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Oils ain’t oils, but thumbs up for Atlantic golf day

The Atlantic Oils annual golf day at Macquarie Links was a little different this year. Put on every year by the local company to say thank you to its clients and business associates, it includes breakfast, a round of golf, followed by a late lunch. But last Friday it didn’t take long to notice the changes that the Covid-19 pandemic has made to our way of life. First of all, in among the goodies stored in your golf cart, new balls, cap, snacks and beverages, is a sanitiser bottle. Fair enough, because you know some people still like to shake… Read more »

Macarthur, you rock: amazing response to 24 Hour Fight

The pandemic has affected everyone, but it has hit charities a little harder. Lockdowns, restrictions and social distancing have made it almost impossible to carry on as though nothing had changed. The 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer was no exception. While its fundraising happens over many months and several different activities, they are all heavily focused on people being close together. Its biggest day, not just for raising money to fight cancer, but awareness of where we’re at in dealing with this scourge, is a 24 Hour walk in the athletics track of Campbelltown Sports Stadium. From right: Warren Morrison,… Read more »

Lifeline Macarthur CEO says it’s all about making a difference

Two years into the job as chief executive officer of Lifeline Macarthur, Brad Hannagan sounds like a man who has finally found his true calling in life. “I wake up every morning feeling I’m making a difference,’’ he says when we sit down for an interview at Smeaton Grange recently. “I spent a lot of my early career working for US multinationals, putting money in shareholders’ pockets. “And now I am doing something where actually I am making a difference and it makes me feel really good knowing we’ve helped some Australians through a crisis,’’ Mr Hannagan tells me. He… 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.

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    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 »

    Macarthur Chatter


    Top 5


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    Tale of Reimagining Campbelltown perfect for time capsule

    On Tuesday, December 1, a time capsule will be buried at historic Glenalvon House, which is in Lithgow Street, around the corner from the heart of Queen Street, Campbelltown, pictured above. The capsule will be opened in 100 years, in 2120, and let’s hope the people alive that year are luckier than we are at the moment in 2020. InRead more »

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    Santa will literally rock Campbelltown this Christmas

    Here I come, Campbelltown boys and girls. Santa Claus is going to literally rock Campbelltown this Christmas. The jolly man in the red suit will lead the way when the Rocking around Campbelltown Christmas Convoy hits the road at 2pm on Saturday, December 5. The convoy will include Santa and his sleigh, carollers singing Christmas favourites and Batman in hisRead more »

    News


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    Headspace says 2020 annus horribilis for young people

    The local headspace team. With new research showing higher levels of distress in 2020, headspace Campbelltown is encouraging young people in the local community to take small steps for their mental health. The research shows three in ten young people (31 percent) in NSW report high or very high levels of psychological distress, higher among young women (35 percent), thanRead more »

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    Almost $1 billion from land sales in Campbelltown over five years

    Campbelltown MP Greg Warren wants to know just one thing about almost $1 billion made from selling off Campbelltown public assets in the past five years: where was the money spent on. “The government must explain what the money from sales has been spent on and why it hasn’t been invested back into our local area – where the fundsRead more »

    Business


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    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 »

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    Mental health workshops part of 2020 small business month program

    Mental health workshops will be part of this year’s Camden Council small business month program. To celebrate small business month and mental health month in October, council has put together a program for local business focusing on mental health awareness, creative business planning and hands on art therapy. The Small Business Month program includes: Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing SeminarRead more »

    Lifestyle


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    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 »

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    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 »

    Technology


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    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 »

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    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 »

    Property


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    More than 100 land sales get Wilton Greens going

    Artist impression of Wilton Greens on completion. More than 100 land sales in the past three weeks have made the $1.5 billion Wilton Greens development one of the fastest selling in NSW. The 105 land sales, valued at $30.8 million, have kick-started the project’s launch. Prices in the first four releases ranged from $239,000 to $372,500 with land sizes rangingRead more »

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    HomeBuilder set to boost next quarter construction, jobs

    New home sales data confirms that HomeBuilder will support building activity and protect jobs in the December 2020 quarter, according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA). The HIA new home sales report, a monthly survey of the largest volume home builders in the five largest states, is a leading indicator of future trends in the residential building industry. It wasRead more »

    Motoring


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    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 »

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    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 »

    Sport


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    Mark Milligan named inaugural skipper of Macarthur FC Bulls

    He’s captained the Socceroos and was part of four World Cup campaigns, so it was no surprise that Mark Milligan got the nod to be the Macarthur FC inaugural captain. The Bulls made the announcement today, along with news that Club Menangle will be the club’s captain sponsor. Milligan, one of the most decorated Socceroos in Australian football history, willRead more »

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    Young gun latest recruit of Macarthur FC Bulls

    Macarthur FC’s latest recruit is young gun Antonis Martis, who has joined the club on loan from Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland. Raised in South Western Sydney, the Cypriot Australian joins Milicic’s inaugural Bulls squad for the 2020/21 A-League season. A graduate of the FC Midtjylland academy and youth programs, Martis, 20, spent the preseason with the reigning Danish top-flightRead more »

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