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Australia Day Celebrations

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As always, Australia Day in the local area promises to be a great day with Camden council putting on a good day’s celebration.

It all starts in John St on Monday 26th January at 8am, and there will be many free activities including including face painting, mini putt putt golf, jumping castles, tattoos, a thong throwing competition and market stalls with an Australian theme. Favourite aussie cover band, Mad Rhino, will be back again singing some great Aussie hits.

Camden’s Australia Day Ambassador this year is Donny Galella, Australian fashion designer and stylist.

The Program of events will be as follows:

8am – 1pm         FREE entertainment and activities in John Street, Camden

8.30am              Australia Day Thanksgiving Service by the Christian Community of Camden

9.15am              Official Civic Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

11.15am            Macarthur Lions Street Parade, Argyle Street, Camden

Note: There will be some road closures during the day, with the main one being John Street between Argyle Street and Mitchell Street, which will be closed from 6am – 3pm on Monday 26 January 2015.

For further detail, and the complete list of road closures, check out the Camden Council Website.

 

 

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    South West Rail Link February Opening

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    The South West Rail link is due to open next month on February 8 – one year ahead of schedule and reportedly well under budget. But it is not all good new for local residents.

    Next month, trains will start to leave Leppington, and will stop at Edmondson Park, Glenfield and then head up to Liverpool.

    The first service will depart Leppington station at 5.06am each day, with trains every 30 minutes until the last service from Liverpool, which departs at 11.58pm.

    Bus services will be added at Oran Park and Narellan to take commuters to Leppington Station. If you intend to drive yourself there, there will be 1250 car spaces at the two new stations.

    Unfortunately for Camden/Narellan area residents, there will be no direct service to the city. This means that you will have to change trains at say Glenfield if heading towards the city, or even Liverpool for a longer trip. It’s a shame because I could see a lot of commuters that work in the city utilise Leppington station rather then where they go now (Campbelltown, Leumeah etc).

    As reported previously on this site, there are plans to extend the rail line to Rossmore and then south into Oran Park and Narellan (and possibly Gregory Hills). I am unsure whether the go ahead has been given, and if so what the timeline is there.

    No doubt the line will be extended North to link up with the new airport at Badgerys Creek, but this will be some time away yet also.

    Will you use Leppington station when it opens next month? Leave a comment below.

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      MTB track upgrade

      Being an avid Mountain Biker, I was excited to hear about the changes going on at the mountain bike track, at the Australian Botanical Garden Mount Annan.

      I must admit, once I saw some of the changes in progress for myself, I was even more keen to see them finished as soon as possible.

      Extensions are being made to the advanced (or black) trail to add on a couple of extra Kms (unsure of exact distance), with a pretty impressive and steep banked corner (see pics below). This is located at the very far end of the track where you would normally start the downhill on the dirt road to start coming back towards the blue/green tracks. Regular riders will have seen the works as they are pretty hard to miss when riding the advanced track.

      Check out the pics below:

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      These pictures were taken late on the 26th November. As the track was closed on the weekend of the 29-30 Nov for the 24 hour Enduro, and has still be closed since because of the amount of rain over the last few days, I am unsure if any of the new sections were finished in time for the Enduro last weekend.

      Look out for another post related to the Mountain Bike Track in the coming weeks!

       

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        Where’s the NBN?

        The NBN seems like it’s been around for a lifetime, but hasn’t been rolled out in the Mount Annan area yet – well sort of but more on that in a minute. NBN Co made an rollout announcement today on the construction progress  that is due to be completed by June 2016.

        Today NBN Co outlined plans to add 1.9 million premises to the new multi-technology mix (MTM) NBN by June 2016. This announcement today is an important milestone, as it is the first that contains the Coalition’s MTM method.

        What is MTM? It’s basically using new technology (fibre) combined with old existing technology (copper) to build the infrastructure to deliver the NBN. From a technical point of view, fibre for the NBN will be connected to the node (FTTN) rather than to each individual premise in the majority of cases (commonly known as Fibre To The Premises – FTTP).
        What it means is slower speeds as it will still use some copper to get to your place, but the rollout should be quicker as not as much infrastructure needs to be installed.

        FTTP will still exist in a NBN world to those who already have it or were due to get it in previous plans, but it would appear that in Mount Annan we will be getting MTM.

        When is it coming to Mount Annan? Well not soon according to the list that was released. Check out the list of locations (with a searchable map) here.

        Interestingly, looking at the rollout map on the NBN Co map, there is some NBN already in Mount Annan in very small area (see pic below).

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        (image source: Google maps, information source: nbnco.com.au)

        If you live in this shaded area, I’d be interested to hear if you have got NBN and what you think of it. Leave a comment below.

        Current projections are that all homes will have access to the NBN by 2020.
        What are your thoughts? Are you happy with what you have now which is probably ADSL2+. Leave a comment below.

         

         

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          Garage Sale

          Often I see garage sales advertised out on the streets with cardboard signs and the like.

          We thought it would be better for all to see them on a local website like ours.

          It would benefit the seller in reaching a greater audience, and the buyer who likes to plan on attending one or more garage sales over a weekend.

          So now, this site has a place for locals only (and that’s another good reason) to list their garage sales before the weekend that they are due.

          The listings are welcome to all residents of Mount Annan, Narellan Vale, Narellan Gardens and Currans Hill (at this stage).

          There is no charge whatsoever for listing your garage sale.

          Fill in the online form here:

          http://mountannan.net/garage-sale-entry/

          Check out the garage sales on this weekend on this page :

          http://mountannan.net/garage-sale-listings/

           

          Finally, tell your friends about it and get them to check out the page too!

           

           

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