Media Releases

  • Camden Students Back to School with Return and Earn

    31 January, 2018

    Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and Member for Camden Chris Patterson visited Elizabeth Macarthur High School and Nepean Distributors this morning to see how students are recycling and raising funds for their P&C through Return and Earn. Elizabeth Macarthur Principal Kylie Hedger said…...Read more

  • Over $230,000 to help save the Elderslie Banksia Scrub Forest

    31 January, 2018

    Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton along with the Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced that $239,250 is going towards a new regionally-based conservation project to help save the Banksia integrifolia Member for Camden Chris Patterson said he was pleased to be delivering…...Read more

  • NSW Training Award Nominations Open

    15 January, 2018

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today urged employers and trainers in our community to nominate outstanding local apprentices, trainees and organisations for the 2018 NSW Training Awards. Mr Patterson said nominations for the regional round of the NSW Training Awards open this Monday, 15…...Read more

  • Spring Farm Receives First Container Deposit Scheme Vending Machine

    16 October, 2017

    The first reverse vending machine for the state’s container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, has hit the ground. The machine has been installed at Spring Farm’s Woolworths Supermarket in Camden, making it the first of up to 180 to be installed at or near Woolworths supermarkets ahead…...Read more

  • Thank you to Camden Carers

    12 October, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today paid tribute to all carers and called on locals to show their support as part of National Carers Week. A carer is someone who provides ongoing, unpaid support to people who need help because of disability, mental illness, chronic or terminal illness,…...Read more

  • Local Sport Grants Open

    8 September, 2017

    Local sports clubs in Camden are being invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000, with Member for Camden Chris Patterson saying the focus this year is encouraging more talented girls and young women into sport programs. “Around half of all Australian boys are active through a sports club…...Read more

  • Celebration Grants

    7 September, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced funding is available for local cultural festivals and events that bring the community together. The NSW Government’s Celebration Grants program provides funding of up to $5000 to not-for-profit community organisations and local councils.…...Read more

  • Massive Train Boost For South Western Sydney

    1 September, 2017

    The Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP and Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP have provided South Western Sydney with a much-needed boost through increasing weekly train services by 92% at some stations. The announcement comes as a draft of the new train timetable was today handed…...Read more

  • Don't Forget Your Pets When Planning Ahead

    30 August, 2017

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson along with NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman SC MP, today announced that a pet emergency card to prevent furry, feathered and finned friends from being left home alone when their owner dies or is seriously ill or injured has been launched. Our pets share as…...Read more

  • Narellan Vale Roundabout to be Reconstructed

    29 August, 2017

    Member for Camden today announced that the roundabout at the intersection of Welling Drive, Waterworth Drive and Henrietta Drive in Narellan Vale would be reconstructed. The investment is part of the State Government’s Safer Roads Program, to carry out vital road safety upgrades throughout…...Read more

  • Camden Youth Encouraged To Apply For NSW Youth Council

    28 August, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson announced applications for the 2018 NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) are now open. The NSW YAC has a statutory role to advise the NSW Government on issues of importance to young people, as well as monitor and evaluate youth-related policies and legislation.…...Read more

  • Camden to benefit from improved Infrastructure Grants

    25 July, 2017

    Community organisations in Camden will have more opportunities to apply for funding of local projects as part of changes to the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said today. Mr Patterson said the changes will make it easier to apply for a wide range…...Read more

  • Have Your Say To Achieve Gender Equality

    12 July, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today urged people living in our community to identify the challenges faced by women and suggest solutions for these issues, in the ‘Have Your Say’ online survey. “There is still a gap between men and women’s financial status, workforce…...Read more

  • Road Safety Grants On Offer To Camden Community Groups

    6 June, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced local road safety in Camden could receive a welcome boost with applications to open shortly for the third round of the NSW Government’s Community Road Safety Grants program. “The Community Road Safety Grants program supports community…...Read more

  • Premier's Volunteer Recognition Program

    10 May, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is encouraging local residents to acknowledge the efforts of community members who give their time to help others, by nominating them for the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program. Nominations for the program were opened today at Parliament House by the…...Read more

  • New Round Of Funding To Boost Economic Opportunities For Women

    12 April, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today urged local organisations with innovative projects to enhance women and girls’ economic opportunities to apply for funding as part of the NSW Government’s 2017 Investing In Women grants program. Mr Patterson said the NSW Government’s…...Read more

  • $220 Million Western Sydney school projects ready to start

    22 January, 2018

    The NSW Government is ramping up work on 13 new and upgraded schools in Greater Western Sydney as its record $4.2 billion investment in building public schools shifts into top gear. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes made the announcement in Narellan on Monday, where the…...Read more

