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Govt paid $30m for airport land, later reported it was valued $3m

Macarthur MP, Dr Mike Freelander, has reiterated the need for a national Integrity Commission. Speaking in the wake of revelations the federal government had paid almost $30 million for 12 hectares of farming land with a market value of $3 million, Dr Freelander said it “reeks of incompetence’’. “I am most disappointed by revelations that the Federal Government has grossly overpaid for land for the development of Western Sydney Airport’s second runway,’’ he said. “Labor stands for integrity and transparency in Government – we have consistently called for the creation of a National Integrity Commission, and will continue to fight… Read more »

Fourth quarter time and Mr AFL is up for the fight

The Aussie Rules anthem, Up There Cazaly, could have easily been written for Campbelltown’s own Mr AFL, John McLaughlin. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to come into contact with this great man over the past six decades will easily recognise him in the words of the song written by Michael Brady: John and Jan McLaughlin on their 50th wedding anniversary in 2015. Up there CazalyIn there and fightOut there and at ’emShow ’em your mightUp there CazalyDon’t let ’em inFly like an angelYou’re out there to win Right now, John McLaughlin, who is 77, is fighting the biggest battle… Read more »

Local homeless people get roof over their heads

This is Ruby – who is smiling because she finally has a roof over her head – a home she can call her own. Ruby, 44, and her brother Tolofie, 48, have been homeless for a long time, couch surfing and sleeping rough. But not anymore. That’s because Ruby and her brother have become the first beneficiaries of Hume Community Housing’s newest initiative, Together Home, which aims to house homeless people across the South West Sydney region. The initiative, which is run in partnership with the State Government, works by securing properties from the private rental market for people who… Read more »

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    Fearless comment, a peek behind the news, some fun and satire with Top 5, topped off with the week’s most interesting image - or two.

    In My View


    Airport the infrastructure project that can revive the economy

    Both the federal and state governments have been talking about looking for infrastructure projects that would help the economy snap back to where it was before Covid-19. Well, Scomo and Gladys, we’re here to help, so here’s a suggestion for you. You know a new international airport is being built at Badgerys Creek, a stone’s throw from Campbelltown, Liverpool andRead more »

    Macarthur Chatter


    What a mark: footy boss pens lovely letter to our Mr AFL

    Last week’s feature on Campbelltown’s Mr AFL, John McLaughlin, was extremely popular with our readers. We would never have known it, but one of those readers must have been AFL boss Gillon McLachlan. We don’t know much about him, but do hear AFL people say he’s a very nice human being. Well, it must be true, because despite being oneRead more »

    Top 5


    Never mind the state border wars

    These border wars between our states got me thinking some of them could do with new names. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not into that cancel culture stuff. But looking at almost half of the country being called Western Australia made me think surely we can do better. And when you look at the USA, how good are some ofRead more »

    Picture This


    Images from our own backyard – literally

    Residents with a passion for photography and the Macarthur region’s stunning natural landscape and many plants and animals can now enter their photos in the Macarthur nature photography competition. Entries are open now for the competition in the categories of flora, fauna, waterways and landscapes of Macarthur. A new category has also been added this year called Backyard Biodiversity whichRead more »



    Camden’s inclusive play space named 2020 park of the year

    Curry Reserve at Elderslie was recently crowned Park of the Year at the 2020 Parks & Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence but Camden Council are not surprised at all by the honour. The water play space, which opened in September last year, is an inclusive facility with accessible activities, wet play wheelchairs and the Macarthur region’s first fully accessible andRead more »


    Domestic violence call at Gregory Hills ends with arrest

    A man was due to appear in court today after he allegedly assaulted two police officers at Gregory Hills on Sunday night. The incident occurred when officers from Camden Police Area Command attended a home on Rosella Circuit following reports of a domestic incident. Police spoke with the occupants, a 51-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl – who were uninjuredRead more »



