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Macarthur, you rock: amazing response to 24 Hour Fight

The pandemic has affected everyone, but it has hit charities a little harder. Lockdowns, restrictions and social distancing have made it almost impossible to carry on as though nothing had changed. The 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer was no exception. While its fundraising happens over many months and several differentRead more »


Fourth quarter time and Mr AFL is up for the fight

The Aussie Rules anthem, Up There Cazaly, could have easily been written for Campbelltown’s own Mr AFL, John McLaughlin. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to come into contact with this great man over the past six decades will easily recognise him in the words of the song written byRead more »


Local homeless people get roof over their heads

This is Ruby – who is smiling because she finally has a roof over her head – a home she can call her own. Ruby, 44, and her brother Tolofie, 48, have been homeless for a long time, couch surfing and sleeping rough. But not anymore. That’s because Ruby andRead more »


Atlantic Oil: the secret to our success

“I am very happy with where we’re at – considering the troubles of the world around us I think we’re doing remarkably well.’’ Sounds like someone talking about how they’re surviving the Covid-19 pandemic, right? Wrong. It was actually said on March 3 this year when corona was a newRead more »


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 –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 aRead 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 toRead more »

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