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  • Free Whooping Cough Vaccine saving bub's lives

    11 March, 2018

    The NSW Government-funded whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women has reduced the chance of infants with the illness being hospitalised by 94 per cent. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said a NSW Health study showed that the $6 million the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has spent so far to…...Read more

  • NSW vaccination rates reach record levels

    10 March, 2018

    New data shows vaccination rates in NSW have soared to their highest level ever with more than 93 per cent of children at five years of age now fully immunised. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the latest Annual Immunisation Coverage Report proves the NSW Government’s record investment in…...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

  • NSW Women of the Year nominations extended

    16 December, 2017

    The public now has more time to submit nominations for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards. Minister for Women Tanya Davies today announced the nomination deadline has been extended to Sunday, 7 January 2018, to allow people across the state ample time to recognise outstanding women in NSW.…...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

  • Barragal Landcare Group Receives Rehabilitation and Restoration Grant

    23 August, 2017

    Barragal Landcare Group will receive a $99, 060 NSW Government Grant to restore endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland on Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute Member for Camden Chris Patterson announced today. The funding grant is part of the NSW Government’s Restoration and…...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

  • 2017 Community Building Partnership Program Now Open

    26 June, 2017

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson encourages local councils and not-for-profit groups to apply for funding requests through the 2017 Community Building Partnership (CBP) program. CBP grants are available annually for community infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental…...Read more

  • Grants Available In Camden for Grandparents Day

    21 June, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged local organisations to celebrate the valuable contribution grandparents and older people make in the Camden community, by applying for funding available under the NSW Government’s Grandparents Day event grants program. This program will…...Read more

  • NSW Budget: $632 Million Upgrade for Campbelltown Hospital

    17 June, 2017

    The NSW Government will deliver a $632 million upgrade to Campbelltown Hospital in the upcoming Budget, including a boost to paediatric and mental health services. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies…...Read more

  • NSW BUDGET: $1 BILLION FOR WESTERN SYDNEY ROADS

    13 June, 2017

    More than $1 billion will be spent improving roads across Western Sydney as part of the NSW Government’s 2017-18 Budget. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the investment includes $153 million…...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

  • ANZAC Ambassadors Program Applications Open

    6 June, 2017

    Six young people from across NSW will take the trip of a lifetime to historic battlefields in Greece and Israel as part of the 2017 ClubsNSW Anzac Ambassadors Program. Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott launched the program today and called on high school students across the state to…...Read more

  • Camden Organisations Can Apply For Youth Opportunities Funding

    23 May, 2017

    Local member for Camden Chris Patterson today called on organisations to apply for a share in the $1.1 million Youth Opportunities funding available to support local youth. One-off grants of up to $50,000 are available for projects that engage young people to lead and participate in community…...Read more

  • Premier's ANZAC Memorial Scholarship

    19 May, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is encouraging students in our community to apply for the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is available to Year 10 and 11 students with a keen interest in history. Mr Patterson said he hopes schools will take up the opportunity to…...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

  • Narellan to Leppington Bus Services

    20 April, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced more than 100 extra weekly bus services between Narellan and Leppington in response to increased demand. The new services, which will begin on 30 April, will be delivered under the NSW Government’s Growth Services Program, which delivers more…...Read more

  • School Zone Extension For Oran Park Anglican College

    13 April, 2017

    Student safety will be improved at Oran Park Anglican College next month when the school zone is extended on Redman Grange and South Circuit. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP said ‘Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) approved the school zone to protect students using the school’s…...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

  • Stay Safe this Easter

    6 April, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is urging motorists to make every journey a safe one this Easter in a bid to drive the road toll down Towards Zero on our roads. Of the total 384 lives lost on NSW roads last year, 109 were from the Sydney region. This was down on 2015 where we saw 110 people…...Read more

  • Mental Health Innovation Fund Round 2 Open for Organisations in Camden

    28 March, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has today urged local organisations with innovative ideas to apply for a share in the $1.5 million Mental Health Innovation Fund. Mr Patterson said the NSW Government’s Mental Health Innovation Fund is a way to find new, local initiatives that…...Read more

  • Every Day is Open Day

    24 February, 2017

    Mount Annan’s Australian PlantBank will be opening its doors on weekends for the first time in Autumn to give everyone the chance to enjoy the world-class scientific research centre, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson announced today. The Australian PlantBank, which opened in 2013 as a seed…...Read more

  • Metropolitan Greenspace Program

    18 January, 2017

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has welcomed NSW Government funding for new and improved open greenspace areas. Local councils can now apply for the Metropolitan Greenspace Program’s 2016-17 funding round for a share of $4 million in grants to create better greenspace areas and outdoor…...Read more

  • Backyard Pool Safety Campaign

    16 December, 2016

    The NSW Government has increased its support for a summer advertising blitz about backyard pool safety, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said today. “Active adult supervision of young children is the first line of defence against drowning in backyard pools,” Chris said.…...Read more

  • Community Building Partnership Program Funding Announced

    8 December, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced that Camden has secured grant funding of $200,000 for a total of fourteen projects as part of the NSW Government’s 2016 Community Building Partnership (CBP) program. The NSW Government has committed funds to new community infrastructure…...Read more

  • "It's In The Bag" Christmas Campaign

    1 December, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today thanked all the people who had given to the “It’s in the bag” Christmas Campaign so far and encouraged those who wanted to, but hadn’t already done so, to bring their donations to the Camden electorate office. Share The Dignity is a…...Read more

  • Get Your Free 2017 Seniors Diary

    30 November, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged local seniors to pick up a free copy of the 2017 Legal Aid Diary that is a free resource to give seniors access to the right information, services and support when and where they need it by contacting his electorate office. “Each year,…...Read more

  • Plain English ADVO's

    29 November, 2016

    The Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has welcomed the announcement that new Plain English Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO) will roll out statewide on 3 December so perpetrators have no excuses for not understanding the orders. “These new ADVOs use clear and simple language so…...Read more

  • Congratulations to Schools Spectacular Students

    28 November, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today congratulated local performers who participated in this year’s Schools Spectacular on being part of the biggest-ever show in the entertainment icon’s 33-year history. Chris said performers from the electorate of Camden were joined by more than…...Read more

  • Camden Community Encouraged to Support White Ribbon Day

    22 November, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged our community to support White Ribbon Day on 25 November 2016. Mr Patterson called on men in the community to take the oath on White Ribbon Day to make a stand to prevent violence against women. “White Ribbon challenges men to stand up,…...Read more

  • Camden/Wollondilly Domestic Violence Committee Receive Grant

    22 November, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today welcomed a NSW Government grant of $1000 to the Camden/Wollondilly Domestic Violence Committee, as part of the 2016 Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants which supports projects that raise awareness about domestic and family violence. Chris…...Read more

  • Over a Thousand New Ways For Seniors to Save

    17 November, 2016

    Seniors in Camden are the big winners as the Seniors Card program welcomes over 1,300 new businesses that have joined as part of a new business recruitment campaign. The NSW Government is aiming to deliver more value for older people by increasing the number and geographic spread of businesses…...Read more

  • Applications for Water Safety Grants Open

    8 November, 2016

    Community grants are now being offered for projects to reduce drowning and improve water safety in NSW. The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program provides $4.5 million over three years to not-for-profit and community groups with experience delivering water safety initiatives.…...Read more

  • Real Estate Reforms to Better Protect Consumer

    7 November, 2016

    Chris Patterson, Member for Camden welcomed the release of the NSW Government’s Real Estate and Property Services Industry Reform Paper that aims to strengthen industry standards and better protect consumers. The paper outlines the Government’s vision for the state’s $15 billion…...Read more

  • Calling All Graffiti Busters

    21 October, 2016

    Chris Patterson, Member for Camden is asking everyone to roll up their sleeves for a day by volunteering for Australia’s largest graffiti clean-up operation. Chris said ‘Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday October 30 2016 is a way for vandals’ tags to be wiped out.…...Read more

  • Boost In Quality Teaching For Camden Schools

    28 September, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson said that local schools and students would benefit from the NSW Government’s new Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020. Mr Patterson said the $340 million investment in quality teaching by the NSW Government will help to ensure students have the…...Read more

  • New & Extended School Zones Installed To Improve Safety At Oran Park Schools

    28 September, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced the 40km/h school zone on Oran Park Drive will be extended by 190 metres and new school zones installed on Catherine Park and Hollows drives to improve safety for road users and pedestrians. Mr Patterson said the changes are to improve safety for…...Read more

  • Calling For New Members For The NSW Carers Advisory Council

    15 September, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged local Camden carers to apply for a position on the NSW Carers Advisory Council. The NSW Carers Advisory Council advances the interests of carers and provides advice to the NSW Government. The Council meets a minimum of three times a year in…...Read more

  • Investing In Our Veterans Legacy

    15 September, 2016

    Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott and Chris Patterson Member for Camden, today announced that funding is now available to protect and repair local war memorials and fund educational and commemorative programs which preserve the Anzac legacy. Applications are now open for the Community…...Read more

  • Grants Aavailable For Local Sport & Recreation Projects

    24 August, 2016

    Community groups, sports clubs and councils in Camden are encouraged to apply for up to a million dollars to help them deliver an important sports infrastructure project for their communities. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson is inviting local community groups, sports clubs and councils to…...Read more

  • Fee Free Training- Changing Lives

    24 August, 2016

    With National Skills Week (29 Aug-4 Sept) putting the spotlight on the benefits of vocational training, the NSW Government is asking Camden residents who may be dealing with difficult life circumstances to consider fee free training as a pathway to more positive life and career outcomes. Member…...Read more

  • More Funding To Improve Camden Community

    24 August, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced that applications are now open for funding to help make our community more accessible and liveable. The Liveable Communities Grants Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to innovative projects that help older people stay healthy, stay…...Read more

  • Local Football Clubs To Benefit From Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund

    22 August, 2016

    NSW Minister for Sport, the Hon Stuart Ayres MP and Member for Camden Chris Patterson, today encouraged local football clubs to apply for funding through the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund when it opens next month. “Local football clubs across the state are set to benefit from the…...Read more

  • Youth Advisory Council

    18 August, 2016

    Chris Patterson Member for Camden has encouraged young people from Camden to consider applying for a position on the 2017 NSW Youth Advisory Council and get involved in Government decision making. Council members are sought to represent the diversity of young people living in NSW in terms of…...Read more

  • Pedestrian Activated Lights Now Operational On Argyle Street, Camden

    16 August, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson is pleased to announce the completion of the upgrade of Argyle Street Camden. The completion of the final stage which included the installation of new pedestrian lights near Hill St, were switched on giving pedestrians a safer crossing. Camden Council received…...Read more

  • Domestic Violence Victims On A Safer Pathway

    5 August, 2016

    People experiencing domestic violence in the Camden Local Area Command will receive tailored, multi-agency support with the roll out of Safer Pathway from March 2017 Member for Cadmen, Chris Patterson announced today. Chris said Safer Pathway aims to ensure every domestic violence victim across…...Read more

