Archive for June, 2018

Jun 19 2018

Northern train station car park gridlock costs big-time

Craigieburn commuters have been hit with fines of more than $33,000 in the past financial year for parking outside proper bays in the train station car park.

Metro Trains’ officers fined 238 commuters $33,160, placing the Craigieburn station car park among the top 10 revenue earners in the metropolitan train network.

Train travellers in neighbouring Whittlesea share the woes, with inadequate station parking forcing commuters to park in the Westfield Plenty Valley shopping centre and face fines.

Transport Department data shows that the Craigieburn station, which has 267 car spaces, blitzed the nine other stations with commuter parking on the Craigieburn and South Morang lines for the number of people fined.

Doreen businesswoman Nicole Lewis said the figures did not reflect the frustration of commuters forced to park outside the station car parks.

She was recently fined $70 for parking over the four-hour limit in Westfield Plenty Valley shopping centre opposite South Morang’s 450-space commuter car park.

“I arrived at 9.13am and there was nowhere to park in the station car park. [There were] cars parked on concrete sections between parking places and often halfway onto the roadway … between the aisles,’’ she said.

“So, unless you drive to the bus stop, take a bus to the train, or take a taxi from home to the train, or get a lift, it is not possible for residents who live beyond walking distance from South Morang station, to travel by train after 7am.”

Figures show Metro officers issued one $85 fine in the past financial year at the South Morang station car park. In Keon Park, 20 people were fined a total of $1351, Thomastown had 10 people fined $962 in total, and in Lalor five people had fines totalling $197. At Roxburgh Park 34 people were fined $1856 in total, while at Broadmeadows 10 people were fined $1072 in total. One $141 fine was issued at Coolaroo.

Nowhere to go: Nicole Lewis is frustrated at a lack of parking at South Morang station. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Jun 19 2018

It’s a musical comedy of horrors

MANY would not expect to see the words ‘‘Frankenstein’’ and ‘‘comedy’’ used in the same sentence, but with Wingz Productions’ new show, The House of Frankenstein, the notorious monster takes on a new role.

Monster of a show: Susan Barrington, Yasmin Stenson, Michael Griffin, Cassandra Menne and David W Owens will star in a new show in Campbelltown. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Written by Martin Downing, the play sees Baron Victor von Frankenstein, played by Michael Griffin, become bored with his attempts to give life to the lifeless, and turn his attention and efforts to curing what is considered incurable.

The many situations that the baron faces are what makes this wisecracking comedy-horror a production to admire, director David W Owens says. ‘‘The production is unusual, and definitely not a run-of-the-mill type play,’’ he said. ‘‘The different levels of the production are what intrigued me most, with characters being involved in so many different circumstances.’’

Owens also said the character development would draw the audience in.

‘‘The relationships and interactions of the characters create so many different levels of interest and enjoyment,’’ he said.

With numerous dance numbers, Owens said the production aimed to give life to the theatrical audiences of the community.

The show dates are September 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8pm, with a 2pm session on September 8 at Town Hall Theatre, Campbelltown.

Tickets are $23 and concessions are $18, with a 10 per cent discount for group bookings of 10 or more.

■ To book: 4627 1550, or email [email protected]苏州美甲学校.au.

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Jun 19 2018

Pet of the Week

Gorgeous George is a handsome, sweet-natured male large cross-breed about 12 months old. He is available for $350 to cover the costs associated with registration, vaccination, desexing, heartworm and worming treatments. Details: Renbury Farm Animal Shelter on 9606 6118 or visit www.renbury苏州美甲学校.au.

Gorgeous George is a handsome, sweet-natured male large cross-breed about 12 months old. He is available for $350 to cover the costs associated with registration, vaccination, desexing, heartworm and worming treatments. Details: Renbury Farm Animal Shelter on 9606 6118 or visit www.renbury苏州美甲学校.au.

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Jun 19 2018

News in brief

School carnival

Elizabeth Macarthur High School will hold its first fund-raising carnival on Friday, 3pm-10pm. There will be rides, show bags, food, games and sideshow alley and a spectacular fireworks display at 9.30pm. Principal Kylie Hedger said: “I am hoping the carnival will become an annual event.”

Pack your saddle

A pack saddling workshop in Cobbitty next week is expected to inspire a new generation of pack saddlers, organisers say. Hosted by the Horsepitality Trail Riders Group, the workshop will be on September 14 at Cobbitty Scout Hall, 9am-5pm. Bookings: De’hanne Keir, 0413 596 547 or Pam Lamshed, 0417 415 641.

Vintage fashion

Things old and interesting will be on sale at the Vintage, 50s and Collectables Fair at Campbelltown RSL Club on Sunday. There will be vintage fashion, art deco, retro collectables and dolls. Antiques expert Rod Cauchi (pictured) will offer free valuations (no more than two for each per person). The annual fair raises money for the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation. There will be entertainment, lucky door prizes and a giant raffle. The fair runs from 9.30am-3.30pm at Campbelltown RSL Club. Entry is $7 for adults $2 for children. Details: 4655 5022.

