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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… Read 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… Read more »


Feast of food, live music and culture returns to Redfern Park

When it appeared on the Campbelltown social scene in 2018, Feast was an instant hit with locals and visitors. And no wonder – Feast had everything, from great food and sweets to live music and fun for the kids and indeed the whole family. The venue, Redfern Park in Minto, which has an amphitheatre design,… Read more »


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… Read more »


Construction contract green light for performing arts centre

Wollondilly Council has awarded the tender for construction of its new 375 seat performing arts centre, the next exciting phase of the Wollondilly cultural precinct. Belmadar Pty Ltd will be bringing the vision for the centre to life, building a state-of-the-art local venue for music, theatre, exhibitions and civic events, and giving a major injection… Read more »


Our university’s new chancellor grew up in housing commission

Jennifer Westacott, who has been named the next chancellor of Western Sydney University (WSU), had anything but a privileged upbringing. Ms Westacott, who grew up in housing commission estates, says it is that experience that has driven her throughout her life and made her strive to fulfil her potential and be a force for positive… Read more »


Fisher’s Ghost festival to return, but parade sinks into oblivion

The iconic Festival of Fisher’s Ghost will return in November with a host of new events and old favourites. However, there will be a noticeable absence: the parade of community floats. “While the street parade was previously a much-loved and popular part of the festival, in recent years, attendance and participation had dropped significantly so… Read more »


Three arrested and charged after raid of Hill Top property

Another three men have been charged after Raptor Squad officers seized numerous rifles, ammunition, cash and prohibited drugs during the search of a property in Hill Top village. Last November investigators from the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad commenced investigations into a criminal syndicate allegedly involved in firearm related offences and the supply of prohibited… Read more »


Australia’s best airport terminal taking shape at Badgerys Creek

Australia’s best airport terminal is rapidly taking shape at Badgerys Creek as work continues on what will be the gateway welcoming passengers from across the world to South Western and Western Sydney. Western Sydney Airport chief executive officer Simon Hickey said the terminal is now coming to life, with the airport’s future customers helping to… Read more »


New youth zone ready for outdoor fun in Buxton

Last year Wollondilly Council carried out community engagement for the Telopea Park Youth Zone project in a bid to revitalise Buxton’s open space. As part of that engagement, council encouraged students from Buxton Public School to provide feedback on what type of facilities they would like to see in the Youth Zone. Works on the… Read more »


Liverpool Council declares climate emergency

Cr Kaliyanda and, top, the Georges River near Liverpool railway station during the big wet in early July. Liverpool Council has now declared a climate emergency, with Labor councillor Charishma Kaliyanda leading the charge on pursuing practical climate action at a local government level.The declaration, brought to council by a motion from Cr Kaliyanda, was… Read more »


Tourism drive to help Wollondilly recover from bushfires, floods

Wollondilly Council has launched its largest tourism campaign ever – a 12 month, $600,000 marketing drive to boost the local economy. The money will come from the State and Federal Governments’ bushfire local recovery fund targeted towards local job creation and community recovery, Council will extend the successful Love the Dilly campaign to promote the… Read more »

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