  • Reach Out During Missing Persons Week

    26 July, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is encouraging the community to stay connected to loved ones as part of this year’s Missing Persons Week. National Missing Persons Week 2016 runs from 31 July – 6 August and aims to reduce the incidence and impact of missing persons in Australia. Mr…...Read more

  • Celebrating Our Local Councils

    26 July, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is encouraging people throughout the Camden electorate to participate in a range of community events being held as part of Local Government Week from August 1 – 7. Mr Patterson said this years’ theme, ‘Our Council, Our Community’…...Read more

  • Camden Public Schools Capital Works Funding

    19 July, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson said local public schools will benefit from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s record investment in school infrastructure announced in last month’s State Budget. Mr Patterson welcomed the expenditure, which will improve the learning…...Read more

  • Suppporting Camden Musicians to Take the World Stage

    19 July, 2016

    Camden musicians wanting to promote and showcase their talents to overseas producers or develop contacts that could open the door to an international music career are invited to apply for NSW Government funding. Member for Camden Chris Patterson said the Opportunity Development Grants Program can…...Read more

  • Nominate A Hidden Treasure From Camden

    19 July, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is encouraging the Camden community to nominate rural women volunteers to be honoured on the 2016 NSW Hidden Treasures Honour Roll. “Rural women play an important role in Camden demonstrating a passion and commitment that makes a difference to the lives of…...Read more

  • Camden JP Honoured for 50 Years of Service

    29 June, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson last week recognised one of the state’s longest serving Justices of the Peace, Keith Smith, with a commendation for 50 years of service. Mr Smith was presented with his commendation by the Attorney General, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP at a celebratory event…...Read more

  • Grandparents Day Grants Open

    29 June, 2016

    Chris Patterson Member For Camden today encouraged local organisations to celebrate the valuable contribution grandparents make in our community, by applying for $100,000 in funding available under the NSW Grandparents Day Community event grants program. The NSW Government has allocated $100,000…...Read more

  • Aboriginal Student of the Year

    29 June, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced that the inaugural 2016 Aboriginal Student of the Year for Camden is Anikka Pike from Elderslie High School. The Aboriginal Student of the Year is a new annual award recognising young people who demonstrate leadership within their school and local…...Read more

  • Time To Get Out Into The Plein Air!

    23 June, 2016

    Professional and emerging artists with a penchant for painting ‘en plein air’ will have the chance to win $20,000 with the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, which is now open for entries. The coveted Prize includes a public exhibition of finalists’ works at Parliament House…...Read more

  • New Infrastructure Funding Available through Community Building Partnership Program

    9 June, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has announced that applications for funding through the 2016 Community Building Partnership program will be open form next week. The NSW Government is again committing funds to new infrastructure-based projects that meet a need in the local community.…...Read more

  • A huge Thank you to our SES

    6 June, 2016

    On behalf of the local Community I would like to thank the SES teams throughout the Macarthur Region including Camden, Campbelltown and Picton for their assistance during the extraordinay rain event of the past three days.” Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP said. “Our NSW SES…...Read more

  • Help for Communities to Manage Flying Foxes

    30 May, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has announced help is at hand for communities managing flying fox colonies that are causing problems, with the State Government making a pool of $1 million open to Councils to apply for mitigation works. “Many communities across the state are…...Read more

  • NSW Gas Rebate Extended to LPG Customers

    30 May, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has welcomed an announcement by the NSW Government that the State’s $90 Gas Rebate will now include household Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Chris said the extension of the Gas Rebate will help thousands of families across the state, particularly in…...Read more

  • More Support for Victims of Crime Doing it Tough

    30 May, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today said victims of crime with money problems in Camden will now receive free financial counselling. Chris said the free, independent and confidential support will be available to victims of crime across NSW, thanks to a new partnership between the NSW…...Read more

  • Grants to Celebrate National Carers Week Now Open

    30 May, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is encouraging local carer support groups and other organisations to apply for a grant of up to $250 to run events and activities for carers during National Carers Week. There are over 850,000 unpaid carers in NSW, including over 100,000 carers who are under…...Read more

  • Applications Now Open for War Memorial Grants

    30 May, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP announced applications are now open for grants up to $60,000 to preserve important pieces of local military history and put them back on display. Chris said the $1 million funding package is available to upgrade or install war memorial plaques and refurbish…...Read more

  • Local Rural Fire Service Receives Funding for New Technology

    27 May, 2016

    Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon David Elliott MP has paid a visit to NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) volunteers in the Macarthur Region, as local brigades are provided with funding for brand new, state of the art technology. Narellan Rural Fire Brigade is set to receive a touch…...Read more

  • NDIS Arrives in Camden in One Month

    26 May, 2016

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which be implemented in just over a month in Camden, will change lives for people living with a disability forever. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said “From 1 July 2016, people with disability and their families in Camden will be able to…...Read more

  • NDIS Extra Funding

    24 May, 2016

    The NSW Government has announced it is investing an additional $3 million to help people with disability and their families get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NSW Consumer Development Fund, My Choice Matters, was created in 2012 and is administered by the NSW…...Read more

  • School Kids Walk the Walk of Safety

    20 May, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is encouraging parents and carers to walk to school with their primary-aged kids for Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 20 May 2016. Chris said the national event, an initiative of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, is a good opportunity for schools and…...Read more

  • Law Week 2016 Brings Law and Justice to Camden

    16 May, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today welcomed the start of National Law Week which is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about how the law impacts on their life. "The law has an impact on us every day and this week people will have even more opportunities to learn more about it and…...Read more

  • Container Deposit Scheme to Combat Litter in Macarthur

    13 May, 2016

    The NSW Government will introduce a refund container deposit scheme that will help drive down litter across Macarthur. Member for Camden Chris Patterson said residents would be able to return their drink containers for a 10 cent refund, as part of the government’s container deposit scheme to…...Read more

  • More Funding to Celebrate our Multicultural Camden Community

    13 May, 2016

    Chris Patterson MP, Member for Camden today announced funding is available for events that help bring communities together and celebrate our cultural diversity. The 2015/16 Multicultural NSW Celebration Grants provide funding of up to $5,000 for festivals and events that bring communities…...Read more

  • More Protection for Domestic Violence Victims in Camden

    11 May, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP welcomed changes to the Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) Scheme introduced into Parliament this week to better protect victims in Camden. Chris said he is proud the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government treats domestic violence like the crime it is…...Read more

  • Funding Boost for Local Sporting Facilities

    6 May, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has today announced $50,000 in NSW Government funding for local sporting facilities as part of the 2015/16 Local Sport Grant Program. Funding has been provided to various sporting groups to assist in providing better services to their members. “The main…...Read more

  • Go Fishing Day Grants Now Available for Camden

    4 May, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is urging recreational fishing clubs across the region to apply for grants to help run fishing activities in Camden on the second annual Go Fishing day, to be held on October 16 2016. “There are currently around 850,000 people who love wetting a line each…...Read more

  • Grants to Help Preserve Camden's Military History

    27 April, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is urging the community to apply for individual grants up to $60,000 to preserve important pieces of local military history and put them back on display. Mr Patterson said the $1 million funding package is available to upgrade or install war memorial plaques and…...Read more

  • Camden RSL Youth Club Funding Boost

    21 April, 2016

    Young boxers in Camden have been given funding assistance for new gear after successful representations from the Member for Camden Chris Patterson, breathing new life into a local institution. Minister responsible for Youth Affairs and Volunteering, John Ajaka MLC said Camden MP Chris Patterson…...Read more

  • Bus Route 896 Expanded between Oran Park & Campbelltown

    20 April, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced an extension to the 896 bus route between Campbelltown and Oran Park from 26 April to better meet the needs of customers in the Camden area. The 896 bus will now travel down South Circuit between Peter Brock Drive and Oran Park Road, and then…...Read more

  • Heart Week May 1

    20 April, 2016

    Heart Week will commence on May 1 and raises awareness of heart disease and helps improve the heart health of Australians. With heart conditions contributing to one Australian death every 12 minutes, Member for Camden Chris Patterson is reminding Camden locals of this year’s Heart Health…...Read more

  • Local Heritage Grants

    20 April, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is encouraging local heritage item owners and managers to apply for a NSW Government local Heritage Activation Grant to rejuvenate local heritage places. Mr Patterson said $2.67 million of funding would be available each financial year for three years to owners…...Read more

  • Camden Remembers our War Veterans

    14 April, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged the local community to reflect on the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel from all wars and conflicts this ANZAC Day. A number of commemorative events will be held in NSW this year, as we continue to commemorate the…...Read more

  • Walking & Cycling Funding for Camden

    14 April, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced a major boost to walking and cycling connections in the Camden area thanks to a $39 million state-wide investment by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government. More than 300 walking and cycling projects across the state are being funded to…...Read more

  • $30,000 NSW Government Fellowship on offer for emerging Camden Visual Artists

    30 March, 2016

    Visual artists at the start of their careers are being urged to apply for the NSW Government’s 2016 Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship that will provide $30,000 for a program of professional development. Member for Camden Chris Patterson encouraged local visual artists to apply for the…...Read more

  • Celebrating Camden's Diversity

    16 March, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged everyone in the Camden community to come together and celebrate our rich cultural diversity this Harmony Day. Since 1999, Harmony Day has been a nationwide celebration of the nation’s cultural diversity and is held on 21 March. Mr…...Read more

  • Councils Encouraged to Apply for Responsible Pet Ownership Grants

    9 March, 2016

    Subsidised de-sexing for pets, discounted micro-chipping and education for children about dogs are all programs set to benefit local communities from the NSW Government’s Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program. Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged Camden, Campbelltown and…...Read more

  • Camden 2016 Local Woman of the Year

    9 March, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has announced Adriana Care as Camden’s 2016 Local Woman of the Year. Mr Patterson said it is an honour to name Ms Care as Camden’s Local Woman of the Year. “Ms Care is an impressive woman who has built a successful law firm in the Camden…...Read more

  • New Bus Services for Camden residents

    3 March, 2016

    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has announced another win for South West Sydney customers with a brand new bus route being introduced from Monday 7 March to service Camden and Macquarie Fields customers. Mr Constance said the new route, known as route 841, will be an…...Read more

  • Work Starts on Macarthur Bridge Upgrade on Camden Bypass

    1 March, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced a million dollar upgrade of the Macarthur Bridge on the Camden Bypass at Camden will start this month. “The NSW Government has provided $1.2 million for a major repair and rehabilitation of the 1.12 kilometre bridge across the Nepean River…...Read more

  • NSW Government Funds Arts and Cultural Project in Macarthur

    29 February, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is pleased to announce Campbelltown City Council has been awarded $40,000 to enable a dance workshop to be held at the Campbelltown Arts Centre. The workshop will be led by Ahilan Ratnamohan and Eko Suprinyanto. Ahilan Ratnamohan is the inspirational…...Read more

  • Third NSW Medical Cannabis Trial Announced

    29 February, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of the third medicinal cannabis clinical trial, which will involve patients suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. The research team, led by Associate Professor Peter Grimison from the Chris…...Read more