  • Camden Schools Maintenance

    15 December, 2017

    More than $2.5 million will be spent on 16 school maintenance projects in Camden, which are running over the summer holiday period. Projects at local schools will include repairing and replacing roofs, coating systems, new floor coverings and painting works. Member for Camden Chris Patterson…...Read more

  • Camden First Home Buyers Taking Up Stamp Duty Relief

    7 November, 2017

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP said first home buyers in Camden were snapping up stamp duty relief from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government. In Camden so far, approximately 578 homes have been purchased using the stamp duty exemptions or concessions since July. The package of…...Read more

  • Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program Open

    2 November, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is encouraging our local sports clubs to apply for co-funding for the NSW Government’s new Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program. “More than 2,500 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) will be rolled out across the state over the next four…...Read more

  • Liveable Communities Grants Open

    10 October, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is urging organisations, who help older people in our community to lead independent and healthy lives, to apply for funding from the NSW Government’s Liveable Communities Grants Program. Mr Patterson said Round Three is now open to applicants who are working…...Read more

  • Grants Available to Tackle Dumping

    10 October, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced that councils, public land managers and community groups can apply for a share of half a Million dollars in grants to help tackle illegal dumping. Mr Patterson said illegal dumping was a crime and it puts people’s health and the…...Read more

  • Family Fun Day at NSW Parliament These School Holidays

    12 September, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged the Camden community to attend the annual Parliament of New South Wales’ Family Fun Day during the upcoming school holidays on Friday 6 October. Mr Patterson said the Parliament’s Family Fun Day was a fantastic way for parents,…...Read more

  • Nominate a Carer in Camden

    3 August, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced nominations are open for the NSW Carers Awards. The NSW Carers Awards aims to recognise and raise awareness of the valuable contribution unpaid carers make to the people they care for and the wider community. “This is a great way to thank…...Read more

  • Retirement Village Reforms

    2 August, 2017

    Camden retirement village residents will benefit from a new package of reforms recently announced by the state government. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the package includes a four-point plan that will put consumers first and protect residents from potentially dodgy practices.…...Read more

  • Honour Exceptional Grandparents and Older People

    2 August, 2017

    Entries are now open for the 2017 NSW Grandparent of the Year Awards and the inaugural Grandparents Day Photography Competition. Member for Camden Chris Patterson is calling for people in our community to nominate stand-out grandparents or older people who go above and beyond for their families…...Read more

  • Camden Student and Teacher Win Anzac Scholarship

    19 May, 2017

    A Year 11 History student and a teacher from Camden High School will take the trip of a lifetime as one of the recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship (PAMS). Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott and Camden MP Chris Patterson today visited the school to…...Read more

  • Honouring Our Veterans this Remembrance Day

    10 November, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is encouraging the community to pay their respects to Australia’s servicemen and women and observe a minute’s silence this Friday, 11 November. “On Friday we mark the 98th anniversary of the end of the First World War, four years of conflict…...Read more

  • $30 000 Grant for Floodplain Management

    2 November, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has announced Liverpool City Council has received a $30,000 NSW Government Floodplain Management grant to help introduce measures to prepare the Liverpool Local Government Area for flooding. Chris said the grant was part of $4.59 million in grants to 43…...Read more

  • Responsible Gambling Week

    24 May, 2016

    Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2016 is on this week with a theme focused on taking the stigma out of problem gambling for those who seek help from family and friends. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said Responsible Gambling Awareness Week shines the spotlight on problem gambling and…...Read more

  • Micro Music Festival Could Come to Camden

    23 May, 2016

    Camden musicians and bands will play in Western Sydney’s streets, cafes, shops, parks and malls as a part of a new funding initiative to promote live music in the state’s fastest-growing region. Member for Camden said Local Councils are invited to submit proposals for family-friendly,…...Read more

  • $950,000 Funding Boost for 24/7 Domestic Violence Support Across Macarthur Region

    19 May, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson and Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell today announced that women and children experiencing domestic violence across Macarthur will have access to extra crisis accommodation and 24/7 support under a NSW Government funding package announced today. Mr Patterson said…...Read more

  • Free Legal Know How For Community Groups

    11 May, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson announced today that not for profit groups in our area will for the first time have access to free legal help. “There are wonderful organisations locally which help the vulnerable and other groups in our community and who contribute to making our community…...Read more

  • Domestic Violence Re-offenders in Police Sights

    25 February, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of the state-wide rollout of Suspect Target Management Plans (STMP) to target repeat domestic violence offenders. The rollout, which starts this week, follows promising results during the five-month trial in…...Read more