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Liverpool poised to celebrate 150 years of local government

Richard Sadleir was a naval officer and school master who was elected the first Mayor of Liverpool 149 years ago. Now a councillor who is seeking election to the same office wants Liverpool to celebrate the 150th anniversary of becoming a municipality. Cr Nathan Hagarty, pictured, is chuffed after receiving unanimous support from his fellow councillors. “June 27, 2022 is a significant occasion for our great city and I’m glad to see we will be giving it the recognition it deserves,’’ he says. Cr Hagarty also expressed his gratitude to Glen Op Den Brouw, the president of the City of… Read more »

Landowners get better deal on Aerotropolis open space

Fewer properties will need to be acquired for the Western Sydney Airport aerotropolis following the state government decision to reduce the amount of land earmarked for open space by 42 percent and an environment and recreation zoning by a third. The about face has been given the thumbs up by some, while others have expressed concerns not all of the problems surrounding the establishment of the aerotropolis have been fixed. Anne Stanley, the federal member for Werriwa, and Liverpool City councillor and mayoral candidate Nathan Hagarty, have cautiously welcomed the changes to the open space zone. “These changes are a… Read more »

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 »

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    In My View


    How accountable and transparent has your council been?

    It is now certain the council elections will go ahead on December 4. The current term is now into its sixth year, which is rather unfortunate, especially for those areas with a poorly performing council. And there’s one or two in our midst, especially when it comes to matters of transparency and accountability. We’ll have a bit more to sayRead more »

    Macarthur Chatter


    Election campaign has just got a lot more interesting

    There’s just over a month before we all have to vote for new councils across Macarthur and outer South Western Sydney on Saturday, December 4. Nominations open next week, but in the meantime we can reveal that they will contain some bombshells. The big one is that Liberal Party – are you sitting down – has endorsed Ned Mannoun asRead more »

    Top 5


    Golf and haircut can wait, but not track shoes

    Yes, yes, get a haircut, old boy. Well, yes, and I don’t know about you, but going to the barber or the hairdresser is not the biggest priority around here. Sure, the hair needs cutting, but there are more important things in life. Such as the track shoes which have served me so well for a couple of years, butRead more »

    Picture This


    Newest Australian citizens came from more than 60 countries

    More than 1,200 residents of Campbelltown received their Australian citizenship in the past 12 months via online ceremonies. These new Australians had come here from more than 60 countries. Among them was Zaman, who migrated from the small city of Rangpur in Bangladesh. “Becoming an Australian citizen means a more formal relationship with the people of this country living inRead more »



    Reopening of public facilities gathering pace from next Monday

    Reopening from next Monday: Quondong at night. Historic Quondong, Campbelltown’s visitor information centre located near the arts centre, is one of several local venues reopening to the public from next Monday, October 25. Campbelltown Council has this afternoon announced that the Queen Street Civic Centre and the public libraries at Eagle Vale and Glenquarie will also be reopening their doors.Read more »


    Tourism and events package just what the doctor ordered

    Casula Powerhouse is one of Liverpool’s great tourist attractions. Before the pandemic, tourism contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to Liverpool’s local economy and provided thousands of jobs. Lockdowns and restrictions however have a detrimental impact. In just one 12 month period, tourism’s contribution to the local economy declined by around $362 million. It also resulted in the loss ofRead more »



    Narellan business chamber elects new president

    This is an incredibly exciting time for the region, says Steve Moore, the newly elected president of Narellan business chamber. “Sustained record residential and business growth prior to lockdowns, and the imminent aerotropolis construction, positions the Narellan region for extensive short term investment that all members can capitalise on,’’ Mr Moore said after taking over the chamber reins from ShaunRead more »


    Your favourite stores at Minto Marketplace ready to welcome you back

    The gradual transition from the lockdown means all your favourite stores are back at Minto Marketplace, one of the most popular shopping precincts in the Campbelltown local government area. The fashion you love, the food you love and the services you love are all waiting for you. Since Monday, and as NSW revels in new freedoms now that we’ve reachedRead more »



    Murphy’s law – rescuing a dog is just awesome

    Nancy Mills, who adopted Murphy, a male terrier cross, from Camden’s animal care facility, says it’s “awesome’’ to rescue a dog – and to give them a good life. Ms Mills said she has worked hard to provide love and care to Murphy, which she suspected he did not receive prior to his adoption. “The first dog that I adoptedRead more »


    Camden wants to end lockdown with a bang

    If being part of a Guinness world record is on your wish list, here’s your chance. In Camden they want to end the lockdown with a bang by breaking the world record for the biggest online trivia event in the world. Sunday, October 10, now looks like being the last day of this current lockdown and Camden Council doesn’t wantRead more »



    Housing supply information at your fingertips

    Information that illustrates the supply pipeline of new homes and infrastructure will be available at the touch of a button with the launch of two new online platforms. The platforms are designed to deliver better support planning and investment in NSW. Minister for planning and public spaces Rob Stokes launched the Greater Sydney Urban Development Program and Housing Evidence CentreRead 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 »



    Work to start on first 200 homes of new Menangle Park community

    Construction work will begin in the next few weeks on around 200 homes as part of the first stage of the $1.5 billion Menangle Park development. Dahua Group Australia (DGA) says that despite the challenges the construction industry has faced over the last year due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is able to announce it has delivered the first stage ofRead 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 »



    NSW maps out the path to electric vehicle revolution

    Here comes the revolution: a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. Substantial cash rebates and ultra-fast charging stations are among new measures that will get more motorists behind the wheel of their first electric vehicle. The measures are part of the state government’s NSW EV Strategy legislation that has passed through the parliament. The government says it has committed $490 million towardsRead 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 »



    Nathan Cayless to tackle assistant coach role at Wests Tigers

    Wests Tigers have this afternoon confirmed the appointment of Ben Gardiner and Nathan Cayless as assistant coaches to Michael Maguire for the 2022 NRL season. Gardiner joined Wests Tigers in 2021 as head coach of the club’s Knock-On Effect NSW Cup side, Western Suburbs – leading the Magpies to second on the ladder before the competition was suspended. Prior to that, GardinerRead more »


    Pump it up: Work starts on international level BMX track

    Aussie BMX stars were sensational during the Tokyo Olympic Games, bringing home plenty of medals. Camden Council is hoping that future BMX Olympians will hail from the Macarthur region. What will turn hope into reality is the construction of an international level BMX facility at Kirkham Park. Camden Council says work is about to start on the next phase ofRead more »

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