  • Macarthur Lions Receives Funding for Anzac Run

    25 February, 2016

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson presented Macarthur Lions with a cheque for $3000 to assist with the running of the 2016 Anzac Run to be held on May 1 2016. ‘I was pleased to be able to secure the one-off NSW Government grant to help with this very popular event’ Chris said. The…...Read more

  • Report Illegal Dumping in Camden at the Click of a Button

    23 February, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson says residents can now use their smart phones to report any illegal dumping activity – anytime, anywhere – using the NSW government’s illegal dumping reporting portal. Mr Patterson said people could report the type of waste, and its GPS location…...Read more

  • New Business Hubs for Western Sydney

    9 February, 2016

    Planning Minister Rob Stokes and Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced a new business hub will be built in West Hoxton, which will create around 200 full-time jobs during construction and house 670 jobs once completed. Work has also begun at Wetherill Park on Australia’s first…...Read more

  • Recreational Fishers in Macarthur to Reel in Funding

    9 February, 2016

    Chris Patterson MP is urging anglers and fishing organisations in Macarthur to apply for a share in more than $15 million funding as part of the 2016 NSW Recreational Fishing Trust projects. “Applications are now open for innovative projects to improve recreational fishing in in our…...Read more

  • Grants to Clean-up & Prevent Illegal Dumping in Camden

    9 February, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is encouraging councils, land managers and community groups to help stop illegal dumpers in their tracks by applying for funding in the NSW Government’s third round of the Combatting Illegal Dumping Clean-Up and Prevention Grants. Mr Patterson said $686,000…...Read more

  • Take the 7-day Cooking Pledge

    9 February, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is calling on the residents of Camden to unleash their inner master-chef during Healthy Weight Week 2016 (15 to 21 February). The 2016 theme for Healthy Weight Week is ‘Get inspired to achieve a healthier weight and lifestyle’, encouraging people to…...Read more

  • Welcome to new Interns at Campbelltown Hospital

    27 January, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today welcomed medical graduates who are commencing their one-year internship at Campbelltown Hospital. Mr Patterson visited the hospital to meet the medical graduates on their third day of orientation. There are 983 medical intern places in NSW in 2016, which…...Read more

  • Supporting vulnerable families in Camden

    13 January, 2016

    Local services for children, young people, families and communities in Camden will continue to support families and communities to overcome complex challenges, Member for Camden Chris Patterson announced today. Six support services in Camden will receive an extension of $798,139 in funding until…...Read more

  • Camden Valley Way Upgrade Opens A Year Ahead Of Schedule And Under Budget

    22 December, 2015

    The upgrade of Camden Valley Way has opened to traffic a year ahead of schedule and $28 million under budget – bringing faster travel times and less congestion to motorists in Sydney’s growing south west. NSW Premier Mike Baird, Minister for Roads Duncan Gay and Member for Camden…...Read more

  • Direct journeys to the City and Peak Services Double on the South West Rail Link

    14 December, 2015

    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has today announced the integration of the South West Rail Link with the Sydney Trains network, meaning there’ll be direct journeys to the city and twice as many services in the peak. Customers can now catch a train every 15…...Read more

  • Lights now flashing in Camden

    10 December, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced a huge boost in protecting children on roads around Camden with every school in the local area now having a set of flashing lights. “Children are some of our most vulnerable road users and we know that flashing lights slow motorists down…...Read more

  • Work Commences on Two key Road Projects in Western Sydney

    8 December, 2015

    The Australian and New South Wales governments’ commitment to revitalise the Western Sydney economy has continued with works commencing on The Northern Road Stage One and Narellan Road Stage Two projects today. Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said it was essential that investments…...Read more

  • Macarthur Receives Share of $1.6 Million in fudning for RFS Bushfire Protection

    4 December, 2015

    New bushfire protection infrastructure and equipment will be delivered as part of Macarthur’s share of $1,691, 573 in bushfire protection for the community. The local investment is part of a wider $314.6 million allocated to the Rural Firefighting Fund in the NSW Government’s 2015/16…...Read more

  • New ADVO's To Help Reduce Domestic Violence in Camden

    2 December, 2015

    For the first time in NSW, Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) will be written in plain English so defendants have no excuses for not understanding the orders. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has announced the introduction of plain English ADVOs as part of the NSW Government’s…...Read more

  • Better Rental Bond Service for Agents and Tenants Across Camden

    2 December, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson announced greater protection for tenants through an innovative new online rental bond management service launched by NSW Fair Trading. The new system, called Rental Bonds Online, will save agents and private landlords time managing bonds and help tenants…...Read more

  • Local Member Gives a Toss About Salad

    30 November, 2015

    Western Sydney is benefiting from a $30 million investment into a new state-of-the-art fresh food processing facility, creating new jobs and boosting the local economy. Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro joined the Member for Camden, Chris Patterson on a…...Read more

  • Designs Released: The Northern Road and Bringelly Road

    26 November, 2015

    The concept designs and Review of Environmental Factors for The Northern Road and Bringelly Road interchange upgrade have now been released for public consultation. Federal Member for Macarthur Russell Matheson said it was another key milestone in the Australian and NSW governments commitment to…...Read more

  • Local Sport Grant Program Opens

    26 November, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged local sporting clubs to apply for the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program with applications opening today, to get more locals involved in sport and recreation activities. Mr Patterson said the Program aims to increase regular and…...Read more

  • Domestic Violence Toolkit for Teachers

    25 November, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson said teachers and students will be given the means to recognise and act on domestic violence with a new ‘toolkit’ for the mandatory Year 7 to 10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus from Term 1 in 2016. Mr Patterson…...Read more

  • Help Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence

    25 November, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has marked White Ribbon Day, 25 November 2015, by calling on the community to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men's violence against women. Mr Patterson said White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement empowering men to speak out…...Read more

  • Camden Stars in Schools Spectacular

    24 November, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today congratulated local students who will showcase their talents in this year’s Schools Spectacular in the Qantas Credit Union Arena. Mr Patterson said students from Camden schools will be performing over four performances on Friday and Saturday 27 and 28…...Read more

  • A Win for the Camden Community as Planning continues for the South West Rail Link Extension

    23 November, 2015

    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Member for Camden Chris Patterson have announced that any future extension of the South West Rail Link would be run underground at Oran Park and Harrington Park minimising the impact on new homes. Mr Constance said with the new…...Read more

  • Two new schools for Camden students

    19 November, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has welcomed the announcement of two new schools for local students. The NSW Government has announced plans to build a new 1,000 student primary school in Gledswood Hills and a new 2,000 student high school in Oran Park. “This is fantastic news for…...Read more

  • Nominate for 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards

    12 November, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today said the search has begun for outstanding Camden women to be recognised, with the nominations for the fifth annual NSW Women of the Year Awards now open. Mr Patterson said he is calling on our community to nominate impressive women from all walks of life who…...Read more

  • 2015 Premier's Spelling Bee

    11 November, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has congratulated the 86 finalists in the 2015 Premier’s Spelling Bee who went word for word to decide the state’s top spellers yesterday. The finalists finished ahead of a record 134,000 students from 939 public schools who competed in this…...Read more

  • Reduced Pet Registration Fees Delivered

    10 November, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that the election commitment to encourage the re-homing of cats and dogs from council pounds and shelters has been delivered. From this week, any de-sexed cat or dog purchased from a council pound or…...Read more

  • Local Domestic Violence Grants Announced for Camden

    10 November, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson announced the names of successful local applicants for the 2015 Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants. The annual Grants assist local non-government organisations and government service providers to fund activities such as community-based…...Read more

  • $50,000 Rebate Open to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to Increase Recycling

    9 November, 2015

    The NSW Government has marked National Recycling Week, by doubling a recycling rebate program for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to purchase small-scale recycling equipment. National Recycling Week, which kicks off today, started 20 years ago to promote recycling and to educate people…...Read more

  • New Neighbourhood for Leppington

    4 November, 2015

    NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR LEPPINGTON A new neighbourhood with more than 13 hectares of open space, two new schools, a community centre, walking trails and cycleways are the key features of what will be south-west Sydney’s latest transformation. Planning Minister Rob Stokes today released…...Read more

  • Final Contract Awarded for Narellan Road Upgrade

    30 October, 2015

    WESTERN Sydney is continuing to benefit from the Australian and NSW governments’ investment in local infrastructure with the contract for Stage Two of the Narellan Road upgrade announced today. Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to build the final stage (80…...Read more

  • Camden School Students to Tap onto OPAL Next Year

    29 October, 2015

    School students across Camden will be provided with an Opal card at the start of the 2016 school year so they can travel for free between home and school with ease. Chris said today that parents and students will be able to apply for a School Opal card and get information about the card from next…...Read more

  • Chris Calls on Young People to Apply for Premier's ANZAC Ambassadors Program

    29 October, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson is calling on young people in Camden to enter this year’s Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program for an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of heroes. The program, which is sponsored by ClubsNSW, is open to all young people aged between 16 and 17…...Read more

  • NSW Invests an Additional $113M more in Students who need it most

    29 October, 2015

    Camden public schools will benefit from a share of the record $113 million in additional funding announced by the NSW Government to support public school students who need it most. Member for Camden Chris Patterson said the needs-based funding, which has been implemented as part of the NSW…...Read more

  • Strata Reforms Pass NSW Parliament

    29 October, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson announced that new strata laws have been passed by the NSW Parliament and will provide owners and tenants with greater flexibility in everyday living, The Strata Scheme Management Bill and Strata Scheme Development Bill contain almost 90 changes to the existing…...Read more

  • Opportunity to see New Years Eve Fireworks at Circular Quay

    29 October, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today encouraged residents to enter the Roads and Maritime Services New Year’s Eve competition and try their luck winning tickets to celebrate the start of 2016 from one of Sydney’s best vantage points above Circular Quay. “This is a hugely…...Read more

  • New Laws to Stop Crack Down on Criminals and Safeguard Social Housing Tenants

    29 October, 2015

    Criminal activity in social housing communities will no longer be tolerated with new laws cracking down on anti-social and illegal behaviour amongst tenants passing NSW Parliament this week. Chris Patterson Member for Cmaden said the Residential Tenancies and Housing egislation Amendment (Public…...Read more

  • Opportunity to see New Years Eve Fireworks at Circular Quay

    28 October, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today encouraged residents to enter the Roads and Maritime Services New Year’s Eve competition and try their luck winning tickets to celebrate the start of 2016 from one of Sydney’s best vantage points above Circular Quay. “This is a hugely…...Read more

  • Congratulations To Local Carers

    14 October, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson this week joined with Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka to congratulate local residents Barrie Swift of Narellan and Doreen Napier of Camden who both received nominations in the 2015 NSW Carer of the Year Awards. The NSW Carers Awards are…...Read more

  • New Resource to Get Men Off The Couch

    1 October, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today urged men to get active, following the launch of the NSW Government’s Real Men Move initiative, a three-year program aimed at getting men over 40 off the couch. Announced by Minister for Ageing John Ajaka on International Day of Older Persons, Real Men…...Read more

  • Waminda Oval to Receive Upgrade

    1 October, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has today announced that the Western Suburbs District Junior Rugby League Club will receive a $69000 grant to install an automatic irrigation system at Waminda Oval through the Footy Facilities Fund. The Footy Facilities Fund is a joint initiative between the NRL…...Read more

