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Council candidate worried Campbelltown losing its identity

Kevin Dillon is reserved, in an old school kind of way. A good way, you understand. Now in retirement, the Glen Alpine resident is offering to serve the people of Campbelltown. He has put his hand up and joined Councillor Warren Morrison and the Totally Locally Committed (TLC) team for the next council elections in September. Mr Dillon will be in the number two spot on the eight person TLC ticket. “If I get elected, I am ready to be of service,’’ he tells the South West Voice in Macarthur when we sit down for an interview at the arts… Read more »

Christmess the movie: cameras to start rolling in Macarthur soon

Fresh out of rehab, a desperate, once famous actor – Chris Flint – takes a job as a Santa Claus in a suburban strip mall where he unexpectedly encounters his long estranged daughter and infant grandson. With the love and support of his kind and caring sponsor, Carol, and a young, sharp tongued, gay musician also in recovery named Joy, Chris sets about staying sober in order to win his daughter’s forgiveness for Christmas. And so this is Christmess, the movie that will be shot in the Macarthur region from this July. Susan Prior, and, below, Steve Le Marquand. “And… Read more »

Menangle Park: no planning for electric train service, commuter car parking

Slowly but surely, more and more houses are going up in Campbelltown’s newest boom suburb, Menangle Park, as the construction pace picks up. In the next 10 years close to 4,000 homes will be built and more than 10,000 people will live in Menangle Park. One would expect there would be plans to make sure vital infrastructure becomes available as more and more residents move into Menangle Park. This would include an electrified train service between Macarthur station and Menangle Park station as well as the provision of commuter car parking. The State Government massively underestimated the need for commuter… Read more »

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    C’mon Gladys, give our nurses and midwives a break

    Politicians would not like it one bit if they had to start paying for parking at their place of work. Each one of them, from the premier Gladys Berejiklian to the lowest backbencher, would resent it if, just like hospital staff in Campbelltown, they had to fork out for parking. What nurses and midwives are copping at Campbelltown and otherRead more »

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    Pioneers’ cemetery in town centre needs a little TLC

    Maybe their mowers are all in for repairs, but the Anglican Church in Campbelltown ought to do something about the state of the Pioneers Cemetery in Broughton Street, Campbelltown, pictured. The cemetery is literally located in the heart of town and a heck of a lot of traffic goes past it every day. That long grass around the burial sitesRead more »

    Top 5


    April Fools day jokes: hey, your shoelaces are undone

    First thing my wife said to me this morning when I returned from my walk was: your shoelaces are undone… Luckily I had taken off the joggers by then so I didn’t fall for the worst April Fools day joke of all time. We’ve all used it, which probably also makes it the most used joke as well as theRead more »

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    To the Panjo eyesore now add Brands on Sale in Queen Street

    A small item on our social media (Facebook) yesterday about the demolition of the squash courts in Dumaresq Street started a conversation about some of the eyesores of Campbelltown. This was particularly interesting because on Tuesday night there was a lot of talk at the Campbelltown Council meeting about spending lots of dollars to entice tourists. On Facebook meanwhile, readersRead more »



    Return of popular doggy festival paws for thought

    Get howling Camden, your favourite doggy festival is back with a twist in 2021. Paws in the Park returns with a combination of live and online activities for our furry friends on Sunday, May 2. The live event, to be held at Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park from 9am-1pm, will include: Paws 2km walk – Enjoy a walk through the trackRead more »


    Warren urges show of support for Anzac Day in 2021

    It is imperative as a nation that we preserve the stories of our brave Australian Defence Force personnel – and it starts by encouraging younger generations to attend Anzac Day marches and services every year, says MP Greg Warren. The member for Campbelltown and opposition spokesman on veterans’ affairs in the NSW parliament – who also served in the ADFRead more »



    Selling goods and services to the government

    Business owners, industry groups and members of the public are encouraged to have their say on how to make it easier for small, medium and regional businesses to sell goods and services to the NSW Government. Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the consultation would assist the NSW Government in a number of areas including the NSWRead more »


