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Year to remember for Camden fire fighter who got out of Europe in the nick of time

Camden bush fire fighter David Tricca was in Spain when the coronavirus started spreading its nasty tentacles across Europe. But worse than that, Tricca, a member of the Mt Hunter bush fire brigade, was in the midst of an 800km trek from France and across northern Spain to raise money for his mates back home who had been battling some of the worst fires in decades. The trek started on February 16, when the virus was still seen as a bit of a problem in China. Tricca, 25, who was spending a year in Europe with his fiancé, Alex, says… Read more »

Councillor explains why he no longer identifies as male or female

The minutes of last week’s Campbelltown City Council meeting include the following extraordinary words: “Councillor Ben Moroney revealed to the chamber that they are non-binary, not identifying as male or female. Councillor Moroney thanked everyone for being extremely supportive and respectful.’’ If anyone present was shocked last Tuesday night by this statement they did not show it. Cr Moroney, who is married to a woman and they have an 18 month old son, is believed to be only one of two serving councillors identifying as non binary. On Thursday, two days after his announcement, the South West Voice sat down… Read more »

Star studded season launch for football’s M-League

Last night’s star studded season launch was a reflection of how football’s M-League for men and women is such a special sporting competition in the Macarthur region. Held at the premises of new naming rights sponsor Ottimo House in Denham Court, the launch attracted a former Socceroo, one local mayor, a deputy mayor, two state MPs and the chairman of A-League new boys Macarthur FC Bulls, among others. The former Socceroo was Mile Sterjovski, a member of the national team’s o called “golden generation’’, who is now assistant coach to Ante Milicic at the Bulls. Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli was… Read more »

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    Now more than ever we need to look after each other

    Greg Warren, the State Member for Campbelltown has penned this open letter to residents in his electorate: Dear residents of Campbelltown: we are in the thrust of what will be the most turbulent time the majority of us have faced in our lifetime. The threat of Covid-19 has understandably caused grave concern among the community of Campbelltown. It has resultedRead more »

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    The first ever sport free Monday but it feels rotten

    Being a journalist, I have dreaded Monday mornings all my working life. You’d wake on a Monday, sometimes with a fierce hangover, and still your first thought was, how are we going to get through all that weekend sport. It was the same again six years ago after leaving the newspaper industry and starting up an online news service hereRead more »



    Wests Group Macarthur pledge to be stronger after Covid-19

    Last Thursday, Wests Group Macarthur gave more than 100 bottles of milk to Big Yellow Umbrella, Camden Connections. The milk will go to local people affected by domestic violence, financial hardship, and homelessness. A few days earlier, the group’s four clubs, Wests Leagues Club, Wests Tennis Club, Country Club Gledswood Hills and Lakeside Golf Club Camden (with the exception ofRead more »


    Council measures to ease pressure on residents, business

    Campbelltown residents will be able to access financial hardship support from council which will allow them 12 months to pay any outstanding accounts, including rates, interest free as part of community support measures announced earlier today. Council says that will form part of its first round of business and community support measures for locals impacted by the Covid-19 situation. RentRead 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 »


    Simply WordPress Sydney: new name reflects evolution of local tech company

    After operating as Chevron Technologies since it was established in 2007, this local digital company has changed its name to better reflect its evolution over the past few years. The man behind the business, Matthew Gabriel, of Macquarie Fields, has announced that he has changed the name to Simply WordPress Sydney. He says the new name better reflects the kindRead more »



    Youth haven in Oran Park has it all

    Julia Reserve, a youth heaven in the heart of Oran Park, has opened for “business’’. The park, designed and built by Greenfields Development Company and Landcom, includes the area’s second skate park, a parkour facility, multi-use courts, kick-about areas, ping-pong tables and much more. Local professional scooter rider Warick Beynon said he was astounded by the skate park. “Trinity SkateparksRead more »


    Let’s get physical, boys and girls

    Juggling life’s challenges can be overwhelming for teenagers, says Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli. “Exercise and eating well can play a big part in getting our teenagers back on track.’’ But Camden Council isn’t just talking about this issue facing local teenagers. It is getting behind Uplift, a brand new active wellness program designed to help young residents dealRead 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 »


    Making the internet better place starts with kids

    Next Tuesday, February 11, more than 150 countries across the world will help spread the word to mark Safer Internet Day. The day aims to raise awareness around the importance of working together to create a better internet. Here in Australia the Office of the eSafety Commissioner leads the way, encouraging parents and caregivers to “start the conversation” about onlineRead more »



    Why first home buyers have returned to the market

    Property developer Sekisui House says there’s a resurgence in sales from first home buyers at its master planned community, The Hermitage at Gledswood Hills. According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (Lending Indicators Report: released February 2020) first home buyer purchasing levels are back to their highest since 2012. Stamp duty exemptions and concessions for firstRead more »


    More town home designs as Ed.Square gains momentum

    A new release of the most popular town home designs is set to continue the momentum for Ed.Square.    The first housing release of the new decade at Ed.Square will be launching on February 26 and will include 54 town homes ranging from one to four bedrooms in the precinct known as the Chelsea Pocket.  The release features Ed.Square’s most popularRead 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 »


    Electric cars would be a winner for all, says council

    A 203 per cent jump in Australian electric vehicles sales for 2019 is welcome, but underscores just how transformational EVs could be with just a little more support from government, says the Electric Vehicle Council. Newly released figures show 6,718 EVs were sold in Australia last year, up from 2,216 in 2018, says the council, the national body for electricRead more »



    Eagles open 2020 account with try blitz

    First grade debutants Ali Lata and Omar Awad both scored tries for the Eagles on the weekend. Top: first grade celebrate their big win at Penrith. East Campbelltown Eagles have started their 2020 Sydney Shield season with a 59-6 romp over Penrith Brothers. The Eagles took just seven minutes to post first points at Hickeys Park, Penrith, with new five-eighthRead more »

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