  • Drive Safely These Holidays

    17 September, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today urged motorists to drive safely these school holidays and October long weekend. Mr Patterson is urging motorists to stop, revive and survive at Driver Reviver sites and make use of the facilities provided. “To avoid tragedy motorists should allow…...Read more

  • Elderslie High School Student Recognised in Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Public Education

    16 September, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has congratulated local recipient of the 2015 Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards, Alexander O’Flynn, which cover a range of categories for outstanding contributions to public education. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in NSW…...Read more

  • Funding Boost for Council Pet Programs

    8 September, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today announced Camden Council will receive $14,000 to promote responsible pet ownership in the local community. Mr Patterson said the grant will enable the local council to offer ratepayers subsidised desexing and micro chipping of pet cats. “I…...Read more

  • More Ice Dealers Face Life Under Tough New Laws

    4 September, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has today welcomed the announcement by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government that ice manufacturers and dealers will now face the increased prospect of life behind bars. From Tuesday 1 September 2015, the threshold required to charge people with…...Read more

  • Rail Safety Schools Competition

    3 September, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced budding young poets and authors at schools in the Macarthur area have the chance to win a tour behind the scenes of the rail network, including Central Station's mysterious 'ghost platforms'. A new competition challenges students aged…...Read more

  • Public Consultation Open on Management of Invasive Species

    2 September, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has welcomed an announcement by Minister Niall Blair that new plans for the management of invasive pest are open for public consultation and has called on landholders in Camden to submit their feedback on the plans. Chris said “I encourage communities and…...Read more

  • Greater Transparency in Local Rezoning Decisions

    2 September, 2015

    The NSW Government is making local planning simpler, faster and clearer with a rezoning review that will replace the old Pre-Gateway review process. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today welcomed the exhibition of the rezoning review which was introduced to increase transparency and provide…...Read more

  • Graffiti Removal Day

    31 August, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson joined Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant and Attorney General Gabrielle Upton in launching Graffiti Removal Day, which will be held on Sunday, 18 October 2015. Chris said the community is fed up with graffiti tags staining our homes,…...Read more

  • Your Chance to Celebrate Grandparents Day

    31 August, 2015

    As NSW Grandparents Day approaches, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson is encouraging community groups to celebrate grandparents in their community by applying for Grandparents Day grant. NSW Grandparents Day will be held on 25 October 2015 and this year communities across NSW can apply for a…...Read more

  • Schools in Camden are Invited to Apply for Before and After School Care Funding

    28 August, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said applications are now open for schools across the Camden region to access funding to establish new out of school hour care (OSHC) services. Delivering on a 2015 NSW Government election commitment, Chris said the $20 million Before and After School Care Fund…...Read more

  • Call for Submissions on Volunteering Strategy

    25 August, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka of the development of the second NSW Volunteering Strategy and invited members of our community to share their views on the future of volunteering in NSW. Mr Ajaka said that a state-wide…...Read more

  • School-Level NAPLAN Improvements Welcomed

    21 August, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has welcomed school-level improvements shown by NAPLAN data, as parents across NSW receive their child’s results. Chris said many schools across the state have returned improved student results and NSW has the highest NAPLAN participation rate…...Read more

  • New Workers Compensation Laws

    19 August, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson yesterday welcomed the passage through Parliament of the Workers Compensation Amendment Bill 2015 and the State Insurance and Care Governance Bill 2015. “Yesterday was a win for injured workers and businesses in Electorate and across…...Read more

  • Helping Kids Understand the Law

    19 August, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson MP has today welcomed the launch of a re-vamped website that helps children and young people to navigate complicated legal issues. Issues such as parental break ups, family violence, criminal issues and property settlements are all issues that can affect children…...Read more

  • Have Your Say on Intersection Changes on Catherine Field Road

    31 July, 2015

    Community members are invited to have a say on improvements for the proposed intersection upgrade at Camden Valley Way and Catherine Field Road at Catherine Field. Feedback is invited on new proposed speed humps and improved street lighting near the intersection of Centenary Place planned as part…...Read more

  • Education Week 2015: Celebrating Local Heros

    27 July, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has encouraged parents and students to take part in Education Week, which runs from 27-31 July. “The theme for this year’s Education Week is ‘Celebrating Local Heroes’, which acknowledges the important role parents, carers,…...Read more

  • Better Outcomes for Young People

    24 July, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today called on local organisations to apply for funding under the next round of the Youth Opportunities Program. The NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities Program provides grants to organisations to deliver youth-led and youth-driven community projects…...Read more

  • Grants Available for Local Footy Clubs

    13 July, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson announced the NSW Footy Facilities Fund is now open for applications until 12th August 2015. The program is a joint initiative of the National Rugby League and the NSW Government, and offers funding for projects throughout NSW. “This program is an…...Read more

  • New Opal Top Up Machines Go Live

    13 July, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today announced Opal top up machines would be operating at Campbelltown train station from July 13 2015 and Glenfield and Ingleburn Stations from August 3 2015 providing more choice and more convenience for customers. The roll out of Opal top up machines is now…...Read more

  • NSW Gas Plan - Three more PEL Buy-Backs

    13 July, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today announced that the NSW Government has successfully bought-back and cancelled Petroleum Exploration Licences (PELs) 2, 4 and 267 following buy-backs from AGL under the NSW Gas Plan. *PEL 2 covered 668,102 hectares stretching from south of Fitzroy Falls,…...Read more

  • Great news for Camden Families: Sydney Water Bills to be Reduced

    13 July, 2015

    Chris Patterson, Member for Camden has welcomed Sydney Water’s proposal that would see households in Camden save $100 on their water bills each year from 2016-2020. “I am pleased to see government agencies in NSW becoming more efficient and being able to pass on those savings to…...Read more

  • Budget Delivers New Narellan School

    24 June, 2015

    Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced a new Narellan school to cater for students with a disability in the region. The new school will occupy the site of the former Hope Christian School in Richardson Road and will accommodate up to 100…...Read more

  • Increased Support for Students in Non-Government Schools

    22 June, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson is welcoming the announcement of an additional $50 million under the Building Grants Assistance Scheme to fund new classrooms and facilities in non-government schools. The additional funding over the next four years will be allocated in the upcoming NSW Budget…...Read more

  • New Apartment Guildelines Released for the Fast Growing Housing Type

    22 June, 2015

    Planning Minister Rob Stokes today released updated policy and guidelines for apartment design with a focus on creating liveable homes for communities across NSW. Chris Patterson, Member for Camden said the new guidelines will help ensure good design and comfortable living, helping to make NSW…...Read more

  • Disability Industry Innovation Awards Open

    17 June, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced that nominations are open for the 2015 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards. The Awards which are now in their fourth year are an opportunity to recognise and thank the hard work of individuals and organisations that are making a difference to…...Read more

  • Tenders open for Narellan Road Upgrade

    17 June, 2015

    TENDERS are now open for Stage Two of the $114 million upgrade of Narellan Road in Western Sydney. Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs said the upgrade plays a key role in the Australian and New South Wales governments plans to transform this vital part of Sydney. “Western…...Read more

  • $20,000 Grants for Before and After School Care in Macarthur

    17 June, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced that schools without an Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) facility will be able to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to establish a service. Mr Patterson said schools in Macarthur will be able to apply for the grants from August. “The grants…...Read more

  • Local Muscicians Invited to Apply For $30,000 Fellowship

    5 June, 2015

    Emerging musicians and composers in Camden are being encouraged to apply for the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship in honour of the internationally renowned composer, Member for Camden Chris Patterson said today. Mr Patterson said he urged the community to apply from tomorrow until 16…...Read more

  • Works Begins to Rebuild NSW

    5 June, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson said the NSW Government can now get down to work with rebuilding NSW after historic legislation to fund its $20 billion infrastructure plan passed the NSW upper house. Mr Patterson said the long-term lease of 49 percent of the NSW electricity network means a…...Read more

  • Macarthur Residents Encouraged to Stay Alert on the Road this Long Weekend

    4 June, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson is encouraging the Macarthur region to stay alert this long weekend and take care on the roads. Mr Patterson said an increase in traffic is expected as friends and families make the most of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. “This weekend not only…...Read more

  • Boost for Campbelltown Customers Who Cycle to Public Transport

    1 June, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today announced a big win for Campbelltown cyclists, with 30 secure bike spaces to be installed at Campbelltown Station. Bike sheds providing secure spaces will be installed at more than 40 train stations and transport interchanges around Sydney and surrounding…...Read more

  • Jobs Action Plan Extended Until 2019

    1 June, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has today welcomed news that legislation to extend the successful Jobs Action Plan until 2019 has passed Parliament. The Jobs Action Plan is a key plank of the NSW Liberals & Nationals’ election commitment to create 150,000 jobs in the next four years.…...Read more

  • Labor Opposes Campbelltown Hospital Funding

    28 May, 2015

    The Labor Members for Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields are opposing the NSW Government’s plan to redevelop Campbelltown Hospital and boost health services for residents of Macarthur, Mr Patterson said The Coalition Government on Tuesday introduced legislation to unlock $20 billion to be…...Read more

  • Have Your Say on the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

    21 May, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has called on locals to have their say on an Australian-first scheme to protect people who may be at risk of domestic violence. Announced as a key election commitment the NSW Government will now pilot a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) that enables…...Read more

  • 2015 NSW Green Globe Awards - Nominate Now

    21 May, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has called for nominations for the 16th Green Globe Awards, celebrating outstanding environmental achievements across NSW. “The Green Globe Awards are NSW’s biggest and most important sustainability awards, with 17 award categories covering a range of…...Read more

  • NSW Carer's Awards Nominations Now Open

    21 May, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has called for nominations for the NSW Carers Awards 2015 and asked the local community to nominate outstanding unpaid carers and carer-friendly organisations they know. The NSW Carers Awards 2015 are an opportunity to celebrate the dedication, commitment and…...Read more

  • Councils Encouraged to Apply for Round Two Responsible Pet Ownership Grants

    21 May, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged local councils to get involved in round two of the Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program. Mr Patterson said that individual councils would have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $15,000, while collaborative council projects could…...Read more

  • Local Faciities to Receive Funding Boost

    21 May, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson has today announced $4000 in NSW Government funding for the 73rd Regiment of Foot Incorporated as part of the 2014/15 Safe Shooting Program. Funding has been provided to purchase a firearm safe and trailer to facilitate the safe transportation of artillery and…...Read more

  • Small Business Friendly Councils Building A Stronger NSW

    13 May, 2015

    Minister for Small Business John Barilaro, Minister for Local Government Paul Toole and Chris Patterson MP welcomed Camden and Liverpool Councils to the Small Business Friendly Councils program, an initiative that is transforming how local councils work with their small business communities. Mr…...Read more

  • Students in Camden Encouraged to Take on the Money Stuff Challenge

    13 May, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today encouraged local high students to get involved in the NSW Fair Trading Money Stuff Challenge. Chris said that students would have the opportunity to devise innovative messages about consumer rights, with the best entries in line for category prizes of $250…...Read more

