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UWS to help find stress solutions for cops

A landmark research project will help NSW Police Force develop fresh solutions to help officers become more resilient and assist those suffering from stress-related illness. The three-year project will see academics from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and University of Western Sydney (UWS) survey serving police officers and conduct further study to develop, for the first time, information-based scientific analysis of the NSW Police Force. NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, Police and Emergency Services Minister, Stuart Ayres, Special Projects Assistant Commissioner Peter Gallagher and Human Resources Commander, Assistant Commissioner Carlene York, were joined by Dr Michael Kennedy from UWS and… Read more »

Liverpool youth services win boost

Youth services in Liverpool have been greatly improved following the opening of Uniting Care Burnside’s Youth Hope Program.   Youth Hope is a service for vulnerable young people aged 9-15 who are at risk of significant harm as a result of neglect, homelessness, domestic violence or drug and alcohol use. The service is being trialled over four years in six locations where there have been a high number of child protection reports for children in this age bracket.   As the Deputy Chair – Committee on Children and Young People, I felt privileged to be invited to speak at such… Read more »

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Macarthur area’s special role in Battle of Beersheba: Matheson

Macarthur MP Russell Matheson spoke in parliament today, July 17, to raise awareness of the Australian Light Horse regiments who fought in the Battle of Beersheba and Macarthur’s special role as a training ground for these men and their horses. In his speech Mr Matheson spoke about the remarkable and decisive victory changed the history of the Middle East and helped create The Australian Light Horse Legend. “Whilst Gallipoli is one of the ANZACS best known battles in military history, the Battle of Beersheba is described as one of Australia’s greatest military triumphs,” Mr Matheson said. “This battle and the men… Read more »

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Thanks for the nice new hospital, but where’s the staff for it?

Campbelltown may have a brand new hospital but our local MP has told parliament one thing that hasn’t changed are the chronic staff shortages. Greg Warren, who is on the frontbench of the Labor opposition, called on the NSW Government to address the staffing shortage at Campbelltown Hospital once andRead more »


Olympic swimming pool crowning glory of $55m leisure centre

Construction of the $55 million Oran Park Leisure Centre is one step closer after Camden Council accepted a tender for the works at this week’s ordinary meeting. Oran Park Leisure Centre will be built on a site at Central Avenue. Council says it will be a significant addition to theRead more »


WSU program gives local HSC students peace of mind

Western Sydney University is once again giving peace of mind to HSC students thanks to its innovative early offer program, HSC True Reward. Applications are open for the university’s highly-successful program, which provides an early offer to Year 12 students and gives them the option of using either their HSC resultsRead more »


Camden Council chops sport ground fees in half

Camden Council has reduced sport ground fees by half. The decision was made at last night’s ordinary meeting. Regular hirers of local sportsgrounds for winter will see their fees halved after floods and wet weather impacted large parts of their season this year. Mayor of Camden, Cr Therese Fedeli saidRead more »


Stellino wins fight against use of 1080 and strychnine

After lodging a notice of motion calling on Campbelltown Council to ban the 1080 poison, Animal Justice councillor Matt Stellino became aware that in fact council does not use it. At last night’s meeting he amended his motion so that the ban on 1080 and strychnine, another poison that resultsRead more »


Advance Australia Fair: 650 residents to get citizenship in August

In what could be some sort of a record, more than 650 Campbelltown residents will be presented with their Australian citizenship during seven ceremonies held throughout August. Sixty seven countries of origin are represented among the residents receiving their citizenship. Mayor George Greiss presented the first of the ceremonies atRead 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 wereRead more »


Fight against rubbish dumpers needs state funding: council

Campbelltown Council wants to ramp up its fight against rubbish dumping, but says it needs financial help from the State Government. A report to council for tomorrow night’s meeting says an illegal dumping program financed by the state for four years government was making headway. However, funding for this programRead more »

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