Meet the star attraction in the Minto Mall parking lot

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Minto Mall is a great local shopping centre, but the star attraction for the past few weeks has been this colourful vehicle.

It has been parked in the southern end of the centre where many stop to take a good look, some even getting their camera phones out to grab a picture or two.

Unfortunately, we didn’t meet the owner, even though after taking some pictures we waited around for a while.

One of our readers knows something about this vehicle and what all the paraphernalia is all about.

If you do, please let us know so we can enlighten everyone else.


Speaking of readers, from time to time we’re surprised by the people who read the South West Voice in Macarthur.

One of the ways our online news is accessed is via a weekly newsletter that lands in subscribers’ email inboxes 10am every Monday.

However, when a subscriber goes on holidays and sets up one of those automated responses to emails received while they are away, it comes back to our email inbox.

No names, no pack drill, but we can tell you your humble online local newspaper is read by people far and wide.

The bulk of the subscribers is local, sure, but there are plenty who are in different parts of the Sydney metropolitan area, interstate and overseas.

This morning, just after 10am, as usual, we received several emails from subscribers who are on holidays – we get a lot of those from Christmas to the end of January.

Among them was one from the US, informing us the subscriber had retired from work on December 29.

Of more interest was where this person worked: The U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC.

PS. Becoming a subscriber to our weekly newsletter is easy: visit the website at and click on subscribe on the menu bar, fill in your details (name and email address only) and we’ll do the rest.


Construction is progressing well on the much-anticipated northern entrance to Campbelltown Hospital, with the new structure taking shape against the backdrop of the existing hospital buildings.

Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals general manager Grant Isedale says the second entry point will offer convenient access to care and services.

“It will link directly into Hospital Street, the centre of the hospital, and help our patients and visitors find their way to the services they need,’’ he said.

The work is part of stage two of the $632 million redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital.

Also as part of the redevelopment, the hospital recently commissioned its third cardiac catheterisation laboratory.

The Cath Labs are co-located with the operating theatres in Building C, ensuring that crucial procedures for diagnosing and treating cardiac arrhythmia, coronary heart disease, and structural heart disease can be completed on-site as and when they are needed.


Western Sydney International Airport (WSI) and their principal contractor for the construction of the runway, the CPB-Acciona joint venture, found a novel way to promote and support Movember – by painting a 30 metre moustache on the runway.

Movember is the Men’s Health Awareness Month and generates funds to support charities tackling men’s mental health issues, suicide, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Staff at WSI and the contractors grew a moustache for the entire month of November before the survey team took it up a level, carefully marking out the Movember iconic moustache on the airport’s runway.

Three team members took on the task of physically painting the Mo, turning the runway into the best upper lip this side of the harbour.

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