  • New Housing Builds on Millers Point Sales

    17 April, 2015

    The first batch of homes built from the proceeds of Millers Point social housing sales have been announced by Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard. The projected proceeds from the Millers Point property sales, expected to be about $500 million – will be re-invested into…...Read more

  • Boost Local Heritage Protection

    14 April, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today welcomed $28.5 million in new heritage funding from the NSW Government, and encouraged local residents to put Camden’s heritage treasures forward for support. Under the new Heritage Near Me initiative, the NSW Government will fund a new Heritage…...Read more

  • Hey Tosser! Making NSW Least Littered

    14 April, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today welcomed the next phase of the NSW Government’s Hey Tosser! anti-littering campaign. Mr Patterson said the campaign involves TV commercials, images and slogans focusing on the public shame of being caught littering. “I am pleased the NSW…...Read more

  • Call for local Visual Artists to apply for NSW Government Fellowship

    14 April, 2015

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today encouraged local visual artists embarking on their careers to apply for a $30,000 NSW Government Visual Arts Fellowship. “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is providing this funding as part of its commitment to supporting the professional…...Read more

  • Government Funding Available to Support Local Sporting Events

    8 April, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has today urged local sporting groups to apply for the State Government’s Sport and Recreation Events Program (SREP), which closes 24 April 2015. “This Government is committed to assisting sporting groups in hosting quality local, national and…...Read more

  • 2015 NSW Youth Week Kicks Off

    8 April, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today welcomed the launch of the 2015 NSW Youth Week, the largest annual youth participation event in Australia. Youth Week kicked off with a forum in Parliament House titled; Connecting Culture and Community – It Starts With Us, which will bring…...Read more

  • Getting Down to Business: Early Work Begins on Sydney Rapid Transport

    8 April, 2015

    The NSW Government is wasting no time delivering on its election commitments with early work starting today for the second Sydney Harbour rail crossing. NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced over coming weeks, geotechnical drilling will…...Read more

  • Cat and Dog Registration Incentives to Encourage Responsible Pet Ownership

    23 March, 2015

    A re-elected Baird Government will streamline and discount pet registrations to encourage more people to purchase abandoned animals from the RSPCA in a bid to reduce the number of lost, abandoned and mistreated pets in NSW. NSW Premier Mike Baird today announced the changes while attending the…...Read more

  • Rebuilding NSW: $300 Million to Continue Campbelltown Hospital Major Redevelopment

    21 March, 2015

    Campbelltown Hospital will receive a $300 million injection of funds to kick start its Stage 2 major redevelopment in the next term of a re-elected Baird Government. The $300 million will be reserved from the Rebuilding NSW Hospitals Fund and includes a major boost for mental health services and…...Read more

  • Camden Community to Benefit as Baird Government Commits $12 Million to Community Transport

    19 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today welcomed an announcement that a re-elected Baird Government will increase funding for community transport by a further $12 million over the next four years. In March 2011 the NSW Liberals & Nationals doubled community transport funding over four years…...Read more

  • Seniors Programs to Benefit From Major Boost

    18 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has welcomed NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka’s announcement of a series of major enhancements to popular seniors’ programs. “The NSW Liberals & Nationals are committed to improving services for seniors by providing…...Read more

  • Baird Government Commits to Huge Boost in Frontline Staff and Hospital Activity

    18 March, 2015

    A re-elected Baird Government will increase frontline health staff by at least 3,500 full-time equivalent positions over four years, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said today. A re-elected Baird Government will also fund a huge boost to hospital activity, including 320,000 additional…...Read more

  • Serious Criminals Cop Tougher Sentencing

    17 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson says perpetrators of violent and other serious crime will receive tough jail sentences under new reforms of a re-elected Baird Government. “Serious crime should equal serious time,” Chris said. “Offenders convicted of gun-related crimes will…...Read more

  • New Fund to Help Locals Make Camden a Safer Place

    17 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said today a re-elected Baird Government will back local communities with a NSW Community Safety Fund to further reduce crime and promote safety in Camden. The $10 million fund is open to non-government organisations, community groups and business associations…...Read more

  • Fighting the Ice Scourge in Our Community

    16 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said the Baird Government’s comprehensive package to target the scourge of ice will help make the streets of Camden safer. The package combines a police response to target ice dealers, manufacturers and drug drivers, and a health response to address the…...Read more

  • Goodbye to Plastic as Baird Government Offers Choice of Digital Licences

    16 March, 2015

    Minister for Finance & Services, Dominic Perrottet and the Member for Camden, Chris Patterson, today announced that a re-elected Baird Government will oversee a transition to digital licensing over the next four years. For the first time in Australia, citizens will be able to choose to have a…...Read more

  • Camden Schools Benefit from Quality Teaching

    11 March, 2015

    Around 6100 students across 16 schools in Camden will benefit from a Baird Government program to allow 1,000 of the best public primary school teachers to mentor and coach other teachers to lift the quality of teaching across every classroom in their school. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson…...Read more

  • New Student Support Package for Camden

    11 March, 2015

    Public schools across Camden will benefit from additional counselling resources as part of a $167 million Baird Government package, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said. “This is the first increase in counselling services in NSW for 20 years and will lead to improvements in schools…...Read more

  • NSW Government Gets Tougher on Real Estate Underquoting

    11 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today welcomed the announcement that a re-elected Liberals & Nationals Government will introduce tougher real estate laws to help stamp out the practice of illegal underquoting. “A re-elected Baird Government will crack down on underquoting behaviour…...Read more

  • South West Rail Link Proving Popular with Locals

    11 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said the South West Rail Link was proving a hit with locals, with more than 35,000 customer journeys made since the rail line opened one month ago. “The new rail line has completely transformed the daily commute for thousands of residents,” Chris…...Read more

  • Baird Government Targeting Organised Crime

    6 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has backed the Baird Government’s commitment to strengthen police powers to crackdown on organised crime. Chris said the new laws would give police in Camden powers to respond quickly and effectively to organised crime. “The Baird Government takes…...Read more

  • The NSW Trustee & Guardian 'Plan Ahead' Van is Coming to Town!

    6 March, 2015

    On Friday 13 March the NSW Trustie & Guardian ‘Plan Ahead’ van will be at John Street (outside the old police station) from 9am-3pm. The Plan Ahead Van makes it easier for people to take the first steps towards preparing their essential legal documents. NSW Trustee and Guardian…...Read more

  • Justice for Child Victims of Sexual Assault

    6 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said the Baird Government’s new justice package will deliver tougher sentences to child sexual assault offenders while supporting child victims through the court process. “The community rightfully expects that penalties for child sexual assault…...Read more

  • Boost for our Police Force

    6 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has welcomed the Baird Government’s commitment to create the strongest, most resilient and technologically-advanced Police Force in the country – including 310 additional police across NSW. The commitment includes training 250 Specialist Police and…...Read more

  • New $32 Million Fund for Community Sportsgrounds

    6 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson, today welcomed the Baird Government’s announcement of $32 million over four years for a new state-wide fund specifically for community sportsgrounds and sporting facilities if re-elected on March 28. “This is a great example of local clubs, the…...Read more

  • Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme to Empower Potential Victims

    6 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today backed the Baird Government’s plan to empower partners who are at risk of domestic and family violence through a register that records names of offenders. “Too many women and children are scarred by domestic and family violence,” Chris…...Read more

  • Baird Government Supports Camden Police and Emergency Services

    3 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres has announced grants to assist the Camden Local Area Command, Camden State Emergency Service and Camden Rural Fire Service. “These grants will assist our outstanding police and emergency services…...Read more

  • Camden Council Officer Honoured at Women in Local Government Awards

    3 March, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today congratulated local achiever Nicole Magurren for her outstanding commitment to the community which was recognised at the 2015 Women in Local Government Awards. Nicole is the Director of Planning and Environment at Camden Council and received the Award for…...Read more

  • Labor's Infrastructure Plan: Taking Camden for Granted...Again

    26 February, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said Labor’s 10 year Infrastructure Plan once again demonstrates they’re taking Camden for granted. “After 16 years in Government and four years in Opposition, Labor have clearly not learnt from their past - releasing a plan that cuts…...Read more

  • Chris Patterson Welcomes New Nurses and Midwives to Local Hospitals

    26 February, 2015

    131 new nurses and midwives are commencing their life-saving work at the South West Sydney Local Health District this year, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson announced today. Chris said in its first term, the Baird Government has made a record investment in the recruitment of nurses and…...Read more

  • Labor Confirms Again Electricity Prices are Coming Down

    26 February, 2015

    Less than a week after being caught out saying electricity prices decrease under private ownership, Labor’s Shadow Treasurer has now confirmed prices are coming down under the NSW Liberals & Nationals. In a debate on Radio 2UE on Tuesday, Michael Daley was forced to acknowledge the…...Read more

  • Cracking Down on Anti-Social Behaviour in Camden

    23 February, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today announced a re-elected Baird Government will crack down on anti-social and illegal behaviour in public housing communities and evict tenants who commit serious crimes. “Public housing is a privilege, not a right. We will have no tolerance for people…...Read more

  • Daley's Double-Take on Power Prices

    18 February, 2015

    Labor’s Shadow Treasurer has got himself tangled up in a huge knot after he admitted electricity prices fall under private ownership. Michael Daley made the admission during a Parliamentary debate in 2008: Mr Andrew Fraser: They have doubled since you've been in this place. What have…...Read more

  • Delivering Schools of the Future for Camden

    13 February, 2015

    Public schools across Camden will benefit from the Baird Government’s Innovative Education, Successful Students plan to upgrade schools and create the classrooms of the future, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson announced today. “Investing in education is vital for our…...Read more

  • Local School Receives Funding

    13 February, 2015

    NSW Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli today announced $1,683,000 NSW Government Building Grant Assistance Scheme (BGAS) for St Benedicts Catholic College Oran Park. In 2014/15, funding for the Building Grants Assistance Scheme amounted to over $11.7 M. Under the Building Grants…...Read more

  • Narellan Public School Receive Grant

    13 February, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today announced a Community Building Partnership Grant of $15,000 for upgrade of the Library. With the growing population, Narellan Public School is expanding. The student population includes children from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds including…...Read more

  • Minister Visits Camden Community Connections

    12 February, 2015

    NSW Minister for Family and Communities, the Hon Gabrielle Upton visited the Camden Community Connections to present them with the Community Building Partnership Grant of $9000 towards the purchase of a new car. The car will be used by staff to do visits within the community. The NSW Community…...Read more

  • NSW Liberals & Nationals Will Protect Young People from E-Cigarettes

    11 February, 2015

    A re-elected Baird Government will introduce a bill into Parliament to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said today. The bill will make it an offence to sell e-cigarettes and related products - including e-liquid - to anyone under 18. Chris said…...Read more

  • Adoption a Priority: NSW Government to Establish Institute of Open Adoption

    10 February, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson says a key priority of a re-elected Baird Government is increasing the number of adoptions in NSW, to provide vulnerable children and young people with permanent safe and nurturing homes. NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced the NSW Liberals & Nationals will…...Read more

