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Chris Hayes: our man in Canberra did it his way for 17 years

Chris Hayes did not have much of a say when he stood for election in Fowler in 2010. He was first elected to federal parliament for Werriwa in 2005 in a byelection to replace former Labor leader Mark Latham. Hayes comfortably won Werriwa at the general election in 2007 and was set for a long stint representing the place he called home. Politics is often unpredictable, as he found out prior to the 2010 election when he was told the party would parachute Laurie Ferguson into Werriwa. Hayes wasn’t left with much choice: it’s either Fowler or the highway. So… Read more »

Billabong Q&A on council reveals water park will now cost $42m

An extraordinary Campbelltown Council meeting that turned into a Billabong Q&A has ripped the veil of secrecy off the controversial project. Labor leader on the council Darcy Lound launched a barrage of questions about the Billabong, which turns out will now cost Campbelltown ratepayers more than $42 million. The original plan cost a little over $18 million. Both Cr Lound and his colleague Karen Hunt conducted a forensic examination of just about every aspect of the Billabong, which had been championed by the former mayor, George Brticevic. As everyone now knows, Cr Brticevic, who served five years as mayor under… Read more »

Master plan wheels in motion for $1 billion justice precinct

There’s been a lot of talk about funding transformational projects. But there is nothing more transformational than the plan for a community and justice precinct in the heart of Campbelltown. As the $1 billion plus project – yes, one billion dollars – enters the master planning stages it is becoming clear that it could be the biggest local infrastructure project for more than 50 years. It could arguably be even bigger than the establishment of a Western Sydney University campus in Campbelltown in the late 1990s. What makes the justice precinct so transformational is its location, right in the middle… Read more »

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    Now just another covid statistic, but does anyone care?

    Like most people, the pandemic has slowly been receding out of my memory in the past few months. But here I am now, another covid statistic. Yes, I tested positive this week. After getting through a couple of horror nights and the beast settled down a bit, I couldn’t help looking up at the current situation with the virus thatRead more »

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    SES is on a winner: Unimog to the rescue in flood emergency

    Unimog – it’s a funny name for a high clearance vehicle – but it has already proven a big boost to the NSW SES fleet, assisting in the rescue of more than 50 people in just three separate jobs during the current flooding emergency. The NSW SES Unimog vehicles are a recent $4.6 million investment, and a resource the SESRead more »



    Big award for Ingleburn Rotary’s lockdown mental health plan for students

    During last year’s never ending lockdown, Ingleburn Rotary club came up with the idea of empowering students and teachers at four local schools to create RU OK day mental health initiatives to build resilience, connection and a sense of hope. Sarah Redfern High School, Hurlstone Agricultural High School, Passfield Park School and The Grange Public School used the Rotary grantsRead more »



    Connect and grow with annual small business month grants

    Every year, the Small Business Month grants program helps firms connect and grow. “Small business owners and operators have highlighted the value of networking, sharing ideas and information,’’ says NSW minister for small business Eleni Petinos. “At this important time it is critical they have access to the latest information, trends and advice for their businesses,” Ms Petinos said. “We areRead more »


    William Gill knows business is all about the numbers

    William Gill started his career as a mechanical engineer and quickly moved into sales and marketing, which has since become his passion. However, the lessons learned from engineering taught him that business, which obviously needs to be creative, is ultimately about numbers and cause and effect. In a 40-year career, spanning three continents, he moved from salesperson to management, boardRead more »



    Wests Perfect Plate dish points to talented team in the kitchen

    The days when clubs and pubs were the poor cousins of the culinary world are long gone. These days some of our best chefs are running the kitchens of clubs like Wests Leagues at Leumeah. Great ingredients combined with masterful preparation and cooking skills produce excellent food for members, their guests and visitors seven days a week. The Wests LeaguesRead more »



    Book a council hall or sport ground without leaving home

    Digital technology is changing just about every facet of life, and one of the latest is booking council halls and even sporting venues. Camden Council has got on board by rolling out a new sports ground and facility booking software called Bookable. The new online system allows residents to compare, select, book and pay for venues instantly, without ever havingRead 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 »



    Govt says Budget measures will supercharge housing supply

    The NSW Government has committed almost $500 million unlocking land and accelerating housing infrastructure to enable hundreds of thousands of  new homes across the State. The measures are part of the 2022-2023 NSW Budget. The $500 million of the NSW Government’s 2022 housing package will deliver: $300 million to co-fund and accelerate the delivery of shovel-ready infrastructure projects that willRead 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 »



    Two million motorists can’t be wrong: FuelCheck app works

    Motorists are being reminded to download the NSW Government’s popular FuelCheck app and find the cheapest fuel at the bowser, with new figures revealing there have been two million downloads. Using the technology regularly could save motorists in excess of $800 a year. “With the long weekend just around the corner, now is the perfect time to download FuelCheck andRead 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 »



    Kimmorley still looking for his first NRL win with Wests Tigers

    Caretaker coach Brett Kimmorley, who is still looking for his first win since his appointment, has named his 22-man squad for the round 17 match against Parramatta Eels at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night. Kimmorley, who has lost all three games he has been in charge of the NRL side, has announced that another Wests Tigers pathways player will makeRead more »


    C’mon Charlie: Bulls fan favourite M’Mombwa signs contract extension

    Macarthur FC fan favourite Charles M’Mombwa has inked a new contract which will keep him at Campbelltown for the next two A-League seasons. In his first season with the Bulls in 2020-21, M’Mombwa scored his first A-League goal against Newcastle Jets and then went on to score the famous opening goal in the semi final match against the Mariners. TheRead more »

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