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How Dilly Drought Drive has saved livelihoods – and lives

Sharon Robertson becomes emotional and can’t speak for a few moments after telling me what Dilly Drought Drive’s real achievement was over the past two and a half years. “The wives of farmers say to us: you’ve saved our husbands’ life,’’ says the woman who established the campaign to help local farmers doing it tough when the drought was at its worst. We are speaking on the phone about the Dilly Drive and how it has been a lifeline for those hit by the lack of rain for years. “People just don’t realise how tough it was for the farmers,’’… Read more »

Slammed: road upgrade that will hurt business

Three big hitters of the South West Sydney region are going into bat for a group of shop owners who believe a planned road upgrade could send them broke. Support for their stance has come from federal MP Anne Stanley, Liverpool MP Paul Lynch and Cr Nathan Hagarty. So far Transport NSW has turned a deaf ear to the submissions from the businesses and their supporters regarding the planned major upgrade of Hoxton Park Road. If nothing changes the works will go ahead, reducing access to the shopping centre at Hoxton Park, which could be a disaster according to Ms… Read more »

Pensioner slams M7 and M2 ‘holiday tax’ on caravans

The last time Kearns pensioner Gary Hudson hitched his caravan to the car and hit the road he was expecting to pay $23.90 in tolls along the M7 and the M2. Imagine his shock when he returned from his holiday on the Central Coast to discover an invoice for $72.94. That’s an increase of around 300 percent, and Mr Hudson, pictured, didn’t like it one bit. “I wasn’t happy about paying so much more but also because nobody had said anything about such an increase. “It just came out of the blue,’’ he told the South West Voice this week…. Read more »

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    Memo Gladys: Parramatta is not Western Sydney

    Hardly a week goes by without an announcement that some new infrastructure project is going to Parramatta. Light rail, relocation of historic museums from the city, aquatic centres, government departments, you name it, that part of the metropolitan area has its name on it. And you know what, good luck to Parramatta. There should be more money spent on thingsRead more »

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    Sticky situation at return and earn

    Recycling levels in the South West Sydney region have soared since the introduction of “return and earn’’ a few years ago. After a slow start, these kiosk like contraptions usually located adjacent to shopping centres have multiplied like mushrooms. You turn up with your empty beer and soft drink glass and plastic bottles, and just put them on the conveyorRead more »

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    A lot of Camden history in names of new parks

    A popular former mayor, aristocrats from England and successful migrants were among those honoured when Camden Council chose names for nine new parks in Oran Park. It means that now there is a Brooking Park, named after Frank Brooking, who was mayor of Camden from 1993 to 1997. Brooking, who passed away in 2013, was a respected civic leader andRead more »



    Freelander goes into bat for ‘iconic’ arts centre

    Campbelltown Arts Centre recently missed out on Australian Council of the arts grants. In a double whammy it has been hit by lockdown orders during the past few months and there has been no support for the arts sector in general. Dr Mike Freelander has gone into bat for the arts centre, saying it’s a “local icon’’ that deserves financialRead more »


    Female prison officer charged over relationship with inmate

    A Corrective Services NSW officer has been charged over an alleged inappropriate relationship with an inmate at a correctional facility in Sydney. The Ingleburn woman’s employment has also been suspended. Last week, detectives from the Corrective Services Investigation Unit commenced an investigation following a referral from the correctional facility, over an alleged inappropriate relationship between a female correctional officer andRead more »



    How overcoming adversity made Stacey Copas resilient

    Stacey Copas has created a framework of resilience based on her own experience of overcoming the adversity of becoming a quadriplegic at the age of 12. She is the author of How to be Resilient, and an international keynote speaker and facilitator on finding the opportunity in change and adversity. Ms Copas, pictured above, has also worked with large organisationsRead 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 »



    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 »


    How to tackle the lockdown rubbish spike

    You will not be surprised to learn that while we’ve been stuck at home during the lockdown we have been producing a lot more rubbish than before the pandemic arrived. Camden Council says that over the past two months weekly household waste has increased by 15 percent. Now we are being urged to look at ways to reduce food wasteRead 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 »


    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 »



    It’s all downhill from here on housing starts

    The Housing Industry Association (HIA) says it has revised its forecasts and now expects housing starts in NSW to be down by 27.5 per cent this financial year and to decline by a further 34.1 per cent in 2020/21. The forecasts are included in the HIA Quarterly Economic and Industry Outlook reports published last week. The state and national outlookRead more »


    Agents go with the flow as restrictions are eased

    The Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW) has welcomed the State Government’s decision to remove some of the restrictions imposed on agents when showing and auctioning properties. The property services industry is being afforded the opportunity to expand the suite of services it currently offers the community under the Covid-19 social distancing regulations. The industry has earned this opportunity byRead 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 »


    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 »



    Academy making the right moves in search of silver lining

    The absence of structure and organised events within the sporting world has been a significant challenge for participants and administrators across the board. Covid-19 has led our whole society into new territory but, as is, often the case; opportunity is borne in adversity. South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) is one sports organisation that has worked hard to findRead more »

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