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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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Have your say at forum on wellness centre for cancer patients

The Macarthur community is invited to have its say on the proposal of the new Macarthur Cancer Wellness Centre, designed to help support local cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones. The Community Information Forum, to be held on Tuesday, March 3, at Campbelltown Catholic Club, is an opportunity forRead more »


Council talks with Westfield to tackle CBD traffic jams

Labor councillor Anne Stanley wanted council to act quickly over a traffic problem involving Westfield, but a majority at Liverpool Council’s first 2015 meeting on Tusday evening voted to hold talks with the management of the shopping giant first. When put to the vote, a majority opted to discuss theRead more »

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Pat Farmer back on the political road

The former federal member for Macarthur, Pat Farmer, has hit the road that leads right back to politics if he wins. Farmer, who for many years was a legendary long distance runner before entering federal politics, is now the Liberal Party’s hope in the seat of Macquarie Fields for theRead more »


School says sorry after guilty plea to child abuse offences

St Peter’s Anglican Primary School in Campbelltown has issued an apology to parents two days after an unidentified person pleaded guilty to child abuse charges at the school in the 1980s. While the school did not name the person in an email sent to parents yesterday, it said: “Campbelltown AnglicanRead more »


Veterans get better deal on health services

Veterans living in Macarthur will have faster and more effective access to treatment for a range of disorders following the Abbott Government’s expansion of non-liability health care arrangements. Federal Member for Macarthur, Russell Matheson, says that under the new arrangements, veterans who are diagnosed by a general practitioner or psychologistRead more »


Army career door opens for Aboriginal students

A new partnership between the NSW Government and the Australian Army is aimed at providing support to more Aboriginal students to develop a career in the Army. Earlier this week, NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello and Member for Campbelltown Bryan Doyle joined with the Chief of the AustralianRead more »

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PM Abbott only interested in saving his job: MP

Werriwa MP Laurie Ferguson says Prime Minister Tony Abbott is not serious about supporting Australian families and is only interested in saving his own skin. “Tony Abbott yesterday refused to reverse his $5.5 billion in cuts to family payments. Instead he recommitted to his plan to rip up to $6,000Read more »


Forum aim is disability inclusion action plan

Campbelltown City Council’s first Open Access Forum for 2015 is open to people with disability, carers and interested members of the community. Aim of the forum is to help develop a new Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). The forum will be held on Tuesday, February 10, at the Greg PercivalRead more »


MP takes mental health pledge for beyondblue

The Federal Member for Macarthur, Russell Matheson,  welcomed beyondblue’s big blue bus and National Roadshow team to Macarthur on Sunday, and offered his support by making a mental health pledge. “With three million Australians currently experiencing depression and anxiety—half of which are not seeking help, it is vital that everyoneRead more »


Makeover for Marsden Park’s exercise equipment

Outdoor exercise equipment at the popular Marsden Park in Park Central has undergone a recent makeover, providing access to a complete fitness solution for local residents of all ages and abilities. The equipment was first installed in 2011, and the recent upgrade features a robust and contemporary design, with instructional signageRead more »


Kids go back to books over summer

A record 578 children across Campbelltown participated in this year’s Summer Reading Club over the summer school holidays. The record breaking participation numbers highlighted the program’s continued success in fostering good reading habits among children. A total of 12,270 titles were read during the seven week program. To celebrate the endRead more »