chamber members on government assistance being made available to small business during the current Covid-19 lockdown. ToRead more »



    Camden Festival goes virtual again and you bring the reality

    Camden Festival enters its second virtual year with a jam-packed online program for residents to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. With the much-loved festival events unable to go ahead in-person due to Covid-19 restrictions, aspects of each exciting event have been implemented in the online extravaganza. The program will run during September 7-24, and will include: ARead more »


    Been there, Done that: Ken’s iconic art on exhibition at Casula Powerhouse

    When two Ken Done exhibitions open next month, pride of place will go to one of his works that’s been at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre for 10 years. Square Beach2, pictured above, was gifted to the arts centre as part of the Australian Government’s cultural gifts program in 2011. Ken Done painted Square Beach in 1990 and it portrays a quintessential landscape closeRead more »



    This app definitely not a load of rubbish

    With a simple click of a button on council’s new My Waste Bin app, Campbelltown residents can now track their bin collection days, book their kerbside clean ups and check what waste goes in which bin. It will provide a “one stop shop’’ for all waste information that is easily accessible for residents and will enable people to set binRead 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 »



    Life’s a breeze: outdoor facility with the lot is open

    Aerial view of the Maxwell Creek Oval precinct. Developer Dahua Group Australia has completed the company’s final and highly prized community facility – the $10 million Maxwell Creek Oval precinct in New Breeze, Bardia. Maxwell Creek Oval’s precinct, spanning approximately 40,000 square metres is part of a green network and 19 hectares of open spaces that envelopes the master plannedRead more »


    More money for tenants, eviction moratorium extended

    The Residential Tenancy Support Package has been increased to $4,500 and the eviction moratorium has been extended to November 11. Minister for better regulation and innovation Kevin Anderson said the increased payment will incentivise landlords to offer rent reductions to tenants who are doing it tough. The extension of the eviction moratorium will provide welcome peace of mind for thoseRead more »



    VW’s hybrid EV Touareg will have power to burn

    Volkswagen says its first vehicle capable of running on battery power, the Touareg R, has been approved for sale in Australia and is scheduled to arrive toward the end of next year. This Plug-in Hybrid EV, whose combined electric motor and turbo petrol V6 delivers performance comparable to the now discontinued Touareg V8 turbo diesel, will also be the fifth R performance model to join Volkswagen’sRead more »


    Attention drivers: warning signs for mobile speed cameras

    Fixed warning signs for mobile speed cameras will start rolling out to remind drivers they can be caught speeding anywhere, anytime. Minister for transport and roads Andrew Constance said around 1,000 permanent static signs will supplement messaging on the existing 360 variable message signs and a comprehensive advertising campaign. “We are already seeing a change in driver behaviour, with 3.5Read more »



    Bulls name ice cool Federici as captain

    Adam Federici’s a chilled dude who loves surfing down the South Coast, enjoys a round of golf and relaxing with family and friends. And he is pretty sure that none of these leisurely pursuits will change now that he’s captain of Macarthur FC. The Bulls goalkeeper with a cool head and even more impressive reflexes faced the media at noonRead more »


    Boxing Day blockbuster at Campbelltown: Bulls v Sydney FC

    New signing Daniel De Silva wearing the away colours of Macarthur FC. TOP: Bulls stars Jordon Mutch and Jake McGing wearing the home strip. Macarthur FC fans mark Sunday, November 21 in your calendars because that’s when the Bulls will kick off their second season in the A-League. The draw for the first six rounds has just been released byRead more »

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