    Online marketplace to boost local economy

    Local businesses can now list services and products with Camden Council for direct support during and after the current economic climate created by Covid-19.  Council has launched VendorPanel Marketplace which encourages suppliers to register their details so they can be sought for quotes on goods and services required by Camden Council.  Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli, said the initiativeRead more »


    Thumbs up for business scholarship program

    Small business people who have participated in the Campbelltown Business Scholarship program have nothing but high praise for it. One previous scholarship recipient, Yogesh Chavan of Good Source, said the course was a fantastic opportunity. “I feel empowered in so many aspects of businesses which I never thought about before,’’ he said. “I personally feel that I am a betterRead more »



    Hermitage restaurant is in good hands

    Andy and Charnee Lay are the perfect couple to take over the reins of the Hermitage restaurant. Certainly Andy has got the pedigree to fill the big shoes left by John Nazim, the founding chef at the iconic Campbelltown eatery. Charnee has also worked in the hospitality industry, her most recent post as cocktail bar supervisor at Wests Leagues Leumeah,Read more »


    Threatened species art competition goes digital

    Local children can show their passion for conserving and protecting rare and endangered species by taking part in the 2020 threatened species art and writing competition.  The annual competition, run in partnership between Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly Councils, aims to encourage young people within the Macarthur area to learn about a threatened plant or animal and represent it in anRead more »



    Apple’s 2020 annual conference goes online

    Apple’s annual conference was surrounded by many rumours about what was pending to be released from hardware updates for iMac and Macbook Pro, software updates to iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS and tvOS and new services such as car key and air tags. The conference was delivered online only, the first time ever as thousands of avid developers and tech lovers wereRead more »


    Unlock digital potential at free TAFE courses

    A total of 13 new fee-free TAFE NSW short courses are available online to assist anyone across the State who wants to upskill during the Covid-19 pandemic, following an overwhelming response to the initial suite of courses announced earlier this month. The NSW Government will use these new courses to replace those which have reached enrolment capacity to ensure thereRead more »



    Homebuilder impact still to come, says HIA economist

    The HomeBuilder program has been very positive for the detached house sector but the impact of this program is yet to be seen in Australian Bureau of Statistics approval data, says Tim Reardon. The chief economist of the Housing Industry Association says the lift in detached house approvals in July is more likely to reflect building application lodgement and processingRead more »


    Stamp duty cut great news for first home buyers

    The NSW Government’s decision on stamp duty concessions for first home buyers is a timely and significant decision, according to the Housing Industry Association.  “This is a very welcome move as HIA has been seeking changes to the stamp duty arrangements to better reflect the price of new homes in NSW and in particular in Sydney,’’ says David Bare, HIARead more »



    Popularity of electric cars on the rise: report

    The annual State of Electric Vehicles report, released last week, says more Australians than ever are now eager to get behind the wheel of an electric car, despite most underestimating how far they can now go in one.The report, compiled by the Electric Vehicle Council, shows 56 per cent of Australians are now considering purchasing an electric car as theirRead more »


    Pushing the boundaries of innovation

    Mazda says that in today’s environment it’s more important than ever to lead the way in terms of sustainability. It’s all about pushing the boundaries on innovation. The Australian arm of Mazada have recently announced a major new innovation that is set to arrive on our shores – Skyactiv-X M Hybrid. “This revolutionary technology defines a new generation of motoringRead more »



    Oakdale Workers to face Thirlmere Roosters in the grand final

    And then there were two left for the final dance – Oakdale Workers and Thirlmere Roosters. These two will play in the 2020 grand final this coming Sunday after Oakdale, pictured above, put on a defensive performance for the ages to shut out Campbelltown City Kangaroos.  In front of a smaller than expected crowd at Thirlmere on Sunday, Oakdale wonRead more »


    Finals footy hopes gone, here come the Storm

    Wests Tigers fans hoping to see the blooding of some youngsters now that finals hopes have been extinguished will be disappointed by the team named to take on Melbourne this Saturday. Jock Madden in the number 20 jumper is as close as coach Michael Maguire has come in giving game time to some of the talented youngsters coming through. AsRead more »

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