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  • The NSW Premier has today announced a further easing of some Covid-related restrictions. More information will be coming later today but here is a brief summary Covid restrictions to be eased 24th September 2020 The NSW Premier has today announced a further easing of some Covid-related restrictions. More information will be coming later today but here is a brief summary ... more
  • GREAT NEWS today: NSW has recorded zero community transmission for the THIRD day in a row. There was just one new case recorded in the State over the past 24 Covid update - Thursday 24th September 2020 GREAT NEWS today: NSW has recorded zero community transmission for the THIRD day in a row. There was just one new case recorded in the State over the past 24 ... more
  • The BIG NEWS today is that NSW has recorded zero community transmission for the second day in a row. There were six new cases recorded in the State over the past Covid update - Wednesday 23rd September 2020 The BIG NEWS today is that NSW has recorded zero community transmission for the second day in a row. There were six new cases recorded in the State over the past ... more
  • What a way to start a parliamentary sitting day! It was a pleasure to join Animal Welfare League NSW and their furry charges this morning to mark Dogs in Politics Putting a paws on politics 23rd September 2020 What a way to start a parliamentary sitting day! It was a pleasure to join Animal Welfare League NSW and their furry charges this morning to mark Dogs in Politics ... more
  • Are you part of a community sports club or cultural group which has been impacted by Covid-19? Then I'd encourage you to apply for one of the State Government's Community infrastructure grants now open 22nd September 2020 Are you part of a community sports club or cultural group which has been impacted by Covid-19? Then I'd encourage you to apply for one of the State Government's ... more
  • In breaking news, South Australia will reopen its border to NSW residents from midnight tomorrow (Wednesday the 23rd). Visitors to SA from NSW will no longer Covid update - Tuesday 22nd September 2020 In breaking news, South Australia will reopen its border to NSW residents from midnight tomorrow (Wednesday the 23rd). Visitors to SA from NSW will no longer ... more
  • The really good news from the past 24 hours is that Victoria has recorded only 11 new cases and two deaths, the lowest figures in more than three months. There Covid update - Monday 21st September 2020 The really good news from the past 24 hours is that Victoria has recorded only 11 new cases and two deaths, the lowest figures in more than three months. There ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's seven full weeks. There were just 6 new cases reported statewide over the past Covid update - Friday 18th September 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's seven full weeks. There were just 6 new cases reported statewide over the past ... more
  • Hunter Water has announced that the current Stage 1 water restrictions will be lifted from October 1. The region's total water storages are at about 80 per cent capacity Water restrictions to be lifted 18th September 2020 Hunter Water has announced that the current Stage 1 water restrictions will be lifted from October 1. The region's total water storages are at about 80 per cent capacity ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 41 consecutive days.There were just 5 new cases reported statewide over the past Covid update - Thursday 17th September 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 41 consecutive days.There were just 5 new cases reported statewide over the past ... more
  • I met with RFS volunteers this morning ahead of this weekend's Get Ready Weekend. With the bushfire season fast approaching, RFS brigades across RFS prepares for upcoming fire season 17th September 2020 I met with RFS volunteers this morning ahead of this weekend's Get Ready Weekend. With the bushfire season fast approaching, RFS brigades across ... more
  • There were 10 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 40 consecutive Covid update - Wednesday 16th September 2020 There were 10 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 40 consecutive ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 39 consecutive days. There are ZERO active cases currently in the Hunter-New Covid update - Tuesday 15th September 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 39 consecutive days. There are ZERO active cases currently in the Hunter-New ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 38 consecutive days. There are ZERO active cases currently in the Hunter-New Covid update - Monday 14th September 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 38 consecutive days. There are ZERO active cases currently in the Hunter-New ... more
  • There were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's five full weeks or 35 consecutive days. There are ZERO active cases currently Covid update - Friday 11th September 2020 There were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's five full weeks or 35 consecutive days. There are ZERO active cases currently ... more
  • There were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 34 consecutive days. Current active cases in the Hunter-New England region Covid update - Thursday 10th September 2020 There were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 34 consecutive days. Current active cases in the Hunter-New England region ... more
  • Submissions to Planning NSW regarding Centennial Coal's plan to put 62,500 trucks on Wangi and Wilton roads annually are now publicly available. The plan has Centennial Coal: submissions now online 9th September 2020 Submissions to Planning NSW regarding Centennial Coal's plan to put 62,500 trucks on Wangi and Wilton roads annually are now publicly available. The plan has ... more
  • There were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 33 consecutive days. Current active cases in the Hunter-New England region Covid update - Wednesday 9th September 2020 There were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 33 consecutive days. Current active cases in the Hunter-New England region ... more