  • Community Building Partnership Grant Awarded to Local Activity Centre

    6 February, 2015

    Minister for Ageing John Ajaka and Local Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced the Camden Actitivity Centre has received a Community Building Partneship Grant of $6000 for painting of the Centre. The NSW Community Building Partnership program aims to provide improved community…...Read more

  • Rock and Roll Back to the 50s & 60s with Seniors Week Grant

    6 February, 2015

    Minister for Ageing John Ajaka and Local Member for Camden Chris Patterson today presented a $1,000 grant to Carrington Centennial Care as part of the 2015 NSW Seniors Week grants program. “The NSW Seniors Week grants program supports the delivery of events during Seniors Week across the…...Read more

  • Boost for Tech Savvy Seniors

    6 February, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today announced that a re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will double funding to the popular Tech Savvy Seniors program, which provides low cost or free training for seniors in using computers, tablets and smart phones. “This Government…...Read more

  • Delivering the Skills for a Growing Economy: Free Vocational Scholarships for Camden

    3 February, 2015

    Many young people in Camden will have access to free training to help them find a job, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson announced today. “A re-elected Baird Government will make hundreds of training courses free for 200,000 disadvantaged young people across NSW — including many in…...Read more

  • Firefighters in Camden to Receive Hi-Tech Helmets

    2 February, 2015

    Fire & Rescue NSW’s (FRNSW) 6,800 fire officers will soon be wearing cutting-edge firefighting helmets with in-built radio technology and lighting that will provide greater protection and clearer communications at emergencies. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP said the new helmets…...Read more

  • Countdown Starts to First South West Rail Link Service

    30 January, 2015

    Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today said there’s only one week to go until the South West Rail Link opens to customers on Sunday 8 February 2015, complete with two-brand new stations at Leppington and Edmondson Park. “The NSW Liberals and Nationals came to government…...Read more

  • NSW Boxing Championships Come to Camden

    27 January, 2015

    On February 6 to 8 the NSW Open State Titles will be held and the Camden AH & I Hall Argyle St Camden. This prestigous event will attract over 1000 people over the 3 day event. The Boxing NSW Open State Titles are the selection event for the 2015 Nationals and the first stage of the 2016…...Read more

  • Minister Visits Major Business in Narellan

    27 January, 2015

    NSW Minister for Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts yesterday joined Member for Camden, Chris Patterson for a visit to the Nepean Engineering plant in Narellan. Nepean Engineering is one of the largest manufacturing businesses in the Camden area and internationally. Established in 1974…...Read more

  • Grants Announced for Seniors Weeks Celebrations in Camden

    21 January, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today announced three Senior organisations in Camden have received a NSW Government Seniors Week grant. The local organisations ares amongst more than 400 NSW organisations that will benefit from grants of up to $5,000 to help the community celebrate NSW…...Read more

  • Camden Schools Receive Funding for Maintenance

    20 January, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today said that maintenance projects were scheduled to be completed at three local schools during the school holiday period. “While students and teachers have been away from school during the holiday period, a number of important projects have been…...Read more

  • New Home Building Laws Start

    19 January, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has welcomed the start of new home building laws offering greater protection to NSW consumers from shoddy construction work. “New laws to protect NSW consumers from poor workmanship will start across the State today,” Chris said. “Anyone…...Read more

  • Get it in Black and White Before it's Too Late

    19 January, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is urging people to make plans for their future as part of the NSW Government’s ‘Get it in Black and White’ campaign. In NSW only 56 per cent of people aged between 35 and 49 have a Will, only 19 per cent of people aged over 35 have an…...Read more

  • Chris Patterson MP Welcomes New Medical Interns

    19 January, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today welcomed the medical graduates who are commencing their internships at Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals this year. Chris said a record 980 interns will commence their medical internships in the state’s public hospitals this year. “I…...Read more

  • Call for Nominations to Honour Women in Local Government

    16 January, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has announced that nominations for the 2015 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government are now open. The Awards recognise the outstanding contributions and achievements of women, both as elected representatives and as staff, in local government in…...Read more

  • Nominate for Premier's Multicultural Community Medals

    15 January, 2015

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is today encouraging residents across Camden to nominate for the 2015 Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals. The winners of the medals will be announced by NSW Premier Mike Baird at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner on Thursday 12 March 2015. The…...Read more

  • Nominate a Senior in Camden for a 2015 Local Achievement Award

    9 January, 2015

    Minister for Ageing John Ajaka is encouraging nominations for the 2015 NSW Seniors Local Achievement Awards. “The Seniors Local Achievement Awards aim to highlight the significant contributions older Australians make to their local community,” said Mr Ajaka. “We are inviting…...Read more

  • Free Tickets to Premier's Gala Concerts for NSW Seniors

    9 January, 2015

    NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced that the 2015 Premier’s Seniors Week Gala Concerts will be held on 17 and 18 March at Qantas Credit Union Arena (the Sydney Entertainment Centre). Free tickets to the concerts for NSW seniors will be available through…...Read more

  • Recognition for 50 Years Service

    19 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP presented Ken Bowden with a certificate from the NSW Attorney General the Hon Brad Hazzard MP recognising his 50 years of service to our local community as a Justice of Peace. "Ken’s continued service is to be commended, it is truly a remarkable…...Read more

  • Chris Patterson Encourages Camden Community to Apply for Road Safety Grants

    19 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson is encouraging community groups to submit an application as part of the NSW Government’s new $1.6 million grants initiative to help boost road safety in Camden. “We all have a role to play when it comes to road safety and that’s why the NSW…...Read more

  • Chris Patterson Congratulates 2014 HSC Students

    19 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP congratulates local students on their HSC results. “The HSC is a stressful time for students, so the release of results are a relief for many,” Chris said. “A number of students from several schools in the Camden area are among the…...Read more

  • Local Athlete Receives Recognition

    18 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP presented Chantell Ladner with a certificate from the NSW Premier the Hon Mike Baird MP recognising her achievements in her chosen sport – Softball. Chantelle was a member of the Under 19 Women’s National Softball Championships 2014 Elinor…...Read more

  • Record Police Numbers Under NSW Liberals and Nationals

    15 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has congratulated the 313 members of “Class 323” who attested from the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn on Friday. “I congratulate the members of Class 323, 5 of which will be coming to the Local Area Commands that patrol Camden,” Chris…...Read more

  • First Place in Planning Competition for Elizabeth Macarthur High

    12 December, 2014

    Local Member for Camden Chris Patterson today visited Elizabeth Macarthur High School in Narellan to congratulate the winner of the inaugural 2014 Plan Shapers competition and present more than $1000 in prizes. Year 7 student Dylan Richardson won the competition for his school with an entry…...Read more

  • Local School Links Students to Learning

    12 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today welcomed the inclusion of Camden High School in the $8.9 million Links to Learning Program. Chris said students from Camden High School will benefit from the program that aims to encourage every student to make the most of their educational opportunities…...Read more

  • Rebuilding NSW: Grants for Camden Community Infrastructure Announced

    12 December, 2014

    The Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today announced a number of projects would receive a share of $300,000 funding for community infrastructure committed to rebuilding NSW and creating local jobs. The funding has been provided under the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership…...Read more

  • Applications Reopen for Justice of the Peace

    12 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today encouraged community-minded people to put their hand up to apply to be a Justice of the Peace in NSW. “It’s a great time to apply to be a JP, with a new online smart form making it simpler, easier and faster,” Chris said. “As…...Read more

  • Thank You to all Our Volunteers Across Camden on Internationl Volunteer Day

    5 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP marked International Volunteer Day by thanking volunteers across Camden for the hard work and vital role they play in our local community. Chris said that International Volunteer day was an important day to pay tribute to the countless volunteers who give of…...Read more

  • Support Our Local Economy This Holiday Season

    5 December, 2014

    NSW Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro and Chris Patterson, Member for Camden is asking the community to think small and local when purchasing goods or services this festive season. Chris said “Approximately 36 per cent of small business operators live outside the Sydney Greater…...Read more

  • Consumers Urged to Shop Wisely in the Final Weeks Before Christmas

    4 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is today reminding consumers and retailers of their rights and obligations under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), as we head into the last weeks of shopping before Christmas. “Traditionally, the final weeks before Christmas are when most consumers…...Read more

  • Best Crime Stats on Record for NSW

    4 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has welcomed a report showing the best crime statistics on record for NSW with all major crime categories having fallen or remained stable across the State. According to the Bureau of Crime Statistics (BOCSAR), 10 of the 17 major offence categories have…...Read more

  • New Fire Truck to be Based at Narellan Fire Station

    3 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson, has today joined Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Stuart Ayres, in welcoming a new Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) fire truck to be based at Narellan. The fire truck is one of five announced last week by the NSW Government, with the remaining four to…...Read more

  • Workers Comp Reforms a Win for Small Business

    3 December, 2014

    Small business employers and workers in the Camden area have greatly benefitted from changes to the workers compensation scheme, which have made NSW a safer and more productive place to work, Chris said today. WorkCover NSW data for the first 12 months since the reforms were introduced show…...Read more

  • Demerit Point for Abusing Disabled Car Spaces

    1 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today warned people who steal disabled car spaces the NSW Government was introducing a demerit point penalty, on top of the existing fine for the behaviour. “This is not negotiable. These are some of the most vulnerable people in our community,”…...Read more

  • Job Done: Opal Rollout Complete Ahead of Schedule

    1 December, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today welcomed news the rollout of Opal electronic ticketing is now complete on all suburban and intercity trains, the bus network, all Sydney Ferries’ services and light rail. “This is great news for the local community and means catching public…...Read more

  • $6.5 Million In Heritage Funding For Local Communities

    27 November, 2014

    The NSW Government is calling for applications to the NSW Heritage Grants program, which making $6.5 million available for heritage and conservation over the next two years. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP said the grants will help local communities preserve tangible reminders of our past…...Read more

  • Extended Opening Hours at Australian Botanic Garden

    27 November, 2014

    NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Mike Baird and Environment Minister Rob Stokes today announced extended opening hours for the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan. Mr Baird said the extended hours at the garden - from 8am to 7pm - follow the NSW Government’s abolition of the…...Read more

  • Legal Aid NSW Helping Domestic Violence Victims in Macarthur

    27 November, 2014

    With White Ribbon Day on November 25 it is important to acknowledge the work of the Macarthur Legal Centre which assisted 1,372 women and children affected by domestic violence in the local area in the past year. "In the last year the Macarthur Legal Centre service received $547,855.20 from…...Read more

  • Rebuilding NSW and Camden to Turbocharge Growth and Boost Jobs

    27 November, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP welcomed the announcement by NSW Premier Mike Baird of a $20 billion plan to turbocharge infrastructure in NSW to bust congestion, boost productivity and create jobs. "Rebuilding NSW is a visionary and fully funded plan that will benefit Camden and NSW for…...Read more

  • Extra Funding for Camden Schools

    27 November, 2014

    The Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has welcomed the announcement of an additional $4,675,000 in needs-based funding for Camden government schools in 2015. “This additional support is a result of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government being the first to sign up to the Gonski…...Read more

