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Liver transplant gives tiny Tilly second chance at life

Among the Australians who are alive today because of organ and tissue donation is Matilda, a wonderful six year old girl from Campbelltown. Tilly, as family and friends call her, received a life saving liver transplant last year. Her story is being told to promote DonateLife Week (July 26 – August 2), the annual national awareness campaign for organ and tissue donation. Matilda was born with biliary atresia, a rare childhood liver disease that scars and blocks the bile ducts, causing bile to build up and damage the organ. Her condition was diagnosed early and just one month after she… Read more »

How Judy Hannan took on the boys club and almost won

Judy Hannan came to prominence in the lead up to the 2019 NSW election. Media reports suggested the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, wanted the long serving Wollondilly Shire mayor preselected for the Liberal Party. But the truth is Cr Hannan was never going to overcome her major handicap – being a woman in a region where politics is the exclusive domain of a boys club. After being snubbed by the Liberal Party, who parachuted in their candidate from outside Wollondilly, Cr Hannan decided to have a go as an independent candidate. And despite all the odds against her, she very nearly… Read more »

Cobbitty family’s harrowing journey ends in joy

Resilience is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days, but as DEBORAH O’FERRY reports, a Macarthur couple found out the hard way how important it is in life, especially right now. In August 2019, Tara and Ryan Ladd of Cobbitty, pictured above, took their three-week-old baby Ari to the GP for a suspected cold. But their doctor noticed that Ari’s belly looked a little yellow and ran a precautionary blood test. Within days Ari was in theatre at Westmead Children’s Hospital. They confirmed he had a rare condition called Biliary Atresia, which scars and blocks the bile ducts,… Read more »

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    Let’s be done with Covid-19 hot air on social media

    Once a vaccine comes along there’s a good chance most people will snap back to the way they’ve always done things pre-Covid-19. It would have been better if this pandemic had never come along, but the fact is it has and it’s here to stay until the humans come up with an effective vaccine. And while there have been sporadicRead more »

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    So sad comedy has gone to the dogs

    It’s very sad what’s happened to humour during the pandemic. Two things actually happened to the funny side of life. One, humour is in short supply right now. And two, any current attempts at humour are not very funny. So where has humour gone, because our funny bone hasn’t gone anywhere, I’m sure. Well some experts believe humour began toRead more »

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    Read all about it at Mr Gilbert street library

    Look what’s just popped up in a Catherine Field street. It looks like an old red phone booth, only bigger, and it’s full of books. Yes, believe it or not it’s a community library – and of course it has a Covid-19 context. Built by the Sykes family as an isolation gift to the local community in Catherine Field, theRead more »



    Labor’s plan to deal with aged care challenge

    More must be done to prepare and support aged care facilities across the nation to be ready for current and future outbreaks of Covid-19.   Federal Member for Macarthur, Dr Mike Freelander, and the Labor Party have again written to the Morrison Government calling for more action to address these concerns and failures within the system. Labor is calling on theRead more »


    Labor puts more heat on State Govt over M5 toll

    Campbelltown MP Greg Warren, who is also the opposition spokesman on Western Sydney, has backed calls to give local motorists a break with the introduction of a toll free grace period on the M5 East Motorway. The state government recently introduced the new toll on the old M5 East Motorway in an effort to reduce the toll for motorists onRead more »



    Online marketplace to boost local economy

    Local businesses can now list services and products with Camden Council for direct support during and after the current economic climate created by Covid-19.  Council has launched VendorPanel Marketplace which encourages suppliers to register their details so they can be sought for quotes on goods and services required by Camden Council.  Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli, said the initiativeRead more »


    Thumbs up for business scholarship program

    Small business people who have participated in the Campbelltown Business Scholarship program have nothing but high praise for it. One previous scholarship recipient, Yogesh Chavan of Good Source, said the course was a fantastic opportunity. “I feel empowered in so many aspects of businesses which I never thought about before,’’ he said. “I personally feel that I am a betterRead more »



    Threatened species art competition goes digital

    Local children can show their passion for conserving and protecting rare and endangered species by taking part in the 2020 threatened species art and writing competition.  The annual competition, run in partnership between Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly Councils, aims to encourage young people within the Macarthur area to learn about a threatened plant or animal and represent it in anRead more »


    Exercise: humans built for movement, so why just sit there

    Stepping outside for some fresh air and exercise is bringing physical and mental health benefits to south western Sydney residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.  South Western Sydney Local Health District exercise physiologist Daisy Ho says Exercise Right Week during May 25 to 31 highlighted the importance of movement in our daily lives, particularly while staying at home.  “In the currentRead more »



    Apple’s 2020 annual conference goes online

    Apple’s annual conference was surrounded by many rumours about what was pending to be released from hardware updates for iMac and Macbook Pro, software updates to iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS and tvOS and new services such as car key and air tags. The conference was delivered online only, the first time ever as thousands of avid developers and tech lovers wereRead more »


    Unlock digital potential at free TAFE courses

    A total of 13 new fee-free TAFE NSW short courses are available online to assist anyone across the State who wants to upskill during the Covid-19 pandemic, following an overwhelming response to the initial suite of courses announced earlier this month. The NSW Government will use these new courses to replace those which have reached enrolment capacity to ensure thereRead more »



    Stamp duty cut great news for first home buyers

    The NSW Government’s decision on stamp duty concessions for first home buyers is a timely and significant decision, according to the Housing Industry Association.  “This is a very welcome move as HIA has been seeking changes to the stamp duty arrangements to better reflect the price of new homes in NSW and in particular in Sydney,’’ says David Bare, HIARead more »


    Outdoor lifestyle gets tick of approval

    Recently endorsed as a case study by the Heart Foundation in their Healthy active by design program, The Hermitage master planned community at Gledswood Hills has witnessed a significant uplift in interest from purchasers seeking an outdoors lifestyle. Campbelltown exercise physiologists, Danielle and James Wallace, owners of Active Solutions Health (NSW), say they chose to live at The Hermitage becauseRead more »



    Pushing the boundaries of innovation

    Mazda says that in today’s environment it’s more important than ever to lead the way in terms of sustainability. It’s all about pushing the boundaries on innovation. The Australian arm of Mazada have recently announced a major new innovation that is set to arrive on our shores – Skyactiv-X M Hybrid. “This revolutionary technology defines a new generation of motoringRead more »


    Toyota’s Kluger hybrid set to be a hit

    Toyota has confirmed the next generation Kluger SUV will offer both hybrid and petrol engine options when it arrives in Australia in the first half of next year. The new seven seat Kluger embraces a similar dual powertrain strategy to that adopted by the Yaris Cross SUV due later this year and the latest-generation C-HR and RAV4. Toyota is theRead more »



    Heat is on as top four starts to take shape

    A clear top four is starting to emerge in both the men’s and women’s competitions of the 2020 Ottimo House M-League. Oran Park, Gunners, Tigers and Narellan have broken away from the rest of the pack after six rounds of the men’s competition. In the women’s competition it’s a similar story, with Camden Tigers, Ingleburn, Narellan and Oran Park leadingRead more »

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