Camden Festival

Time again for the annual Camden Festival – running from 13th September through to the 28 September this year.

The program of events this year is as follows:


Sat 13th – Cinema Under The Stars

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

6.15pm – Frozen (G)

8pm  – Saving Mr Banks (PG)

Gates open 5pm, and entry is free


Sun 14th – Picnic in the Park

Macarthur Park, Menangle Road, Camden

10am to 3pm


Wed 17th – Kids Fun Day

Curry Reserve, Elderslie

10am to 2pm


Wed 17th – Camden CWA Open Day – Doll Display and Devonshire Tea

Camden CWA Room, Lower Argyle Street, Camden

10am – 4pm


Thurs 18th – Youth Movie Night

United Cinemas Narellan

From 6pm

Movie has been confirmed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Friday 19th – Twilight Markets

Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living

1 Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan

5pm – 8pm


Sat 20th and Sun 21st – Camden Rotary Relay for Life

Camden Showground, Onslow Oval, Camden.

From 9am


Sat 20th and Sun 21st – Camden Park House and Garden Open Weekend

Elizabeth Macarthur Avenue, Camden

Sat: 12pm – 4pm

Sun: 10am – 4pm


Sat 27th – Youth Streetwise Skateboarding Clinic

Kirkham Skate Park, Hilder Street, Elderslie

10am – 12pm


Sun 28th – ‘TASTE’ Food, Wine & Music Festival

Camden Town Farm, Exeter street, Camden

12pm – 5pm


For more details and the official guide, visit the Camden Festival website.


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    EMHS Carnival

    Don’t forget the Lizzie Mac carnival on at Elizabeth Macarthur  High School  again today!

    In case you missed it last night, it is open from 3pm to 10pm.

    As you can see below, there are plenty or rides to cater for everyone…..








    Update: some pics below of the fireworks from tonight




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      A Wet August

      August of this year, not only being the last winter month, also brought some long overdue and welcome rain to the Mount Annan and Sydney basin area.

      The first half of the month was moisture free, but on the 18th August over 1/10 of the year’s rainfall to date fell (78mm). This ended up being around half the total month’s rainfall in August

      It’s amazing how much difference a bit of rain makes to the area. As you can see from the two pics below, we needed the rain and now grass is starting to turn green in time for spring.

      The first was taken two days before the rain, and the second one was taken earlier this week. This is from the botanical gardens looking west over Mount Annan.






      For more detail on weather statistics, check out the Bureau of Meteorology website , or stats taken from a weather station of a local resident here.

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        High Rise Development in Mount Annan


        Camden Council received a proposal of the construction of a 4 storey multi dwelling housing development at 1-5 Main Street, Mount Annan at the beginning of August.

        From the council website, the proposed development includes:

        • Construction of 256 units across 9 precincts (these units comprise of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units) with a mix of 8 unit types;
        • The mix of units are 50% x 2 bedroom units, 38% x 3 bedroom units and 12% x 4 bedroom units;
        • The development will occur across 2 separate stages. Stage 1 incorporates 164 units and Stage 2 incorporates 92 units;
        • Provision of a total of 550 car parking spaces (this includes both on and off street car parking) and is across a two level car park; and
        • Provision of landscaping, acoustic attenuation measures and associated site works.

        Annanvale circuit is the road that runs along the ‘newer carpark’ at Mount Annan marketplace, with the development area being the space that the circus normally occupies when in Mount Annan (see pics below).




        annanvalecircuit looking west 2011


        The development has caused a stir with local residents, according to the Camden Advertiser , the two main points being the building height (4 storey) and the extra traffic to a existing choking local precinct.

        For more detailed inforamtion, check out the site plans and elevation as well as the photo montage on the Camden Council website. The montage is quite interesting as it shows the development taking up that whole block of (currently) vacant land, with it predominatly ‘facing’ Mount Annan marketplace.

        The DA is open for exhibition until 27th October 2014.

        What do you think of the proposed high rise development? Is it a good for the area? How much will much the traffic be affected? Leave a comment below.

        Update 4th Sept. – Received in the mail today from the council were details of the proposed development, along with a one page spread of the photo montage. From memory, I have never received such mail from the council in the 15 years I have been living in the area.  Mind you, I’m not complaining – I think it’s a good idea to involve the community.


        Update 10th September – There will be a public meeting at Birriwa Reserve Clubhouse on Sunday September 14 (3pm).

        All local residents are urged to attend.

        Mayor Lara Symkowiak and Liberal MP Chris Patterson will be in attendance. Hopefully the developer will be in attendance also.

        For more detailed info and updates, check out the Facebook Group that has been created relating to the development proposal.


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          NSW RFS Open Day



          The NSW Rural Fire Service open day is on September 13 this year at many fire stations across the state.

          It is a great family day out, and an opportunity to meet and thank our local volunteers as well as understanding the bush fire risk in our area.

          Details for our local open day are:

          Location: Narellan Station, Richardson Road near Elyard Street, Narellan 2567

          Start Time: 10:00 AM

          Finish Time: 2:00 PM

          Activities Static display, Booking to review Bush Fire Survival Plan, Bookings for property inspection, Sausage sizzle/BBQ, Fire truck demonstration, Fire hose demonstration

          For more information, please visit the NSW RFS website.


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