  • South West Kids and Families to Benefit From New Paediatric Health Services

    26 November, 2014

    South West Sydney MPs Mental Health Minister and Assistant Minister for Health Jai Rowell (Wollondilly) Bryan Doyle (Campbelltown) and Chris Patterson (Camden) today welcomed the announcement of new health services, including specialised paediatric care to be located in Campbelltown. The new…...Read more

  • NSW Gas Plan Protecting What's Valuable, Securing Our Future

    14 November, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today said the NSW Government’s Gas Plan is a clear, strategic framework to deliver world’s best practice regulation of the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry, while securing vital gas supplies for the State. The NSW Gas Plan provides a strategy across…...Read more

  • Christmas Card Winners Announced

    12 November, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has announced the winners of his Christmas Card Competition. Chris has decided to award two winners due to the overwhelming entries received and the standard of work. “Making a decision this year was very hard and I decided two entries were so good I…...Read more

  • National Parks Fee Free Weekend

    7 November, 2014

    The NSW Government is opening all national parks for free on November 15 and 16 to mark the 40th anniversary the National Parks and Wildlife Act. The Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP said the fee free weekend was a celebration of legislation that was crucial in protecting NSW’s natural…...Read more

  • Grants Available for Local Footy Clubs

    7 November, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has announced that the NSW Footy Facilities Fund is now open for applications. The program is a joint initiative of the National Rugby League and the NSW Government, and offers funding for projects throughout NSW. “This program is an important…...Read more

  • Wear Orange on Wednesday in Support of NSW SES

    7 November, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has encouraged the community to get involved with the NSW State Emergency Service’s (NSW SES) Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW) Day on Wednesday, 12 November. WOW Day is a national day of recognition of the 40,000 SES volunteers across Australia, with the…...Read more

  • Government Funding Available to Support Sporting Events in Camden

    6 November, 2014

    Member for Camden,Chris Patterson MP today announced the State Government’s Sport and Recreation Events Program (SREP) is open for applications from 5 November 2014 to 30 January 2015. “The government is committed to helping athletes, officials and coaches develop their skills through…...Read more

  • Minister Meets with Local Community Groups

    3 November, 2014

    Minister for Planning and Minister for Women, Pru Goward was joined by Member for Camden Chris Patterson and Camden Mayor Lara Symkowiak during a visit to meet with Camden locals and community groups to discuss a range planing and women’s issues. Minister Goward along with Member for…...Read more

  • Camden Communities to Benefit from New ClubsNSW MOU

    31 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Camden RSL Club providing certainty for the RSL Club and thousands of clubs and employees across the region. Chris Patterson and Terry Kaperonis, Manager of the Camden RSL Club has signed the MOU.…...Read more

  • Safe Home for Life for Children in Camden

    30 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has today welcomed the introduction of the NSW Government’s most important child protection reforms in a generation, Safe Home for Life. Family and Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton has announced the start of a major transformation of the…...Read more

  • Camden Residents Have the Chance to Win Tickets to See Sydney Shine this New Year's Eve

    29 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is encouraging people in Camden to enter their household in the online draw to win a family pass to the ultimate vantage point for the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Sydney. The NSW Government has opened the ballot to win one of 1600 family passes…...Read more

  • Nominate Your Favorite Local Business

    29 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has called on residents to nominate their favourite local business for the ‘I love my local business’ competition, as part of NSW Fair Trading Week. “Does your barista make the best coffee in town? ’’ Chris said. “Or are…...Read more

  • Camden West RFS Brigade has Received a New Fire Truck to Assist with this Years Fire Season

    24 October, 2014

    Communities in Camden are set to be even more prepared for bush fires with a new fire truck being allocated to the Camden West RFS as part of the 2014-15 NSW State Budget. NSW Premier the Hon Mike Baird MP and Minister fro Emergency Services the Hon Stuart Ayres MP handed over the keys to the…...Read more

  • Local Member Encourages Local Businesses to Visit the Small Biz Bus

    22 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson is encouraging local small businesses to take advantage of the expert business advice on offer when the Small Biz Bus visits Camden on Saturday November 15 2014 during the Camden Light up Festival. “Having the Small Biz Bus here gives local business…...Read more

  • Residents Urged to Support NSW Graffiti Removal Day

    16 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today encouraged residents in Camden to roll up their sleeves to help clean up graffiti as part of NSW Graffiti Removal Day on 26 October. Graffiti Removal Day is a joint partnership between the NSW Government and Rotary Down Under aimed at encouraging local…...Read more

  • Improving School Zone Safety in Camden

    15 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is urging primary schools in Camden to sign up to receive the Kindergarten Orientation Day Road Safety Packs to help support our most vulnerable road users. “These packs are a great way to help parents talk to children, who are starting school next…...Read more

  • Love Your Local Business Competition

    15 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today encouraged people to nominate their favourite business for this year’s I love my local business Facebook competition, which promotes businesses that are popular in their local communities. “Now in its third year, this popular and fun…...Read more

  • Grassroots Funding for Camden to Fight Domestic Violence

    13 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today announced Camden-Wollondilly Domestic Violence Committee has received a grant to reduce and respond to domestic and family violence in the Camden/Wollondilly community. “I’m very pleased that Camden-Wollondilly Domestic Violence Committee…...Read more

  • Local Women Organisations Receive Funding

    10 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today welcomed the grants awarded to Wollondilly Shire Council and TAFE NSW Bankstown under the NSW Government’s Investing in Women funding program. NSW TAFE received $25,000 and Wollondilly Shire Council received $20,636. Chris said the funding will…...Read more

  • Opal Goes Live on More Buses in South West Sydney and Wollondilly

    7 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today welcomed news Opal electronic ticketing is now available on 200 buses in South West Sydney and Wollondilly, giving bus customers access to cheaper fares and more convenient travel. Chris said the latest Opal rollout will cover Busabout and Interline…...Read more

  • HSC Exams Start Next Week

    7 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patteron MP today wished local students well in their final preparations for the HSC written exams, which begin next week. Chris said the exams start next Monday with the compulsory two-unit English paper and conclude on 5 November with the Information and Digital…...Read more

  • Lost Millions Could Make for a Merry Xmas

    1 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is encouraging Camden residents to check if they have any lost or unclaimed money with the NSW Government launching a new campaign to try to reunite close to $140 million of unclaimed funds with its rightful owners. “With Christmas fast approaching and…...Read more

  • Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Storm Season

    1 October, 2014

    With the storm season officially commencing this week, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has said that now is the time for residents of Camden to prepare their homes and families for the possibility of storms. “You can do your bit to help prevent some of this damage by preparing your…...Read more

  • Residents Urged to Prepare for Bushfire Season

    1 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is urging residents of Camden to prepare themselves and their homes for the threat of bushfire. The statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) commenced on Wednesday 1 October 2014. One-third of the State has already commenced its danger period due to dry…...Read more

  • Design Contract Awarded for The Northern Road Upgrade

    1 October, 2014

    The Australian and New South Wales Governments are getting on with building a stronger and more prosperous Western Sydney, today awarding the design contract for Stage Two of The Northern Road upgrade to GHD. GHD will now design the 11 kilometre Stage Two section of the upgrade from Peter Brock…...Read more

  • Local Student Succeeds with Community Languages

    1 October, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today congratulated Mount Annan Christian College student Gordon Lim on receiving a Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement in Community Languages. Gordon Lim won the Minister’s award for Korean. Chris said 10 outstanding students…...Read more

  • Applications Open for Community War Memorial Grants in Camden

    24 September, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has today called on local veterans’ groups, sports clubs, councils and schools to consider applying for funding for repairs and maintenance projects on local war memorial sites. Chris said that grants of up to $10,000 were now available under the NSW…...Read more

  • New ePlanning Tools a Hit in Camden

    24 September, 2014

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today welcomed figures that showed new online planning tools have been embraced by the NSW community, with more than 20,000 visitors in the first 30 days. Chris said the Camden Local Government Area featured as one of the top five searched for in the Planning…...Read more

  • Financial Assistance to Camden for Flood Damage

    23 September, 2014

    Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet and Member for Camden Chris Patterson today announced a grant of $18,180 for Camden Council to assist in flood recovery. The funds will be used to reimburse the council for costs associated with emergency assistance after floods in February,…...Read more

  • $600,000 for Councils to Create Liveable Communities

    19 September, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has encouraged Camden Council to enter the Creating Liveable Communities Competition aimed at increasing the liveability of communities in NSW for carers, older people and people with disability. “I encourage Camden Council to submit the most innovative…...Read more

  • NSW Government Puts Unlicensed Builders and Tradies on Notice

    18 September, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP said the successful prosecution of unlicensed builder Xin Li is a warning to home builders and tradespeople who choose to operate without a valid licence. Xin Li, who traded as Sydney Bathrooms & Kitchens at Waterloo, was convicted by Parramatta Local…...Read more

  • Local Councils Set to Become More Small Business Friendly

    17 September, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson has congratulated Camden Council for taking part in a new initiative being driven by the NSW Government to improve relationships with local small businesses. The Small Business Friendly Councils (SBFC) Program aims to increase the number of NSW councils working…...Read more

  • Bullbar Tollerance Guidelines Released

    17 September, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has welcomed the release of the Ministerial Order to provide clear information about which bullbars are allowed on NSW roads to address the issue of non-compliance in Camden. “Motorists in Camden have been subject to a recent compliance campaign and I…...Read more

  • Library Infrastructure Grants Available to Councils

    16 September, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today encouraged local councils in the Camden electorate to apply for funding under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s new Public Library Infrastructure Grants program. “The NSW Government has increased public library funding in the…...Read more

  • Chris Patterson Welcomes 2014 Foster Care Week

    16 September, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today welcomed the start of Foster Care Week which is an opportunity to acknowledge and thank foster carers right across NSW for providing safety, stability and a loving home to the state’s most vulnerable children and young people. Chris said…...Read more

  • Community Urged to Nominate Local Projects

    16 September, 2014

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today called on the community to help nominate projects to improve community facilities in Camden. Mr Patterson said there is $3 million in funding available to improve lifestyles in Sydney’s suburbs by developing parks, cycleways and walkways.…...Read more

  • Starting School in Camden Smoother Than Ever

    11 September, 2014

    The move to big school in Camden should be smoother for next year’s Kindergarten thanks to a NSW Government initiative designed to ensure teachers are provided with important information about their new students. The first-ever NSW Transition to School Statement provides a consistent…...Read more

  • Community Encouraged to Pay Tribute to the Retiring Governor Dame Marie Bashir

    10 September, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today encouraged the Camden community to pay personal tribute to Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO who retires on 1 October 2014. A tribute book has been set up at the Camden Electorate Office, at NSW Parliament House and online at…...Read more

  • Camden Council a Winner in Fight Against Rubbish

    10 September, 2014

    Camden Council will receive $166,627 to help tackle rubbish and waste problems. Camden Council secured the funding in the second year of the EPA Better Waste and Recycling Fund from the NSW Government’s $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, Environment Minister Rob Stokes…...Read more

  • Polluters Beware: NSW has Australia's Toughest Fines

    9 September, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today welcomed the arrival of the country’s toughest fines for environmental crimes, with tenfold increases in on-the-spot fines coming into effect. Chris said the new penalties introduced by the NSW Government will give the Environment Protection…...Read more

