Two women to lead
council for new term
Child sex offences
A Mount Annan man, 27, has been
charged with child sex offences as a
result of a Western Australia police invest-
igation. Police searched his home about
10am on September 5 and seized
computers and electronic storage
devices. He was charged with using a
carriage service to groom persons under
16 years of age for sexual activity and two
counts of using a carriage service to
transmit indecent communication to a
person under 16. He will face Camden
Court on October 16.
CAMDEN mayor Lara Symkowiak has been returned as
mayor for the third year in a row while first-term councillor
Theresa Fedeli will have a turn in the deputy mayor’s role.
Both were elected unopposed at last week’s Camden
Council meeting and will serve for the next 12 months.
Cr Fedeli said she was looking forward to taking on the
challenges facing the Camden local government area
over the coming years.
‘‘It is an honour to represent the community of
Camden,’’ she said.
Cr Symkowiak said her focus for the next year would be
improving customer service through better technology for
staff and some of the upcoming big projects.
‘‘It will be a building and construction phase for the
next 12 months,’’ she said.
Copper stealing charge
Camden police have arrested a Busby
man, 31, and a Mount Pritchard man,
34, for allegedly stealing copper cabling
from a Narellan construction site. The
police came across the men about
1.10am on Saturday and allegedly found
tools and copper cabling in the back of
their ute. They will both face Picton Court
on October 14.
Man refused to answer
Police were called to a brawl in Main
Street, Mount Annan, about 12.30am on
Saturday. A Whalan man, 37, was being
aggressive and refused to give police any
information about what had happened,
but it later emerged he had been kicked
in the head several times.
Lured by unlocked car
Residents are reminded to keep their
garage remotes secure and lock their car
doors after thieves entered a garage in
Ancona Avenue, Spring Farm. Police said
the family had left their car unlocked and
parked in front of their home on Saturday
night and the offenders had used the
garage door remote to enter the garage.
Women who lead: Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak has
been re-elected for a third year in a row and Theresa Fedeli
is Camden’s new deputy mayor.
Picture: Jonathan Ng
Council needs to show viability
By Kerrie Armstrong
CAMDEN Council will have to put
together a plan to show how it will
remain sustainable into the future
under new NSW government require-
ments. All NSW councils are required to
put together the plans as part of the
government’s response to the Inde-
pendent Local Government Review
Panel’s recommendations on the
local government sector.
The new Fit for the Future pro-
gram will see money offered to
councils that amalgamate and
cheaper finance available for coun-
is key to standing alone
cils once they complete the plan.
Local Government Minister Paul
Toole said the local government
reform package, worth $1 billion,
would help councils to remove obsta-
cles that may have prevented reform
and innovation in the past.
The reforms include $258 million to
help councils that choose to amal-
gamate, up to $600 million in poten-
tial savings for Fit for the Future
councils to invest in local infrastruc-
ture, $5.3 million to help the estab-
lishment of new joint regional
organisations of councils and up to
$100 million in cuts to red tape.
The Advertiser asked for an inter-
view with Camden Council general
manager Ron Moore to discuss what
Fit for the Future means for Camden.
Six days later we were provided with
a statement from mayor Lara Sym-
kowiak which can be read on our
However, Campbelltown Council
general manager Paul Tosi said his
council would not seek to merge with
Camden because planned develop-
ment would mean significant popu-
lation growth for both areas.
He said the forecast populations of
Camden and Campbelltown would
put them within the accepted range
to be judged as ‘‘fit for the future’’
Wollondilly Council general man-
ager Luke Johnson welcomed the
‘‘If you aren’t fit for the future it [the
financial gap] is only going to get big-
ger,’’ he said.
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