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Promises, promises: Picton will always flood, says Cr Hannan

Flooding from last weekend’s heavy rain once again caused substantial damage to shops and homes in the Picton town centre area. Damage from the rains was not confined to Picton, with roads and other infrastructure hit across the Wollondilly Shire. Wollondilly Council swung into action on all fronts, leading the clean up and repair operation, which is still ongoing. But questions are being asked about Picton town itself and how much flood mitigation work was carried out since the devastating floods of 2016. Four years ago the town’s shopping precinct was almost wiped out in the biggest flood in more… Read more »

Macarthur FC chief’s promise to fans: we’re building something special here

Macarthur FC chief Rabieh Krayem wants fans to know that when the season starts in October they will be part of something very special. Indeed, the club chairman and CEO believes the Bulls will be much, much more than a football club. In a wide ranging interview with the South West Voice in Macarthur, Mr Krayem reassured fans the club had signed several players and was on track to have a full squad by the time preseason training starts on July 1. The experienced sport administrator, pictured above, revealed that the game day experience at Campbelltown Sports Stadium would be… Read more »

Warren puts councils on notice: be transparent, accountable

Almost a year after he was appointed shadow minister for local government, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren has put councils on notice that things would change under his watch. The next state election is still three years away, but with ratepayers heading to the polls in September, Mr Warren says this could be a time of reckoning for some councillors. “The elections in September will be an important part of democracy, when councillors will have to front the people and explain what they’ve done, and why they’ve done it,’’ he tells the South West Voice during an interview to discuss his… Read more »

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    No, we’re not Western Sydney, so give us our share

    Rabieh Krayem, the Macarthur FC chairman and CEO hits the nail on the head when he says: people here want their own team, playing in their own backyard. And really it does boil down to this: how can a region be taken seriously if football fans, of any code, have to travel to Parramatta to see “their’’ team. Truth beRead more »

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    Pressure’s on to impress your Valentine

    OK, girls and boys, Valentine’s Day is just four days away and the pressure’s on. Whether it’s for the first or 50th time, the conundrum remains the same: what will I buy for that special person in my life, the love of my life. So, start thinking, because there’s not much time between now and Friday, February 14, Valentine’s Day.Read more »

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    Everyone’s a winner at local charity golf days

    For many people, the first time they collide with a game of golf is at a charity fundraiser. And you know what? It’s not a bad way to get acquainted with the ancient game some wits describe as “a good walk wasted’’. Charity golf days just tick a couple more boxes compared to just you and three mates playing 18Read more »



    Accessible facilities: world becoming better place for people with disabilities

    Curry Reserve has become home to the Macarthur region’s area’s first fully accessible and accredited public toilet and adult change facility. The new change facility, which received its Changing Places Australia accreditation on January 29, is wheelchair accessible and includes a tracking adult hoist system, full sized adjustable change table, new toilet and shower and change room amenities. Its accreditationRead more »


    Aerial circus display to bring Ingleburn Alive in 2020

    A spectacular aerial and acrobatic circus display will round off Ingleburn’s biggest annual street party next month. Following last year’s big turnout, the 2020 Ingleburn Alive festival – on Saturday, March 7 – is expected to be even more popular. Carnival rides, a huge variety of stage entertainment, live music, market stalls and a kid’s activity zone will fill theRead 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 »


    Let’s hear it for Ashleigh

    In March last year the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that around 466 million people have disabling hearing loss. WHO said 34 million of these were children, and 60 percent of childhood hearing loss was due to preventable causes.  Ashleigh Toynton, a TAFE Digital graduate and Campbelltown resident, saw a need in her local community to cater for those agedRead 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 »


    Give your kids healthy start to school year

    Start the school year off on a healthy note with a well-balanced lunch box, including a variety of nutritious foods to give youngsters the energy they need to learn and play. South Western Sydney Local Health District health promotion officer Katie Trinh said lunch boxes should contain water and a variety of foods from the core food groups. “Children needRead 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 »


    Disney debut adds even more choice to streaming options

    A week ago, on November 19, Disney+ made a smashing debut onto the stage of the streaming services battleground here in Australia. This new service is adding to the list of competitors in this landscape and Disney has the background to support itself with the banners of Walt Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar which will appear exclusively on itsRead more »


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    Bulldozers move in as construction starts on $8.5m sports and recreational precinct

    Dahua Group Australia has started construction on its $8.5 million Maxwell Creek Oval project in the company’s New Breeze masterplanned community, located in Bardia. Local family owned civil construction business TRN Group will undertake civil work for the project, which spans approximately 12,000 square metres. Maxwell Creek Oval includes a large playing oval for cricket and two full sized fieldsRead more »


    Oldies who own their home give downsizing cold shoulder

    Unless their health declines, older Australians who own their homes don’t give downsizing even a second’s thought. New research by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) confirms what we already knew: around 65 per cent of home owners aged 65–74 in 2001 were still living in their original residence in 2016. The AHURI research found that: • HomeRead 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 »


    Lexus bucks trend to post record sales in 2019

    Lexus has entered its 30th anniversary year in Australia after setting an annual sales record in 2019. The luxury lifestyle brand achieved 9,612 annual sales, 585 more than the previous record set in 2016 and 9 per cent higher compared with 2018. Landmark annual sales were the culmination of several records set in 2019, including a record 721 sales in DecemberRead more »



    Socceroos fitness guru joins Macarthur FC as high performance boss

    Macarthur FC have secured the signature of one of Australian football’s most experienced coaches. Anthony Crea, who joins the club as head of high performance, is not only a legendary Socceroo fitness guru, but a local to boot. The opportunity at Macarthur allows the 45-year-old to park his globetrotting past and work closer to home. Born and bred in Liverpool,Read more »


    Benji to share Wests Tigers captaincy duties with Mbye

    Wests Tigers legend Benji Marshall has been appointed club captain for this season. He will however share the captaincy duties with Moses Mbye. Wests Tigers head coach Michael Maguire says both players have the attributes required to lead the club on and off the field. “I’m very pleased to have Moses and Benji as captains of this team,” Maguire said.Read more »

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