Culling list forgets
our new park
Campbelltown's new Dharawal National Park has been left off a list of parks and reserves to be opened up to shooters.
Last Wednesday, Premier Barry O'Farrell announced the state government's feral-animal control program in national parks would be extended to let licensed shooters cull pests such as pigs, dogs, cats and goats. But our new local park was not included on the list of suitable spots.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported the change was part of a deal with the Shooters and Fishers Party to allow the privatisation of the state's power generators. But Mr O'Farrell said the move was a logical extension of an existing policy. "At least 24,000 feral pigs, dogs, goats, foxes, cats, rabbits and deer were destroyed in national parks in 2010-2011," he said.
The development of pathways to link the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan with adjoining residential communities has been given a $455,000 boost by the NSW Government. As part of the Metropolitan Greenspace Program — to help councils add to open space and recreational trails across Sydney — $455,000 has been awarded to Camden Council for Mount Annan Botanic Garden's recreational trail.
"The council will use the funds to plan and construct one of three shared recreational pathways [more than 4.5km of new trails] to link the botanic garden with adjoining residential communities," Camden MP Chris Patterson said. "Development of the regional trails network will ultimately connect Campbelltown, Camden and Menangle Park."
A further $50,000 was committed to Camden and Campbelltown Councils for the Nepean River Trail link to Camden.
Farewell, St Pat's care
After 20 years' service, St Patrick's Child Care Centre at Campbelltown is closing on June 30. Past families, children and staff are invited to an afternoon tea at the centre to celebrate the centre's contributions on Saturday, June 16, from 2pm to 4pm.
Details, RSVP (by Friday): Ann Webb, 4629 2938.
Campbelltown residents have the chance to learn more about the National Broadband Network when the NBN Co Discovery Truck stops at Koshigaya Park today (Wednesday). The 23-tonne mobile interactive demonstration centre is designed to show the benefits of high-speed broadband. A team of NBN Co demonstrators will staff the truck and answer questions and guide visitors through demonstrations. It will be at Koshigaya Park from 10am to 5pm.