    Local hotels offered grants for energy saving projects

    Grants of up to $25,000 for energy saving projects are up for grabs for small and medium hotels to help them lower their power bills. Federal member for Hume Angus Taylor, pictured, whose electorate includes a substantial part of the Macarthur region, says hotels, motels and serviced apartment complexes with up to 99 rooms will be able to access grantsRead more »


    NSW Seniors Festival and Premie’s Gala Concert © Salty Dingo 2020 CRG

    There will be no stopping our seniors as festival returns

    From expos to fitness classes, seniors across the Macarthur region will be offered the chance to do it all in 2021 during April 13-24. In Campbelltown dozens of events will be activated during the seniors festival. Events are for people aged 60 and over, 50 and over for people living with a disability and 50 and over for Aboriginal andRead more »


    Swadisht – an exquisite addition to Alkalizer food offerings

    Nourish, balance, renew, energise. Those four words have been at the core of the philosophy at the aptly named Alkalizer cafe since it opened its doors four years ago in the forecourt of the Campbelltown Council building in Queen Street. “​Alkalizer​ has been blessed to be based in the multicultural and dynamic community of Campbelltown,’’ says Shefali Pall, the drivingRead more »



    Plan for community groups to reduce power bills and their emissions

    Community groups across Australia will be supported by a new Morrison Government program to lower energy costs, support local jobs and help reduce global emissions. Through the Powering Communities Program, thousands of community organisations will be able to apply for a grant to help lower their power bills. The $10.2 million program will fund up to 12 projects worth aRead more »


    Wollondilly launches customer service portal

    Wollondilly residents can now manage and track their own customer service requests online thanks to a new customer service portal launched this week. This will mean requests are actioned quicker and residents will be updated in real time as council acts on the request.  Once logged in, customers can also see if issues in their area such as fallen treesRead more »



    Under quoting crackdown: spotlight on real estate agents

    Fair Trading inspectors will be visiting real estate agencies, auctions and open homes across Sydney’s suburbs this week to crack down on property underquoting. Better regulation minister Kevin Anderson said teams of inspectors will be focusing on the illegal practice of falsely advertising property or indicating it will sell for less than its estimated selling price. “With so many peopleRead more »


    Work starts on giant Wilton Greens residential development

    Civil and subdivision works have started on Risland Australia’s $1.5 billion Wilton Greens project. Wilton Greens is located in Wilton, Wollondilly, and is just 30 minutes from Campbelltown by car. The development spans 433 hectares and will comprise 3,600 land parcels with a variety of housing types. It will feature two employment hubs, a local neighbourhood centre, seven large high-qualityRead more »



    Updated child seat guidelines up the ante on safety

    A correctly restrained child in forward facing seat. Our children will be safer while travelling on NSW roads, after newly updated child seat guidelines were released to help parents and carers choose the right restraints and use them correctly. The Best Practice Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles, which has been developed by Neuroscience ResearchRead more »


    New log book perfect for owners of classic cars

    Whether you drive a model T Ford or a GTHO, owners of historic and classic cars now have a new and convenient way to record the personal use of their vehicles for up to 60 days, outside of club organised events. NSW regional transport and roads minister Paul Toole said a new pocket-size log book is helping car enthusiasts toRead more »



    Why Wests Tigers and Maguire need some wins quickly

    Wests Tigers will be looking to make amends for the heartbreaking golden point loss to Souths when they take on Manly this Sunday, April 25. In a sign that he was happy with his team’s performance last Saturday, head coach Michael Maguire has made few changes to the team that will run out on Bankwest Stadium on Anzac Day. ButRead more »


    Three from three: Harlequins in perfect start to the season

    Campbelltown Harlequins will be shooting for four wins from as many outings when they host the University of Wollongong this Saturday. The Quinnies, who share top spot on the ladder after a perfect start to the 2021 season, returned victorious from the ‘Gong on the weekend after downing Tech Waratahs 32-27 in a tight contest. Campbelltown scrum half Terry FanoluaRead more »

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