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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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Badgerys Creek: give small property owners a fair go

All the talk recently about developing land around the Western Sydney Airport and the aerotropolis at Badgerys Creek has been about owners of large property parcels. The focus of the spotlight has mostly been on governments buying land within the so called Leppington Triangle. But owners of small plots ofRead more »


Save our Farm: Hurlstone students petition education minister

Hurlstone Agricultural High School has a long and proud agricultural tradition.   Its farm is home to an Ayrshire dairy herd that is the oldest in Australia. The school’s other agricultural enterprises such as pigs and sheep have also been highly successful, winning numerous ribbons in events such as the SydneyRead more »


Free legal help for those doing it tough in 2020

Local victim-survivors of domestic and family violence and those who have been impacted by Covid-19 will benefit from a funding boost to the state’s community legal assistance sector. The NSW Government’s allocation of $5.43 million in Commonwealth funding for community legal centres will support those across the Macarthur region experiencingRead more »


Headspace says 2020 annus horribilis for young people

The local headspace team. With new research showing higher levels of distress in 2020, headspace Campbelltown is encouraging young people in the local community to take small steps for their mental health. The research shows three in ten young people (31 percent) in NSW report high or very high levelsRead more »


Book Bus: innovation award for Camden Meals on Wheels

The Book Bus has been a Camden Meals on Wheels initiative to help its clients continue to enjoy the benefits of staying connected during the Covid-19 pandemic. “We were aware during lockdown that facilities such as libraries, bookstores and second hand stores were all shut down – at a timeRead more »


Covid-19 health alerts for three Macarthur region venues

NSW Health has today issued Covid-19 alerts for three Macarthur region locations and is calling on anyone who was there at the relevant times to get tested as soon as possible. The three included United Cinema, Narellan Town Centre on Saturday, October 10. Anyone who attended theatre 8 to watchRead more »


Cecil Hills residents off the hook: M12 ramp realigned

Cecil Hills residents were in the firing line if the original design plans for the M12 motorway were given the green light. However a public backlash, along with support from a local MP and a councillor, have saved the day. Transport for NSW have revised plans for the new motorwayRead more »


On track for great coffee – and TAFE barista training

The track Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Darryl Wright is standing on is a few metres from his office in Airds. But what’s a dual railway track doing in the middle of Airds, which is nowhere near the Sydney train network. The answer will become obvious when two railway carriagesRead more »


Local health district up for three awards in 2020

South Western Sydney Local Health District is in the running to win three categories of the 2020 NSW health awards. District chief executive Amanda Larkin said the SWSLHD finalists were for the Secretary’s Award – Integrated Value-Based Care, Health Research and Innovation and People and Culture. Ms Larkin said itRead more »


M9 Orbital property owners in limbo for years

Wollondilly resident Ray Smith was disappointed but not surprised NSW transport minister Andrew Constance has once again confirmed property owners affected by plans for the M9 Outer Sydney Orbital will be in limbo for many years. Mr Smith, whose eight acre rural property is located half way between Douglas ParkRead more »


Inspection blitz on building sites starts today

The inspection spotlight will be on building sites and developments across Campbelltown when the Get the Site Right campaign hits the road today. Council rangers and compliance officers will inspect work sites all this week as part of a strategy to protect waterways and the environment. Campbelltown is one ofRead more »

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