Photo contest

Entries are now open for the Macarthur Nature Photographic Competition. The categories for adults and children include waterways, flora and fauna and nature close up and there are cash prizes available. The entries close on Monday, September 30, and can be submitted at Camden and Wollondilly Council administration buildings or at the Campbelltown Civic Centre.

Meals on Wheels

Camden Meals on Wheels celebrated the hard work of their volunteers during National Meals on Wheels Day last Wednesday. This is the 60th National Meals on Wheels Day.

Poisoned coffee

An Epping man, 37, charged with poisoning his partner by putting Ratsak in her coffee, appeared in Camden Court on Thursday. Jason Earl is charged with using poison to endanger life and administer poison with intent to injure. He did not enter a plea. Police allege Earl put Ratsak in his partner’s coffee on April 30 and again on May 1. The woman allegedly noticed strange-coloured granules in an instant coffee jar after drinking several cups at her home in Wilton. Earl remains on bail and will reappear in court next month.

Kermit car unveiled

Narellan Rotary Club has launched its Kermit car for the Camp Quality esCarpade at the Harrington Grove Country Club on Friday. This year’s esCarpade runs from Bundaberg to Wollongong from October 12 to 19.

Retired Police Day

Camden local area command will host an event for Retired Police Day on Monday, September 9. All retired NSW police officers living in the Camden area are invited. RSVP to Narellan police station, 4632 4499 as soon as possible.

Online pics

How do we see ourselves? is an online exhibition of photos of people and places that can be viewed throughout September. Photos that show how the area has preserved its past and how developments have brought positive change can be shared with Camden Library and the museum. The exhibition can be viewed at

History Week

Preschoolers can put themselves in the picture with a fun event to celebrate History Week. Children can have their photo taken looking at life-sized images of children from the past. The “mini-discoverers” event is free at Camden Library on September 10, from 11am to noon. Bookings:

Preserve oldies

Camden Library staff can help you preserve treasured photos. Assistance will be available at Camden Library on September 10 to digitise up to five photos on a USB for $5. Sessions will run in 15-minute slots from 10am to noon, 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.30pm. Bookings:

Photojouro’s work

An exhibition of photojournalist Jeff Carter’s photographs called Beach, Bush and Battlers is now on display at Camden Library. The exhibition features 40 black and white images of Australia from the 1940s to 1996 in rural, outback, urban and coastal regions.

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Jun 19 2018

Power station plan scrapped

AGL has scrapped plans for the controversial Leaf’s Gully gas-fired power station which was set to be built near Appin.

A company spokeswoman said the announcement was made as part of the release of AGL’s annual financial statement on August 28.

“The economic viability of this project has been under review for some time in light of the latest supply and demand outlook in the national electricity market,” she said.

“There is a large surplus of electricity supply in NSW and there is no requirement for additional capacity to be built in the short term.”

AGL proposed to build a 300-megawatt back-up power generator on a 280- hectare bushland site between Appin, Menangle and Rosemeadow in 2009.

It stirred strong community protests and all three local councils opposed the plant, concerned it would emit carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides into the region’s air and endanger koala habitats in the area.

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Jun 19 2018

Police briefs

Drink driving charge

A Currans Hill man, 48, has been charged with low range drink driving. He was stopped on Camden Valley Way, Elderslie, about 4.50pm on August 27 and allegedly had a blood alcohol reading of 0.074. He will appear in Camden Court on September 25.

Caught with cannabis

A Mount Annan youth, 17, has been dealt with under the Young Offenders Act for being in possession of cannabis. Police said they saw the youth about 9pm on Saturday near Charles Babbage Avenue and Nash Place, Currans Hill. They said they saw him run from the vehicle and drop something which turned out to be a small amount of cannabis.

Breath test dispute

Police have charged a Camden woman, 53, with refusing to submit to breath analysis. Police were called to Hawkey Crescent, Camden, about 6.30pm on Thursday in relation to a neighbour dispute during which the woman was driving a car. The woman was given a breath analysis test but was unable to provide a sufficient breath sample. She will face Camden Court on September 25.

Court date for driver

A Narellan Vale man, 42, has been charged with mid-range drink driving. He was stopped on Narellan Road, Smeaton Grange, about 9.22pm on Friday. He allegedly had a blood alcohol reading of 0.080 and will face Campbelltown Court on September 23.

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Jun 19 2018

Iconic Aussie images capture everyday life

HE was considered a larrikin Australian photojournalist and locals will be able to see the iconic work of Jeff Carter up close in an exhibition at Camden Library during History Week.

A collection of 40 of Carter’s most memorable images from the State Library of NSW of everyday Australians in rural, outback, urban and coastal regions from the 1940s to 1996 will feature in the exhibition called Beach, Bus + Battlers.

Camden Library manager Bernadette Fleet said: “Jeff Carter has documented and celebrated the lives of ‘ordinary’ people at work and play.

“You can see in his images that he had a genuine admiration and respect for his subjects.”

The late Carter worked as a full-time photojournalist from the mid-1950s and has a photographic archive of 50,000 works which are said to be among the nation’s most historically important because they capture the changing face of our country.

