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Richard de Groot: master craftsman in our neck of the woods

Just a few minutes in his Bargo workshop is all you need to know for certain that Richard de Groot is a master craftsman. An artist who makes beautiful but practical things from wood. To be fair, it does come as a bit of a surprise to learn that while he has carpentry in the blood it is only in the past three or four years that he has finally made it his main preoccupation. But even now, aged in his 60s, Mr de Groot, the master carpenter who migrated to Australia from the Netherlands in 1982, also moonlights as… Read more »

Young driver from Glen Alpine stands out in his first racing season

Thomas Duncan is halfway through his first ever racing series, but he’s done well enough so far to indicate he may go far in motor sport. The 20 year old from Glen Alpine even has his own cheer squad – four mates who have attended every race of this year’s Mazda RX8 Cup series. “Heaps of my mates turn up to whatever state I’m racing in,’’ he says. “Four mates, from the time I started go karting to now, have turned up to every race.’’ He’s not really sure of the exact moment he decided to become a racing driver,… Read more »

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 »

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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 »

    Picture This


    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 »



    Chlamydia vaccination trial for local koalas

    A chlamydia vaccination trial for Macarthur region koalas has been included in a $1.7 million investment. The vaccine could increase koalas’ resistance to the potentially fatal disease. Minister for environment James Griffin said the focus of the vaccine trial is to help protect the species in the outer South Western Sydney region, home to one of the few growing koalaRead more »


    M12 motorway link to new airport will be toll free

    Construction of the new $2 billion, toll-free M12 Motorway is under way. Work has started on the central and west sections to provide connectivity to the new Western Sydney International Airport. The central section between Cecil Park and Badgerys Creek is being delivered by Seymour Whyte. The western section to The Northern Road, which includes the airport interchange and ElizabethRead 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 »



    Macarthur housing estate picks up gong at UDIA awards

    Catherine Park Estate has taken out the excellence in residential subdivision category at the at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) awards. Catherine Park Estate was part of an impressive list of finalists for the prestigious awards and was also a finalist in the master planned communities category.  Terry Goldacre, managing director of Harrington Estates, the developer of CatherineRead 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 »



    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 »



    East Campbelltown flying high after winning minor premiership

    A superior for and against differential – 70 points – separated first and second at the completion of the home and away part of the inaugural Macarthur Conference rugby league premiership. East Campbelltown Eagles had the better differential and finished with the minor premiership. Camden Rams had to be content with second place, while Campbelltown City Kangaroos finished third onRead more »

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