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Traffic lights to make Raby Road intersections safer

It wasn’t that long ago that Raby Road was a goat track connecting Campbelltown Road and Camden Valley Highway. These days though Raby Road is a major arterial crossing to the Hume Highway for residents from Camden and the wider Macarthur region. It now also connects with Camden Valley Way at a second location, Gregory Hills, via Eagle Vale Drive and Badgally Road. All this means that motorists who travel along Raby Road know that negotiating most of the intersections along the way requires patience and a lot of care. Two intersections stand out: at Spitfire Drive and Eagle Vale… Read more »

Liverpool: sleeping giant of Greater Sydney is finally awaking

The $400 million Civic Place development will benefit Liverpool in a number of ways. None will be as important as creating, finally, a balance between the southern and northern ends of the central business district. For years activity in the Liverpool CBD has mostly taken place in and around the giant Westfield complex in the north. It has meant that the southern end has languished as major retailers and financial institutions relocated to the opposite end. Civic Place, located on the pivotal corner of Scott Street and Macquarie Street, will change all that as a huge number of workers move… Read more »

The 2020 Fisher’s Ghost winner is art you can take home

The Fisher’s Ghost art prize is the closest thing we have to the Archibald, another competition that attracts some controversy year after year. Here in Campbelltown, where the prize for the winner of the open category is a $25,000 purse, the Fisher’s Ghost has copped plenty of criticism for being out of touch. In recent years the award has come under fire for some baffling selections in picking the open winner. Annika Romeyn and arts centre director Michael Dagostino. To put it bluntly, if the art work wasn’t post modernist on steroids it had no chance of picking up that… Read more »

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    In My View


    You can fool some of the people some of the time…

    It’s fair and reasonable to ask why those who govern us are all of a sudden so interested in what we think. It was a trickle at first, but now it’s a flood and it’s so bad they won’t start building a new toilet block without first asking us what we think. The latest to come through into the emailRead more »

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    On with the show very slowly: drive-in saga drags on

    A drive-in cinema could still be on the cards, even though just one application was received when Campbelltown Council advertised for expressions of interest in September. Time could be the enemy though, both because of the snail like progress of the process and with a vaccine for Covid-19 now not far away. The original idea, by Councillor Rey Manoto, oneRead more »

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    We will be in trepidation of Covid-19 words for a long time

    Lockdown, quarantine, curfew, face masks, community transmission, self isolation, close contact, virus hotspots, pandemic and Covid-19 or coronavirus. It’s not all of the buzz words of phrases of 2020, but it’s a big enough list to keep us going for a while. We’ve almost had to learn a new language to be able to stay in touch with where thingsRead more »

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    Convoy sets off to deliver message on domestic violence

    Wests Group Macarthur helped get the convoy for this year’s driving out violence campaign on its way in more ways than one. Wests presented each member of the convoy a breakfast pack including a piece of fruit, fresh muffin, water and juice before sending them off on their journey around Campbelltown. A small and socially distanced activation featuring Wests administrationRead more »


    Wanted: citizen scientists to monitor koala movements

    Residents living in or near koala habitat can now help track Campbelltown’s koala population as part of the largest monitoring program ever conducted in the region. A key part of Campbelltown Council’s comprehensive koala plan of management is to set up a long term koala monitoring program of the local koala colony’s locations, movements and numbers. Council is looking forRead more »



    Born in Macarthur: digital marketing platform for small businesses

    Icon Visual Marketing, a company that has been operating in Camden and Campbelltown for almost 20 years, has created a new marketing platform for small and medium size businesses. Called Odee, the start-up is the mastermind of Icon’s marketing experts. It has just been launched and is being initially offered to small and medium businesses in the Macarthur region IconRead more »


    Macarthur online business advice initiative is going live

    Online initiative Open for Business is going live this Friday. Local experts will share their knowledge when social media platform Good Morning Macarthur holds Open For Business – The Live Event. “During these tough times, small business owners who have needed guidance often did not have the support network to get that piece of valuable advice in time,” says localRead more »



    Council engineer with passion for photography

    The late Ray Hely was a senior civil engineer employed by Liverpool City Council from 1971 to 1993. But he also had a great passion for photography and an informal commission led to 20 years of capturing life in Liverpool. It seems he photographed anything and anyone and very little in Liverpool escaped his lens. Ray was aware that LiverpoolRead more »


    Thumbs up for Menangle Country Club breakfast menu

    About a dozen or so lucky people sat down for breakfast at Menangle Country Club this morning. Lucky because they were the first to explore the breakfast menu at Macarthur’s newest destination. Menangle Country Club will offer a full breakfast service from this long weekend, starting on Saturday. And judging from the reaction by this morning’s lucky guests, plenty ofRead more »



    Put your website’s landing page to work

    A website serves a bigger purpose than a lot of people realise – it is an online salesperson operating round the clock, writes MATTHEW GABRIEL, of local digital company Chevron Technologies. A website is a place to get your target audience to connect with you. A place to proudly showcase what you can do to make life easier for them.Read more »


    Camden Kids website is a big hit with local families

    Families are finding all the local information and services they need with ease, thanks to the Camden Kids website. The website, which celebrated its first birthday since its redesign recently, supports families to find local information and services. KU Cobbitty Preschool director, Rebecca Fordham, said the website was highly regarded by both educators and families. “We refer parents to theRead more »



    The Hermitage posts impressive sales figures over 2019

    Global residential property developer and home builder, Sekisui House Australia, has achieved strong sales success this year at their master planned community, The Hermitage at Gledswood Hills. From May to August, The Hermitage recorded a 97 per cent increase in sales numbers over the same period in 2019. Now Sekisui House is releasing earlier than scheduled a selection of 21Read more »


    New TAFE real estate course anticipates housing boom

    TAFE NSW has launched a new real estate course across four campuses in Western Sydney in response to a spike in demand for property services in the region. The Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice is being offered at Campbelltown, Kingswood, Bankstown and Granville, key growth areas surrounding the future aerotropolis and Western Parkland City. TAFE NSW head teacher of business and property, Susan Huntington, said the Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice isRead more »



    Ford Ranger FX4 cuts the mustard

    The first ever Ford Ranger FX4 MAX will make its Australian debut in late 2020. Ford says it will offer customers a new factory built, fully warranted Ranger with extended off-road capabilities inspired by Ranger Raptor. With specialised suspension, an All-Terrain off-road tyre and wheel package and unique proud stance, Ranger FX4 Max is a tough weekend off-roader with outstandingRead 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 »



    Five new riders in academy BMX program

    Five new athletes will be part of the next BMX program at the South West Sydney Academy of Sport. A total of 12 talented BMX riders have been selected into the 2020-2021 program under head coach Cara Wilde. They are Clay Johnson (Liverpool), Jack Young (Camden), Violet Dutko (Campbelltown), Bianca Moubarak (Camden), Ethan Moubarak (Camden), Kayden Murphy (Camden), Jayden MorrisRead more »


    Bulls to take on Wanderers in opening round of A-League

    Macarthur FC will kick off the new A-League season with a blockbuster clash against Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday, December 27 at Bankwest Stadium. Inaugural skipper Mark Milligan, pictured above, says the team is ready to go. Football Federation Australia has just released the season draw for 2020-21, which promises a festival of football in the first 17 days. AfterRead more »

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