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Triathlon’s grant whisperer and teenage softball mentor win new awards

A triathlon “grant whisperer’’ and a 16 year old who gives up her spare time to mentor softball umpires have taken out the inaugural Wests sports volunteers of the year awards. Glenn Schwarzel and Paige Morel were named winners of the new awards at a special dinner event held on Saturday night at Wests Campbelltown. Schwarzel is the president and a life member of the Macarthur Triathlon Club and president of the board of Triathlon NSW, where he has served since 2008. In 2010 he successfully obtained a significant grant to design and build a new triathlon facility in South… Read more »

Having a regular doctor can make world of difference to your health

Campbelltown doctor Allison Thorn says a GP can make a world of difference to the lives of many people. That’s the reason she chose medicine, says Dr Thorn, who works at the Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service. “There are lots of benefits to seeing a regular GP,’’ says Dr Thorn, pictured. “They will get to know you as a person, not just your medical history – the patient feels more comfortable, and the GP knows how to treat you best as an individual. “It’s why I love what I do.’’ Research shows the continuity of care that having a regular GP… Read more »

Book puts spotlight on mystery of Antill golf course land acquisition

Antill Golf Club Asociates, the latest book from Lynette Styles, sports a meek and mild title compared to some of her earlier efforts. They had titles such as Kangaroo Court and Deep Freeze in Wollondilly, and contained hard hitting content about Ms Styles during her time as councillor and for some years after that. However, Associates may sound like a pleasant stroll through a slice of golf history, but it’s so much more than that. Ms Styles integrates the story of women – associates, as they were known – involved in golf in the Wollondilly area for more than 100… Read more »

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    His stolen motorbike written off, Dino switches to a vespa

    Here is the latest instalment of the life and times of Benediet ‘Dino’ Sungkar. As regular readers will recall, this hard working young resident’s saga started getting media coverage here when like many other commuters he couldn’t find a parking spot at Leppington station three years ago. Dino started cycling to the station from his home in Austral, but itRead more »

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    How about the most colourful election campaign in history

    Some punters reckon this Saturday’s federal election campaign has been the most boring in living memory. And there’s some truth in that, as you would expect. As there is when the politicians declare – at every election and with a serious face – that it’s the most important one ever held. One thing that’s totally true about this election isRead more »

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    Old Berrima jail set to become an even bigger tourist attraction

    A trip down to the Southern Highlands for Macarthur residents usually includes checking out the numerous tourist attractions of Berrima. One of those attractions is the historic Berrima jail, which is now part of plans to convert it into a hotel and entertainment precinct. NSW minister for planning and homes Anthony Roberts has announced that the former Berrima Correctional CentreRead more »



    Community service award for Lomandra School principal

    Campbelltown MP Greg Warren has presented long-time Lomandra School principal Mark Smith, with a NSW Community Service Award. The award recognises individuals who have made a tremendous contribution to their community. Mr Smith has been at the helm of the school for students with significant and challenging behaviours since 2009. He started his teaching career in Bomaderrry High School onRead more »


    Anoulack scolds state government over spin cycle on research facility

    Anoulack Chanthivong has chided the state government for reannouncing the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) instead of getting on and building it. The member for Macquarie Fields, who is also on the Labor opposition frontbench as their industry and trade spokesperson, says it’s time for “more than press releases’’.Earlier this week the state government with great fanfare said the AMRFRead more »



    Shop owners urged to apply for a slice of Street Appeal funding cake

    Businesses in the Ingleburn and Campbelltown CBDs are being encouraged to apply for the Street Appeal shop front improvement grant and book a session with a business advisor before applications close in less than two weeks on Monday, May 30. All applicants are required to meet with a local Business Connect advisor to help them understand the grant process andRead more »


    David Borger: high flying champion of Western Sydney

    Two days ago, David Borger, the executive director of Business Western Sydney, checked out the progress of the new international airport under construction at Badgerys Creek. “Hard to believe that back in 1979 my dad worked on the plans for an airport in Western Sydney at Badgerys Creek and here I am all these years later finally seeing it comingRead more »



    Country music festival ropes in Adam Brand as headline act

    Aussie super star Adam Brand, who will be headline act at Camden’s first country music festival, is no stranger to this historic part of the Macarthur region. “I’ve been to Camden a few times before and I’ve actually performed there once,’’ he says. “I’m hoping to see some pretty slick dancing on the night!’’ Brand said he would be performingRead more »


    The arts are coming back in a rush at Camden

    Life, Love and Light is an exhibition that allows the viewer to follow Camden artist Alan D. Baker’s story of, well, life, love and light. The exhibition is on display within the historic walls of Macaria, the historic cottage in the heart fo Camden town also now known as the Alan Baker art gallery. Life, Love and Light reflects onRead more »



    True Blue state charging ahead with electric vehicle network

    NSW is on the road to building the country’s largest electric vehicle charging network. As part of the plan, the state government is currently offering $20 million in grants to establish up to 3,500 electric vehicle chargers in regional areas of NSW. The co-funded grants, ranging from $2000 to $40,000 per site for EV chargers across regional NSW, would boostRead more »


    Next wave of space technology may be produced right here

    Workers in Western Sydney will learn to produce the next wave of space technology and high-tech componentry as part of the first industry led short courses rolled out under the NSW Government’s $37 million new education and training model (NETM). Fifteen education providers have been appointed to deliver the short courses, or “micro-credentials”. “Western Sydney University and GE Additive haveRead more »



    Funding for infrastructure to help deliver more homes in growth hubs

    The NSW Government is ramping up its investment in vital infrastructure to support the delivery of more than 30,000 new homes in areas that are experiencing record growth such as Campbelltown and Liverpool. Premier Dominic Perrottet and minister for planning and homes Anthony Roberts have announced 24 council led projects have been selected for funding through the second round of theRead more »


    Menangle Park development powers ahead with stage three

    Dahua Group Australia has announced that it will start  construction of 331 new lots in the coming months, following approval of stage three south at its master planned development of Menangle Park. The company says stage one and stage 2A have been completed. The commencement of stage three marks another major milestone for the development and heralds a new eraRead more »



    Home is where electric vehicle charging will happen for most of us

    Volkswagen Group Australia managing director Paul Sansom has called on the building industry and government to “liberate Australians from traditional filling stations with home electric vehicle [EV] charging”. In the keynote address at the Green Building Council’s Transform 22 summit in Sydney, Mr Sansom said that the automotive and the building industries “are becoming increasingly and permanently interdependent”. “The greatest misconception around EVsRead more »


    Councils, Highway Patrol join forces for Eyes on the Road

    Eyes on the Road, a joint initiative between Camden and Campbelltown Councils and Macarthur Highway Patrol, was recently launched. Published the second Monday of the month on Camden and Campbelltown Council’s Facebook pages and websites, Eyes on the Road highlights local, timely and relevant road safety issues. In January it focused on caravan towing and things to consider before headingRead more »



    Metropolitan harness racing gets $1.5m prizemoney boost

    It’s the pinnacle of harness racing in this country and Club Menangle is making it even more lucrative with substantial increases in metropolitan prizemoney from July 1. The most significant increase will see the minimum metropolitan prizemoney jump from $13,000 to $20,000. The finals of the hugely successful Country Series will increase from $20,000 to $25,000. These increases alone willRead more »


    Hopes boosted as Wests Tigers stars return from injuries

    Fullback Daine Laurie is back for Indigenous Round. With a stack of players returning from injuries, Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire has been forced to make a lot of changes for this week’s game against South Sydney. Following the 36-22 victory over the Bulldogs last Friday, which suddenly has the side just two wins out of the top eight, thingsRead more »

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