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Rising cricket star’s Corrective Services career all in the family

When cricket allrounder Ben Patterson is not smashing the ball over the fence or clean bowling a batsman he’s helping people in jail get ready to live in the community when they are released. The 23 year old Campbelltown Camden Ghosts rising star followed in his mother Jodie’s footsteps by joining Corrective Services NSW last year. At first he was posted to Bathurst Correctional Centre as a case management officer but now he’s a services and programs officer at Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre. Patterson grew up in Dubbo, and that’s where both his cricket ability and a career with Corrective… Read more »

Inmates help rebuild fire ravaged dingo sanctuary

The bush fire disaster has produced its share of positive, uplifting stories. To that growing list we can now add the efforts of a group of inmates who have helped rebuild a dingo shelter destroyed by bush fires. The Bargo Dingo Sanctuary was severely damaged by the Green Wattle Creek blaze last month with gardens, sheds and a showroom with 52 years of memorabilia completely gutted. The inmates and their Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) overseers have been praised for their efforts to help rebuild the shelter. A team of two CSNSW overseers and 13 minimum security inmates from the Illawarra… Read more »

Generation STEM could be game changer on local jobs

Almost three out of four Macarthur region residents travel out of the area for work. This has been the case for decades, but it’s possible all this is about to change for the better. A combination of highly skilled workers and the proximity of the Western Sydney Airport may just be the right formula for more locals also working locally. There’s a push to encourage more local students to take up STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) which are considered the best pathway to a highly skilled workforce.  As part of this strategy, Camden Council has hosted the first public… Read more »

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    In My View


    Shane Fitzsimmons for premier of NSW

    How about that RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons – wouldn’t he look good in the big chair as NSW premier or even Prime Minister. He certainly looks comfortable handling one of the country’s biggest peace time disasters. Which is a lot more than you can say for Scomo and Gladys. Go to social media and search for pictures of the threeRead more »

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    Merry Christmas to our Campbelltown Sports Stadium

    It’s all hush hush, like a lot of issues at Campbelltown Council these days, but we can tell you that you won’t have to change what you call our wonderful sports stadium. As predicted and reported in this column earlier this year, the expressions of interest process to find someone to pay mega bucks for the naming rights of CampbelltownRead more »

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    What if it never rains again and other silly claims

    I remember the words well: “If it rains again.’’ They were said by a politician during an interview late last year and I recalled them today as I sat by my window watching the rain tumble down in Campbelltown. I won’t embarrass them by naming them, but those four little words reminded me of a trend last year for someRead more »

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    Go4Fun way to develop healthy habits

    Children and their families have the chance to develop healthy habits, boost their fitness and most of all have fun at a free after school program starting in February across the South Western Sydney Local Health District. NSW Health’s Go4Fun program for children aged from 7 to 13 above a healthy weight and their families makes fitness and healthy eatingRead more »



    Head out on the highway to help fire affected neighbours

    This Australia Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to help local areas affected by bushfires last year. Pack the family in the car and head out to places such as Warragamba, Picton, and Wingello, Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale, see the sights and spend a few dollars. The locals would sure appreciate your business as they get into recovery mode.Read more »


    Meet TAFE fitness graduate changing lives of young women

    Mount Annan Leisure Centre has become the first gym in NSW to deliver a unique female wellness project for young women in Western Sydney, with the help of a TAFE NSW graduate. Marilyn Oliver, who completed a Certificate III and IV in Fitness at TAFE NSW Macquarie Fields, is now changing the lives of young women in South West SydneyRead more »



    How scholarships help small businesses find their feet

    Four local small businesses immersed themselves in a business development and growth program over the past three months. It was all part of the second round of Campbelltown City Council’s business scholarships program. The program offers each participating business access to a co-working space for six months, e-learning resources and online collaboration, and advanced business coaching and mentoring from anRead more »


    Shorrocks team will have you back on your feet in no time

    You’re crossing the street in a leisurely fashion but you take off when a car suddenly appears. Unfortunately one of your calf muscles snaps, which is a serious injury because now you’re basically on one leg. Don’t worry, the experts at Shorrocks Human Movement & Rehabilitation Services will have you back on your feet in no time. That’s because personalisedRead more »



    Fascinating exhibitions explore pop culture

    What is it about sneakers? There’s this young fellow in my circle who can’t get enough of them, buying a new pair every chance he gets. And when he does, he takes a photo and posts it on his Instagram account with the usual hashtags, such as #newsneakers and so on. Maybe a new exhibition coming to South West SydneyRead more »


    River location for sculptures by the sea

    Works from Sculpture by the Sea could soon be described as sculptures by the river. The eight sculptures will be installed along the Georges River in the inaugural Liverpool Sculpture Walk from December 7.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with Sculpture by the Sea for Liverpool Sculpture Walk,” says Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller.  “Sculptures that attracted huge crowds to Bondi will now beRead more »



    Disney debut adds even more choice to streaming options

    A week ago, on November 19, Disney+ made a smashing debut onto the stage of the streaming services battleground here in Australia. This new service is adding to the list of competitors in this landscape and Disney has the background to support itself with the banners of Walt Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar which will appear exclusively on itsRead more »


    Telehealth facilities in our hospitals mean better patient care

    Here’s another initiative that confirms that our hospitals and doctors are embracing the digital world in order to provide better health care to patients. State of the art telehealth facilities have opened in Campbelltown, Liverpool and Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospitals, improving patient care through better collaboration. South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) chief executive Amanda Larkin said the $700,000 project integratesRead more »



    Oldies who own their home give downsizing cold shoulder

    Unless their health declines, older Australians who own their homes don’t give downsizing even a second’s thought. New research by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) confirms what we already knew: around 65 per cent of home owners aged 65–74 in 2001 were still living in their original residence in 2016. The AHURI research found that: • HomeRead more »


    New laws offer more protection when buying off the plan

    After conducting a review of the law governing off the plan contracts, the State Government has now introduced legislation that prescribes greater disclosure obligations for developers and stronger protections for buyers. Off-the-plan purchases have become hugely more popular over the past decade with sales increasing by 10.6 percent, up from 2,646 in 2008-2009 to 17,218 in 2018-2019. An off-the-plan contract isRead more »



    Lexus bucks trend to post record sales in 2019

    Lexus has entered its 30th anniversary year in Australia after setting an annual sales record in 2019. The luxury lifestyle brand achieved 9,612 annual sales, 585 more than the previous record set in 2016 and 9 per cent higher compared with 2018. Landmark annual sales were the culmination of several records set in 2019, including a record 721 sales in DecemberRead more »


    Extra tax on electric cars hit for six

    A new report from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia that suggests an additional road user charge on electric vehicles should be introduced is economically illiterate and should be rejected out of hand, according to the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC). The CEO of EVC, Behyad Jafari, says the vast potential of EVs to improve the nation’s air quality, energy security, and carbon outputRead more »



    Getting into the academy part of the journey

    A fresh faced sports programmer and events coordinator at SWSAS: Daniel Currinckx. Newly appointed South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) sports program coordinator Daniel Currinckx says the selection process is an exciting part of the journey of elite athletes. “As a newcomer to SWSAS it is personally motivating to see athletes engage in the excitement of selection and eagerRead more »

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