Tour de France champion spotted in Campbelltown hotel

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Spotted in the Rydges hotel in Campbelltown by one of our spies this week was Tadej Pogačar, the Slovenian cyclist who won the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Tour de France.

Pogačar won three different jerseys during each Tour, a feat not seen for nearly 40 years.

He finished second in the 2022 edition of Tour de France.

The cycling champion (pictured) is here to take part in the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong during September 18-25.

But obviously he has chosen to stay in a better location by basing himself in the heart of Macarthur country.

We wish him well in the cycling competition.


The death of Queen Elizabeth has had a huge impact in many parts of the world, and the Macarthur region is no exception.

Campbelltown Council adjourned its Tuesday night meeting as a mark of respect, and will now hold the meeting next Tuesday.

Also affected was the official launch of Minto Mall’s $10 million expansion, which was going to be held next Thursday, September 22, but which has since been declared a public holiday.

The official launch, by Mayor George Greiss, will now be held the next day, Friday, September 23.

Eagle eyed readers may have noticed we are referring to Minto Mall and not Minto Marketplace as it has been officially called since its redevelopment a few years ago.

The owners have wisely decided that since most people still refer to it as Minto Mall it shall be once again called that.

Good move.


Local MP Greg Warren, along with all local politicians, decided that with an official 10 day mourning period for the Queen’s passing he would adhere to the protocols associated with it.

He quickly postponed his mobile offices last Saturday due to be held in Appin, Rosemeadow and St Helens Park, as well as the forum that was scheduled to be held in Macarthur Heights.


The South West Voice team in last week’s sport academy golf day may have finished fifth overall but the conversation  at the lunch afterwards would have bolted in a yakking competition.

Which was no surprise considering the make up of the team: a sports journo, Martin Reader from Volleyball NSW and 2012 Olympian for Canada, Liverpool Council sport and recreation coordinator Chris Corby and Camden chiropractor Cameron Champion – who’s also into BMX racing.

And as if that wasn’t enough, joining us at the table were some very talented baseballers who regaled us with great yarns from their time in the US.

Chris, Martin, SW Voice and Cameron. (They are all very tall…)


Read it and weep: a new Facebook page, Liverpool Council Shenanigans has started up, and it takes a look at what the town’s mayor Ned Mannoun is up to.

This could be an eye opener for those people who thought Mannoun was the messiah and voted for him at last year’s council elections.

They may be having second thoughts now, because the new Ned is no different at all from the Ned who was mayor the first time 10 years ago.


At the other end of the spectrum is Greg Copeland, the Camden Rams rugby league president, who has been recognised by the NSWRLasvolunteer of the year in the Macarthur region.

Greg puts in more than 35 hours of volunteering work a week, mostly making sure the Rams home ground is fully prepared for the weekend games.


Softball competition is scheduled to start on October 15 but the four fenced diamonds at Cowpasture Reserve which were completely destroyed during the floods in Camden earlier this year are still to be repaired, pictured below.

An angry resident sent us a note, saying there’s been no action from Camden Council, which is not good enough.

Maybe council needs to take a leaf out of Greg Copeland’s book.

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