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Tribute to a brilliant scoutmaster and patriot

In the midst of a globe in pandemic mourning and unprecedented economic and social strife, we should take care to continue to honour our community traditions lest they be lost in all the noise, writes PATRICK DUFFY, in this personal tribute to Adrian “Eddy’’ Tesler, a brilliant local scoutmaster, who died this week at the age of 74. As well as serving his country with distinction as a regular infantryman in Vietnam, Eddy Tesler spent many years in the late 1970s and 1980s as the scoutmaster at 1st Bradbury Scouts, and has left behind a lasting legacy for those of… Read more »

How Dilly Drought Drive has saved livelihoods – and lives

Sharon Robertson becomes emotional and can’t speak for a few moments after telling me what Dilly Drought Drive’s real achievement was over the past two and a half years. “The wives of farmers say to us: you’ve saved our husbands’ life,’’ says the woman who established the campaign to help local farmers doing it tough when the drought was at its worst. We are speaking on the phone about the Dilly Drive and how it has been a lifeline for those hit by the lack of rain for years. “People just don’t realise how tough it was for the farmers,’’… Read more »

Slammed: road upgrade that will hurt business

Three big hitters of the South West Sydney region are going into bat for a group of shop owners who believe a planned road upgrade could send them broke. Support for their stance has come from federal MP Anne Stanley, Liverpool MP Paul Lynch and Cr Nathan Hagarty. So far Transport NSW has turned a deaf ear to the submissions from the businesses and their supporters regarding the planned major upgrade of Hoxton Park Road. If nothing changes the works will go ahead, reducing access to the shopping centre at Hoxton Park, which could be a disaster according to Ms… Read more »

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    In My View


    Print is dead, long live local digital news

    The closure of printed local newspapers is the end of an era but doesn’t have to be the end of local news coverage, writes GREG WARREN, the state member for Campbelltown. News Local mastheads have been a staple throughout Western Sydney communities for many decades and they have been passionate and valuable advocates for those communities for just as long.Read more »

    Macarthur Chatter


    Sticky situation at return and earn

    Recycling levels in the South West Sydney region have soared since the introduction of “return and earn’’ a few years ago. After a slow start, these kiosk like contraptions usually located adjacent to shopping centres have multiplied like mushrooms. You turn up with your empty beer and soft drink glass and plastic bottles, and just put them on the conveyorRead more »

    Top 5


    How much worse can things get in 2020?

    Many moons ago the editorial team in a local newspaper dubbed a work experience kid “Sixty Questions’’. The reason being that the kid, who was a lovely young fellow by the way, just kept asking questions of all of us, day after day for a week. I was reminded of this when someone asked for the millionth time this weekRead more »

    Picture This


    Time to say goodbye to printed news

    It was pure coincidence that a day before the announcement that a string of local newspapers would close we received the picture above. The picture ran under a headline that said: What’s everyone reading? It was created by Daniel Currinckx, who is the sports program coordinator at the South West Sydney Academy of Sport and was posted on their FacebookRead more »



    Work to start on $50m Appin Road project

    Work will start later this month on $50 million worth of improvements to a 5.2 kilometre section of Appin Road. As part of the work, travel lanes in both directions will be widened between Brian Road, Appin and the entry to new housing development known as Gilead. The project will also: · widen and seal shoulders; · widen roadway forRead more »


    Return to new normal rolls on

    The reopening of local facilities rolls on with the Campbelltown pound – also known as the Animal Care Facility or ACF – set to open to the public from next Tuesday, June 9. Also reopening on the same date will be the Campbelltown civic centre customer service area on the ground floor of council’s Queen Street administration building. It willRead more »



    How overcoming adversity made Stacey Copas resilient

    Stacey Copas has created a framework of resilience based on her own experience of overcoming the adversity of becoming a quadriplegic at the age of 12. She is the author of How to be Resilient, and an international keynote speaker and facilitator on finding the opportunity in change and adversity. Ms Copas, pictured above, has also worked with large organisationsRead more »


    Business scholarships may go digital

    Have you recently started a new business in Macarthur? Is your home based business starting to outgrow that space?  Would you benefit from working alongside other like-minded entrepreneurs who are also growing their business?  Do you need a business mentor and access to a variety of professional support services to help your business grow to the next level? If youRead more »



    Exercise: humans built for movement, so why just sit there

    Stepping outside for some fresh air and exercise is bringing physical and mental health benefits to south western Sydney residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.  South Western Sydney Local Health District exercise physiologist Daisy Ho says Exercise Right Week during May 25 to 31 highlighted the importance of movement in our daily lives, particularly while staying at home.  “In the currentRead more »


    How to tackle the lockdown rubbish spike

    You will not be surprised to learn that while we’ve been stuck at home during the lockdown we have been producing a lot more rubbish than before the pandemic arrived. Camden Council says that over the past two months weekly household waste has increased by 15 percent. Now we are being urged to look at ways to reduce food wasteRead 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 »


    Online resource to keep our food supply secure

    The NSW Department of Primary Industries has activated a new specialist primary industries liaison team and launched an online resource to help the state’s $15.9 billion primary industries sector navigate the challenges and impacts of coronavirus.  Director general Scott Hansen says as each day brought new information and new challenges, it was critical to ensure the sector had access toRead more »



    It’s all downhill from here on housing starts

    The Housing Industry Association (HIA) says it has revised its forecasts and now expects housing starts in NSW to be down by 27.5 per cent this financial year and to decline by a further 34.1 per cent in 2020/21. The forecasts are included in the HIA Quarterly Economic and Industry Outlook reports published last week. The state and national outlookRead more »


    Agents go with the flow as restrictions are eased

    The Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW) has welcomed the State Government’s decision to remove some of the restrictions imposed on agents when showing and auctioning properties. The property services industry is being afforded the opportunity to expand the suite of services it currently offers the community under the Covid-19 social distancing regulations. The industry has earned this opportunity byRead more »



    Toyota’s Kluger hybrid set to be a hit

    Toyota has confirmed the next generation Kluger SUV will offer both hybrid and petrol engine options when it arrives in Australia in the first half of next year. The new seven seat Kluger embraces a similar dual powertrain strategy to that adopted by the Yaris Cross SUV due later this year and the latest-generation C-HR and RAV4. Toyota is theRead more »


    Lexus: Black Line Special Edition all about individualism

    Lexus has introduced the IS Black Line Special Edition with an increase in bespoke appointments and available for a limited time. Offered with Lexus IS 300 and Lexus IS 350 variants, the Black Line Special Edition combines the muscular rear wheel drive proportions of the IS with trademark Lexus craftsmanship, while raising moody sophistication and delivering new cabin tactility. TheRead more »



    Wests Tigers coach happy with second half effort

    After a brilliant second half defensive effort in the 28-16 victory against the Sharks last weekend, Wests Tigers head to Queensland full of confidence for the round four clash against the Titans. The game will be played at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, with kick off at 6.30pm. Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire, who admitted he was happy with that secondRead more »


    Grants to help clubs be ready when local sport returns

    The Southern Cross Gliding Club will install a glider training simulator at their clubhouse. Bringelly Netball Club will provide umpire and coaching courses. Oran Park Cricket Club will put on a level two coaching clinic, offer first aid courses and a club governance strategy workshop, plus subsidised uniforms for their players. Camden Junior AFL Football Club – the fourth localRead more »

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