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Campaign under way to give Bradfield the flick from aerotropolis

In 2020, there was a state government sponsored campaign to find a name for the aerotropolis – the high-tech city next to the new airport being built at Badgerys Creek. The campaign asked the community to take part by sending in their name suggestions. In March 2021 it was revealed that the new city would be called Bradfield, in honour of the famous engineer behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the early railway system. “Bradfield was selected after the community was asked to have a say, with a panel settling on the final decision to honour John Bradfield’s enduring city-shaping… Read more »

Raising Warragamba Dam wall is no flood mitigation silver bullet

Raising the Warragamba Dam wall isn’t the silver bullet to reducing flooding, says Wollondilly Mayor Matt Gould. He has also questioned why water wasn’t released from the dam 10 days before the arrival of the rains that caused the most recent floods this week. Cr Gould is once again calling on the NSW Government to abandon its proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam Wall by up to 17 metres. He says that efforts should instead be going towards reducing residential development within the Hawkesbury-Nepean River catchment. “If we are serious about managing the risk along the Hawkesbury-Nepean the first thing… Read more »

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 »

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    In My View


    Festival parade brought the community together for decades

    However you look at it, the street parade was what made the Fisher’s Ghost Festival for more than 60 years. The parade brought so many things together, the biggest being that Campbelltown was a tight community. My family came here in 1981, a couple of years after I started covering council news as a young newspaper reporter. Looking back, itRead more »

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    Meet baby number one in Campbelltown Hospital’s new birthing unit

    Meet Aurora Sultana, the first baby born in Campbelltown Hospital’s new birthing unit. Aurora made her entrance just after 1pm a couple of days ago on Wednesday, July 20. First time parents Rachel and Chris Sultana are pictured here with their beautiful little baby and midwife Lisa Loveland and registered nurse and student midwife Carly Robinson. The new and expandedRead more »

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    Be prepared with lots of questions on WSU open day

    Today we bring you a Top 5 with a difference. Current Western Sydney University student Nicola Lopino (pictured) has provided us with the Top 5 things to ask at the WSU open day on Sunday, August 14. Figuring out the right course can sometimes be a daunting experience, so being prepared with questions to ask on the day can helpRead more »

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    Commemoration recalls ill fated mission of a brave American

    On June 8, 1942, Lieutenant George Cantello, a member of the US Army Air Force, responded to news of a Japanese submarine attack on Sydney Harbour by getting on a fighter plane. But shortly after taking off from Bankstown Aerodrome, Lieutenant Cantello’s plane crashed in nearby Hammondville, making him the only American serviceman to lose his life on Australian soilRead more »



    Guru about to get on his bike for epic trip around Australia

    The man behind Guru Driving School, Mandar Tamhankar, will hit the road himself on August 21 for an epic trip around Australia. And as he tells the South West Voice in Macarthur this morning at his Glenfield office, for this journey he is combining his life long connection to road transport with a desire to do something different to celebrateRead more »


    Community groups, councils vying for piece of $1.6b cake

    Hundreds of local organisations in West and South Western Sydney are now competing for a share of $1.6 billion under the WestInvest community project grants competitive round. Organisations from Wollondilly to the Hawkesbury stepped up in numbers with ideas for city-shaping infrastructure projects. Almost 680 projects worth $7.8 billion were submitted for assessment. WestInvest funding was available to Aboriginal groups,Read more »



    Hitachi to set up in aerotropolis centre in boost to local jobs

    Japanese tech giant Hitachi has become the first private firm to get on board and establish a research unit at the aerotropolis of Western Sydney Airport (WSA). The NSW Government, which has welcomed the Hitachi decision, says the company’s collaborative research model will attract advanced other technology jobs. Hitachi has agreed to finalise a private sector tenancy agreement for theRead more »



    Way Out West festival back with bubbles of fun for everyone

    After an enforced two year hiatus, the popular Way Out West – WOW – festival returns to Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre this September. An expanded seven day program overflowing with crazy and creative family fun means the festival is set to return with a bang in time for the next school holidays during September 24-30. A big range of arts,Read 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 »



    Providers to identify, trace and block SMS scams under new rules

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has registered new rules that will protect Australians against SMS scams. The Australian Government has welcomed the rules, which will require all telecommunications providers to identify, trace and block SMS scams. They also require providers to publish information to assist their customers to proactively manage and report SMS scams, to share information aboutRead 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 »



    State govt: whatever it takes to help people buy their first home

    Almost 115,000 dwellings and land lots have been approved across NSW in the past year, expanding opportunities for first home buyers to buy their first home. And Macarthur’s two big council areas, Camden (9,410) and Campbelltown (8,022), were in the top three LGAs where rezonings were approved in the past 12 months.  The state government is taking much of theRead more »


    Easier than ever to check real estate licences of your staff

    It is now easier than ever for real estate agencies to stay on top of their staff’s licences. Minister for fair trading Eleni Petinos said real estate and property service companies could now use their Service NSW Business Profile to check and manage licences to easily stay on top of compliance obligations. “The real estate and property sector is worthRead more »



    NSW seeks to get ahead of the curve on driverless vehicles

    A $5 million on-road connected and automated vehicle (CAV) bus trial will help kick-start plans to introduce autonomous vehicles on NSW roads. With driverless vehicles expected to commercially hit our streets in less than a decade, the State Government’s new NSW CAV readiness strategy sets out the State’s pathway to ensure the road network is CAV-friendly in the future. MinisterRead 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 »



    Eagles perched top of the ladder after demolition job on Collegians

    East Campbelltown Eagles have shot to the top of the Macarthur Conference premiership ladder after another superlative performance yesterday. The Eagles comfortably disposed of Campbelltown Collegians at Bradbury 58-4 to pocket the two premiership points. A massive points for and against differential has them top of the ladder even though they have the same number of points as Camden RamsRead more »

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