Kangaroos stand by their man after fire destroys family home

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The Campbelltown City Kangaroos rugby league club prides itself on their 116 years of history. But more than that, it has always had the back of anyone in the club who needed a helping hand.

So when the family home of current first grade five eight Anthony Leatham burnt down a couple of weeks ago destroying all their possessions, the Kangaroos swung into action.

“Anthony has spent six years with the club, is an outstanding young man who with his wife Rachel have two little girls,’’ the Kangaroos wrote in a Facebook post to promote a gofundme page for Leatham and his family.

The club are planning a few fundraising events of their own to help the family, including a dinner on the concourse at Fullwood Reserve 7pm tonight.

Players from all grades have volunteered to prepare and serve food and the club is hoping as many members of the Kangaroos family attend.

Club legend Robert Melville says they will also be donating the profits from the regular Joker Poker at Ambarvale Hotel, sponsors of the Kangaroos in 2024.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to help the Leatham family, please contact Robert Melville on 0423 856 773.

The funding page is:



Animal Justice Party councillor Matt Stellino wants to see Campbelltown residents build cat enclosures on residential lands that adjoin or are in close proximity to wildlife areas and industrial zones.

Cr Stellino doesn’t spell it out, but obviously the idea is to stop domestic cats running on to bushland and causing havoc with native wildlife.

Cr Stellino has a table a notice of motion for next Tuesday’s council meting which also seeks the establishment of a community grant program to help fund the cat enclosures.


A few readers have pointed out that last week’s big production over the “opening’’ of the northern entrance at Campbelltown Hospital, could easily be seen as the glorified opening of a door.

The NSW Premier was due to attend but did not make it in the end, however the deputy premier was there, along with the health minister, local MPs from far and wide and other VIPs.

There were certainly a lot of people in all of the photos the media received from the government PR people.

One reader was a little confused, confessing that they thought there would be a new entrance by cars from Appin Road, at the intersection with Narellan Road.

No, it definitely was to mark a new main entrance inside the recently completed redeveloped hospital.


It’s always good to see the three Macarthur mayors joining forces from time to time to push the interests of the region.

Campbelltown Mayor George Greiss posted a photo on social media when he and fellow Macarthur mayors Matt Gould (Wollondilly) and Ashleigh Cagney (Camden) met with NSW  transport minister Jo Haylen to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing local residents.

“Transport and connectivity is a key focus of our advocacy, and we will continue to pursue opportunities to advocate for better outcomes for those that call our wonderful region home,’’ Cr Greiss posted.


Liverpool ought to be part of this group, as they have been in the past, including to promote local tourism.

But it’s a matter of personalities, and as one wit pointed out this week, the Liverpool Council is being investigated by the Office of Local Government, which means their controversial mayor, Ned Mannoun, is surely on the way out at the September local government elections.

The irony is that while he’s headed for the exit, Campbelltown wishes its mayor wasn’t giving the game away in September.

George Greiss, who recently announced his retirement from council politics, has been gaining in popularity since getting the top job in January 2022.


We hear a lot of talk that opponents of plans for a retirement village, hotels and much more in the middle of Studley golf course – aka as Camden golf course – are mobilising for the fight of their lives.

The plans went on exhibition earlier this year, and even one former planner we spoke to felt they were “way over the top’’.

Land around the historic Studley House was sold to the developers by a previous golf club board.

This is one to watch.

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