Campbelltown matters with Greg Warren: Bring the World Cup to Campbelltown

It's official - the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup will be hosted in Australia and by our neighbours across the Tasman in New Zealand.

What an incredible outcome.

The vision of the players and those involved with the bid celebrating once the announcement was made was spine tingling.

And there, in the middle of all the euphoria, was one of our own - Rosemeadow's Alanna Kennedy.

While Alanna currently plies her trade in America, she is, and forever will be, a proud Campbelltown resident.

I read with interest the proposed venues to host the World Cup and couldn't help but feel Campbelltown Sports Stadium should have been included.

While I understand no official decision has been made, wouldn't it be a coup for our local stadium to host some of the tournament's games.

Public transport access to the stadium is ideal (vital to ensuring fans from various nations around the world can get to and from the game easily).

We also have a passionate local football community who would welcome to chance to have the tournament in their own backyard.

Yes, it may not be the biggest venue but there isn't much that beats a full house at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Imagine the benefits it would also bring to our local community.

The tourism, the investment in the local community, the inspiration, the global exposure - it would have such an incredible ripple effect throughout the entire Western Sydney region as well.

That's why I have written off to Football Federation Australia CEO James Johnson regarding the prospect.

The FFA's decision to grant Macarthur Bulls FC an A-League licence Australia's peak football body recognises the importance of area.

We got our A-League club, now the next step is to bring the World Cup to Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Thanks to health workers and teachers

To every health worker in Campbelltown, I say thank you.

Thank you for putting the welfare of our community before your own during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Without your dedication, passion and determination, we would all be lost without you.

To every other emergency services worker in Campbelltown, I also say thank you.

Thanks you for continually prioritising the needs of our community above your own.

Your courage is admirable and inspirational.

To every teacher in Campbelltown, I say thank you.

Thank you for persevering through the most unique time in your career.

It's not just the curriculum, but also the example teachers set that help shape the lives of our future generations and you should be immensely proud of yourselves.