Alan Davies, State Library curator of photographs said: “Jeff was out there photographing the people and places others weren’t interested in and as a nation we’ve got a lot to be grateful to Jeff for”.

A new film about Carter’s life and work called Inland Heart will also be shown.

The free exhibition is on at Camden Library until September 27.

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Jun 19 2018

New love looms through the lens

Charlie Cowell will speak at the Camden Historical Society meeting about preserving old photos as part of History Week. Picture: Jonathan NgWHEN Camden’s Charles Cowell picked up a camera more than 30 years ago to snap a pictorial display of the plants in his nursery business, he didn’t think it would lead to a love of photography.

At the time, taking photos of the flowering plants to make his own tags seemed practical.

These days, photography is more about passion and Mr Cowell is keen to share his enthusiasm and tips for taking the perfect photo with others.

He will be the guest speaker at the Camden Historical Society September meeting which will be held during History Week — an apt pairing given this year’s theme, Picture This.

“My father was interested in photography when I was young but I didn’t take much notice,” Mr Cowell said. “Then I started making the pictorial tags for the nursery and I joined a camera club.

“I enjoyed going along. There were people who were fairly experienced and they spent time with the new members.

“Now I find myself doing that for others.”

Mr Cowell counts landscapes as his favourite subject to photograph and the opportunities were plentiful when he travelled to South Africa (“that was a really great experience”) and more recently The Kimberley and Lake Eyre.

He’s collected a few cameras along the way, but Mr Cowell said he preferred to shoot with a digital camera and not with film.

“Photography changed with the digital age. It’s much easier now with digital cameras and not having to worry about chemicals. I don’t really miss that,” he said.

“My father used to use an old Kodak and he would develop his photos in the laundry.

“One of things I love to do is retake really old photographs and work on them to bring them up to a high standard and store them as a digital file so you can distribute them to family.”

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Jun 19 2018

Narellan was wise choice

Matt means business: Matt Leighton (front) surrounded by representatives of the Narellan Chamber of Commerce after he received life membership to the organisation.MATT Leighton remembers what business in Narellan was like before the Town Centre and industrial area were there.

“This was all vacant land,” he said speaking outside the 18-year-old Narellan Town Centre.

“There was a little shopping centre with a fruit and vegie market and a pine timber shop — that was all.

“I’ve seen a lot of change take place. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly.”

A founder of the Narellan Chamber of Commerce, Mr Leighton, OAM, was recently presented with life membership to the organisation — the first person in the local chamber’s history to do so.

The former president for 24 years said he was was humbled by the recognition.

“It’s an absolute honour that came totally out of the blue,” he said. “I wasn’t aware they were going to do this.

“It’s a magnificent gesture from the chamber and the chamber members.”

Mr Leighton set up his tyre business in Narellan in November 1977.

It was considered an odd decision from friends who suggested he move to Camden instead.

But the 75-year-old thought Narellan would be a better location to help his business stay afloat.

“I said Camden is virtually flood-bound and it can’t expand too far because of the flood plains so the natural progression will be to go to the high ground,” he said.

“I was the only commercial building in the area other than S&M Fox.”

Mr Leighton witnessed the change on his doorstep.

But he predicted with the number of housing estates and the population increase, the town would continue to evolve at a rapid rate.

“I’ve been here 36 years and one of the first things I had to do was allow the RTA to buy some frontage on my block of land so they could create a dual carriageway,” he said. “The whole area has actually grown at a steady process and what you see in the next five years will exceed what has taken place in the last 10.”

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Jun 19 2018

Think road safety first for sport finals

WITH the local football and netball finals upon us it is a timely reminder to all road users of the importance of safe driving.

There will be a greater volume of traffic to and from games and there is also an increased risk of vehicle crashes.

Drivers should be aware of the speed limits of the roads they are travelling on.

Driving at an inappropriate speed puts you and other road users at risk. Inappropriate speeds are driving at speeds greater than the posted speed limit or driving at a speed that is unsafe for the road or traffic conditions such as bad weather or heavy vehicular traffic.

Speed increases the risk of crashing and the faster you go the longer it takes you to stop.

Most supporters and players enjoy the social atmosphere at the finals. For those who choose to enjoy alcoholic beverages, a designated driver or other transport arrangements should be organised before the day.

Importantly do not accept a lift from someone who is affected by alcohol or drugs.

Like alcohol, drugs including prescription and over the counter drugs, impair your ability to drive safely.

Drugs can decrease a driver’s mental alertness, vision and coordination and your ability to react quickly to what may happen on the road.

Seatbelts should be worn by all occupants of vehicles and motorists should make themselves aware of current legislation in relation to child restraints which applies to children up to the age of seven years.

Inattention is another leading cause of crashes and it is important that drivers concentrate solely on driving and not allow themselves to be distracted by mobile phones, electronic devices or passengers.

Police can breath test and drug test a driver at any time of the day or night. Be safe and enjoy the finals.

Constable Stephanie Boyd from Naracoorte Police Station and Naracoorte/Lucindale Road Safety Group reminds everyone to drive safely these football and netball finals.

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