Get your entries in: calling all green thumbs

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Garden competition deadline looms.
Green thumbs: Mayor Paul Hawker with the winners of the 2015 garden competition.

If you reckon you’re a green thumb in the garden and you want to win in this year’s Campbelltown City Garden competition you’d better hurry.

Entries close next Monday, September 5, and with 12 categories and almost $5,000 in prize money up for grabs, avid gardeners would be blooming mad to miss out.

You can access competition details and the online entry form by clicking here.

♦ Campbelltown Council candidate Bob Thompson says he’s got a very good reason he stopped doorknocking during elections.

Last time he did it, Cr Thompson said he only managed to knock on 10 homes in a whole day because “everyone was so nice and wanted him to go in for a cup of tea and a biscuit’’.

“I just do shopping centres and stuff now,’’ says the 25 year council veteran.

♦ And just on the September 10 council elections, pre-poll voting opened this week and was greeted by one big yawn by voters.

Considering some of the big issues this time around the lack of interest so far has surprised everyone, including the candidates.

Maybe everyone’s still recovering from the July 2 federal election.

♦ The NSW Department of Planning and Environment better start planning some overtime for any of its staff dealing with the gigantic container terminal being proposed for Moorebank Avenue.

That’s because by the time submissions closed last week, more than 350 objections were lodged, which must be some sort of a record.

The intermodal will have a massive impact not just around Moorebank but also over in Glenfield and the Hume Highway through to Campbelltown and Camden, as containers will leave the terminal via trucks, having arrived on freight trains.

Local residents fighting the proposal were upbeat after the massive reaction against the intermodal, the result of social media campaigning as well as old fashioned letterbox drops and word of mouth.

♦ There’s a lot of talk this year’s Festival of Fisher’s Ghost will be the last one in its current format.

A final decision will be made after the new council is elected on September 10 but it looks certain the festival is headed for change in 2017.

The biggest of these is holding most of the events, including the parade, at night time.

This would enable a Vivid-like light show to be incorporated into the festival, to give it a bit of a boost.

But still, this year’s festival parade and street fair are going ahead as usual, so if you’re interested in participating here are the contact details:

Street Fair – applications close 10 October – click here for details.

Street Parade – applications close 12 October – click here for details.

A range of sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses and organisations looking to support this year’s event. Click here for details.

Roy Masters says Wests Tigers should be here in Campbelltown fulltime or the AFL will take over the region.
Roy Masters says Wests Tigers should be here in Campbelltown fulltime or the AFL will take over the region.

♦ Roy Masters, the coach of the Western Suburbs Magpies when the notorious face slapping episode of 60 Minutes went to air more than 30 years ago, was a guest last night on Peter Sterling’s show, On The Couch, on Fox Sports.

Masters, one of the smartest people to be involved in rugby league, had a stark message for the Wests Tigers and the NRL: move your operations fulltime into the south west of Sydney or the AFL will take over and dominate in the region.

We’ve been saying it for years that Wests Tigers, for their own sake as much for the game’s sake, should be fulltime in Macarthur, but a combination of politics and mediocre people with their own little agendas have been blocking this commonsense move.

♦ Our newest local politician, the Federal Member for Werriwa Anne Stanley, is getting behind Legacy week, which runs from August 28 and until September 3.

“My own extended family benefited from the help legacy provided,’’ Ms Stanley said this week.

“Volunteer badge sellers will be out all week helping to raise funds for the important support that they provide every day.’’

Legacy is an iconic Australian organisation established almost 100 years ago in the 1920s to provide support for the families of WWI personnel who died either in that war or the years after.

Currently there are 80,000 widows being cared for by Legacy not to mention children and other family members.

“If you can, please join me in donating via this online link or by buying a badge. Whatever you can do to support will be appreciated,” Ms Stanley said.




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