  • Chris Patterson Urges the Camden Community to Provide Feedback on Bringelly Road Design Improvements

    4 September, 2014

    Chris Patterson MP, Member for Camden is encouraging people in Camden to provide feedback on the new design improvements for the 10-kilometre Bringelly Road upgrade. “This is an important project to Camden that is a game changer for Western Sydney,” Chris said. “That’s…...Read more

  • Councils Encouraged to Apply for Responsible Pet Ownership Grants

    1 September, 2014

    Applications for the Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program for local councils are now open. The Grants Program is a $900,000 commitment over three years by the NSW Government as part of its response to the recommendations of the Companion Animals Taskforce. The scheme will fund local and…...Read more

  • NSW Seniors Week Grants Available

    29 August, 2014

    Chris Patterson MP is encouraging local Camden organisations, councils and community groups to apply for the $200,000 2015 NSW Seniors Week grants program, with just over three weeks left before applications close on 19 September. “Seniors Week is an important celebration with more than…...Read more

  • Vital New Link Road Opens for Spring Farm and Elderslie Resdients

    29 August, 2014

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson, the Hon Barry O’Farrell, Member for Ku-Ring-Gai and Camden Council Mayor, Cr Lara Symkowiak today officially opened the new intersection between Liz Kernohan Drive and the Camden Bypass – completing the vital first stage for Liz Kermohan Drive. Chris…...Read more

  • Camden Bypass to Get $2 Million Upgrade at Camden South

    25 August, 2014

    Work will soon start on a major maintenance project on the Camden Bypass to improve motorists’ safety and provide a stronger road surface. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP said the NSW Government has provided $2.2 million for the work which includes upgrading the asphalt road surface…...Read more

  • $35,312 to Improve Public Reserves in Camden

    25 August, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP to announced the NSW Government has committed $35,312 to rehabilitate the wetlands at the cycleway in Camden. Chris said “That under the latest round of the Public Reserves Management Fund Program, the NSW Government has allocated over $5 million in…...Read more

  • Carbon Tax Repeal Price Relief for NSW Gas Customers

    22 August, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today welcomed the announcement from theIndependent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of a revised regulated gas price following the repeal of Labor’s Carbon Tax. Chris said regulated gas customers will now see a significantly lower price increase…...Read more

  • Chris Patterson Welcomes an Extra Frontline Officer to Camden LAC

    22 August, 2014

    The Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has congratulated the 170 members of “Class 322” who have attested from the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn this month. “I extend my congratulations to Class 322, one of which will be allocated to Camden LAC.” Chris said.…...Read more

  • Four Years of Remembrance in Parliament Marking the Centenary of World War One

    8 August, 2014

    Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly, Shelley Hancock and President of the NSW Legislative Council, Don Harwin have announced Australia’s oldest parliament will acknowledge the Centenary of World War One each sitting week. Each Tuesday when Parliament is sitting, Members in both Chambers…...Read more

  • Camden Community Urged to Have It's Say on $20 Billion Plan to Transform NSW

    8 August, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is today inviting the Camden community to have its say on the NSW Government’s plan to unlock $20 billion in infrastructure funding by undertaking a long-term lease of 49 per cent of the “poles and wires” network businesses. Chris said that…...Read more

  • Discover Your Ancestory at NSW State Records

    7 August, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is encouraging the Camden community to learn more about their heritage as part of National Family History Month during August 2014. Chris said “Anyone can kick start their family history search with a range of free resources available from NSW State…...Read more

  • Better Walking and Cycling Connections

    7 August, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today announced the NSW Government would fund 3 projects in Camden as part of a plan to promote walking and cycling across the state. Chris said the funding was part of the NSW Government’s commitment to invest in active transport as a part of an…...Read more

  • Local RFS Benefit from Grant

    4 August, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is pleased to announce Macarthur Rural Fire Service (RFS) has received $20,000 grant for the purchase of new radios. The grant was part of the NSW Government Emergency Services Grants totalling $127,000 to recipients across the state. “This funding…...Read more

  • Community Urged to Take Part in Local Government Week 2014

    4 August, 2014

    Local Government Week 2014 has commenced and Chris Patterson MP member for Camden is urging the local community to take part and to find out what services the Local Council offers. Local Government Week promotes the importance of Local Government to NSW Communities. Councils across the State will…...Read more

  • Camden Schools Encouraged to Apply for 2015 Gallipoli School Tour

    4 August, 2014

    To mark the commencement of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations on August 4, Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP has welcomed the opening of the ballot for the NSW Government’s 2015 Gallipoli School Tour. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for high school aged students in…...Read more

  • Transforming Planning for 21st Century

    29 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today encouraged local homeowners and businesses to take advantage of new online planning tools, which will make the planning system faster and simpler. The new ePlanning tools went live today, bringing the State’s planning system into the digital age…...Read more

  • White Ribbon to Strengthen Engagement with Multicultural Communities in Camden

    29 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today announced the NSW Government would provide $80,000 to White Ribbon Australia to strengthen engagement with culturally diverse communities and increase awareness about violence against women. The announcement was made in the lead up to White Ribbon…...Read more

  • DITTO! NSW Primary Schools get Safety Savvy with Bravehearts Program

    28 July, 2014

    A personal safety initiative developed by child protection advocate Bravehearts will be rolled out to every NSW Government primary school today to keep kids safe in a range of situations from bullying to sexual assault. Set to educate around 195,000 students from kindergarten to Year 2, the…...Read more

  • MH17 Condolence Books

    23 July, 2014

    NSW Premier Mike Baird today announced condolence books would be placed at public locations across NSW so residents can pay tribute to the victims of flight MH17. “This has been an unspeakable tragedy, devastating families and communities in our State and across the nation,” Mr Baird…...Read more

  • Celebrate Local Schools in Education Week 2014

    23 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP today said Education Week is an important time to recognise the valuable contribution of local public schools. Chris said this year’s Education Week is from Monday, 28 July to Friday, 1 August – and marks 60 years since it was first celebrated in…...Read more

  • Local Communities Receive Much Needed Funds

    21 July, 2014

    The Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP visited Cobbitty Public School and Harrington Park Public School to see the completion of the schools projects which was financed by the 2013 Community Building Partnership Program. Each year the NSW Government provides $300,000 to each electorate for…...Read more

  • Local Member Encourages Local Businesses to Visit the Small Biz Bus

    16 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is encouraging local small businesses to take advantage of the expert business advice on offer when the Small Biz Bus visits Oran Park Town Centre. “Having the Small Biz Bus here gives local business operators a great opportunity to get high quality…...Read more

  • New Guidelines to Benefit Small Business in Camden

    15 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP said Small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Camden now have better opportunities to participate in tenders for work with the NSW Government. “Changes to the Government’s prequalification scheme implemented on July 1 now mean that government…...Read more

  • Victims of Crime Get 21st Century Support

    14 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson welcomed the launch of an innovative new mobile app to help victims of crime and their families navigate the justice system. “The NSW Government is doing what it can to ease the experience of victims of crime in the criminal justice process,” Chris…...Read more

  • More Cars Deemed Safe for Camden Young Drivers

    7 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP is encouraging P-plate drivers, their families and employers in Camden to take advantage of a new web-based tool to check whether they can drive a particular model, which is now live. “This is part of the NSW Government’s new rules which kick in…...Read more

  • Camden Receives $21.8 Million Boost for Wastewater

    7 July, 2014

    More than $21.8 million will be invested in the Camden electorate for wastewater infrastructure during 2014-15 following the release of the NSW State Budget. Member for Camden Chris Patterson said “The $21.8 million investment will provide increased reliability of the treatment plant and…...Read more

  • First Home Owners Grant Expanded

    7 July, 2014

    The pressures of purchasing a new home will be eased, with changes to the First Home Owners Grant coming into effect on 1 July. Treasurer Andrew Constance and Member for Camden Chris Patterson today visited Gregory Hills to announce that the threshold for the $15,000 grant has been boosted to…...Read more

  • "Counting on You" to Put Safety First for Children

    3 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads Ray Williams is urging parents and carers in Camden to choose the safest car seat for their children following the launch of NSW Government’s biggest ever child car seat campaign called…...Read more

  • Capital Works Projects to Commence at Local Schools

    2 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today announced Camden High School, Currans Hill Public School and Mawarra Public School will receive financial assistance for capital works projects as part of the Liberal & Nationals Government’s 2014-15 Budget. The works are scheduled to commence…...Read more

  • Public Consultation Begins on Bushfire Protection Laws

    2 July, 2014

    The NSW Government and NSW Rural Fire Service is inviting public feedback on a draft Code of Practice for the new 10/50 laws giving residents in designated bushfire areas additional powers to protect their homes. Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said the legislation will allow homeowners in…...Read more

  • Chris Patterson Urges Camden Residents to Consider Emotional Burden of Diabetes

    2 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson, is calling on Camden residents to consider the emotional toll that diabetes can have on people living with or caring for someone with diabetes this National Diabetes Week, 13 to 19 July. In the Camden electorate alone, there are approximately 2,750 people…...Read more

  • Boost for Western Sydney Communities: Delivering $500 Million Bringelly Road Upgrade

    1 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said construction could start by the end of this year after the NSW and Australian governments called for tenders to build the first stage of the 10 kilometre upgrade of Bringelly Road. "This is great news for the communities of Camden and a great step in…...Read more

  • Expanded Station Refresh Program to Include Campbelltown Station

    1 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson today announced a new $33 million Station Refresh program across the network would include Campbelltown Station, one year after Sydney Trains was established to deliver a modern world-class train service. Chris said the upgrades underway across the network will…...Read more

  • First Home Buyers Boost Begins Today

    1 July, 2014

    First-time buyers looking for a new home will have more choice when deciding on their purchase, with changes to the First Home Owners Grant coming into effect From July 1 2014.. House-hunters are now able to buy newly constructed homes valued up to $750,000, and remain eligible for the First Home…...Read more

  • More Competition, More Choice and Downward Pressure on Prices as Electricity is Deregulated

    1 July, 2014

    Member for Camden, Chris Patterson said that the removal of retail electricity price regulation comes into effect today, with NSW households and businesses to benefit from greater competition and choice in the State’s electricity market. “The Government’s decision, first…...Read more

  • WESTERN SYDNEY CORRIDORS - OUTER SYDNEY ORBITAL (M9)

    26 March, 2018

    The proposed Western Sydney Corridors have been released, in particular, the Outer Sydney Orbital (M9) and the North South Rail Line and North South Rail Line Tunnel. Community consultation will now take place to give landowners, community and stakeholders the opportunity to give feedback which…...Read more

  • $12.26 Million boost for cancer research

    12 March, 2018

    Thousands of men with prostate cancer will benefit from significantly improved treatment as part of a $12.26 million NSW Government investment in cancer research. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said almost 6000 men in NSW will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. “It is both the…...Read more

  • New framework to tackle suicide in NSW

    11 March, 2018

    Key mental health and other organisations have begun working with the NSW Government on a statewide framework to reduce the rate of suicide across NSW. Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies today announced the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW to help communities face mental…...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