  • Happy to report that Covid-19 remains very much under control in our region and throughout NSW. Thanks to everyone doing the right thing, as well as those doing Covid update - Tuesday 8th September 2020 Happy to report that Covid-19 remains very much under control in our region and throughout NSW. Thanks to everyone doing the right thing, as well as those doing ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 31 consecutive days. There were 4 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 Covid update - Monday 7th September 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - that's 31 consecutive days. There were 4 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region for the 30th consecutive day. In fact, the region is now Covid-free with zero active cases. There were 10 new cases Covid update - Sunday 6th September 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region for the 30th consecutive day. In fact, the region is now Covid-free with zero active cases. There were 10 new cases ... more
  • I want to acknowledge the fantastic new facilities that have been secured by Westlakes Wildcats FC at Fishburn Reserve, Rathmines. I joined the club today Wildcats open new grandstands 5th September 2020 I want to acknowledge the fantastic new facilities that have been secured by Westlakes Wildcats FC at Fishburn Reserve, Rathmines. I joined the club today ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region for the 27th consecutive day. There were 12 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours including three with no Covid update - Thursday 3rd September 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region for the 27th consecutive day. There were 12 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours including three with no ... more
  • For the 26th consecutive day there were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region. There were 17 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Of Covid update - Wednesday 2nd September 2020 For the 26th consecutive day there were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region. There were 17 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Of ... more
  • I just want to send a shout out to all of our local Covid nurses and in particular those people doing the tracking and testing. You are amazing, you are world class and Thanks to our Covid trackers and testers 2nd September 2020 I just want to send a shout out to all of our local Covid nurses and in particular those people doing the tracking and testing. You are amazing, you are world class and ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region in the past 24 hours - that's 26 consecutive days. Statewide, cases remain at a low and manageable level with 13 Covid update - Tuesday 1st September 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region in the past 24 hours - that's 26 consecutive days. Statewide, cases remain at a low and manageable level with 13 ... more
  • There are so many women in our local area who contribute enormous amounts of time and energy to their communities Nominate your Woman of the Year 1st September 2020 There are so many women in our local area who contribute enormous amounts of time and energy to their communities ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region in the past 24 hours - that's 25 consecutive days. There were 10 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 Covid update - Monday 31st August 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region in the past 24 hours - that's 25 consecutive days. There were 10 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 ... more
  • Firstly some good news: no new cases in the Hunter-New England region in the past 24 hours - 22 consecutive days. In another blow for this year's Yr12 students, Covid update - Friday 28th August 2020 Firstly some good news: no new cases in the Hunter-New England region in the past 24 hours - 22 consecutive days. In another blow for this year's Yr12 students, ... more
  • Three weeks without a new case in the Hunter-New England region! Well done everyone! I haven't been briefed on any details yet, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian Covid update - Thursday 27th August 2020 Three weeks without a new case in the Hunter-New England region! Well done everyone! I haven't been briefed on any details yet, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian ... more
  • My thanks to everyone who has so far signed the petition against Centennial Coal's plans to truck a million tonnes of coal a year on public roads between Wangi and Centennial trucks: petition update 26th August 2020 My thanks to everyone who has so far signed the petition against Centennial Coal's plans to truck a million tonnes of coal a year on public roads between Wangi and ... more
  • For the 19th consecutive day there were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region. Statewide, just three new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours. Covid update - Tuesday 25th August 2020 For the 19th consecutive day there were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region. Statewide, just three new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours. ... more
  • For the 18th consecutive day there were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region. Statewide, just three new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours Covid update - Monday 24th August 2020 For the 18th consecutive day there were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region. Statewide, just three new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - 17 consecutive days. Four new cases statewide over the same period. Of those four, Covid update - Sunday 23rd August 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - 17 consecutive days. Four new cases statewide over the same period. Of those four, ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - 16 consecutive days. Nine new cases statewide over the same period. Covid update - Saturday 22nd August 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours - 16 consecutive days. Nine new cases statewide over the same period. ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours and just one new case statewide. That's very encouraging news, and the 15th consecutive day Covid update - Friday 21st August 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours and just one new case statewide. That's very encouraging news, and the 15th consecutive day ... more
  • Two weeks, no new cases in the Hunter-New England region! This means that the case involving the St Pius school student two weeks ago has been contained to Covid update - Thursday 20th August 2020 Two weeks, no new cases in the Hunter-New England region! This means that the case involving the St Pius school student two weeks ago has been contained to ... more
  • We've almost hit the two-week mark - no new cases in the Hunter-New England region for 13 consecutive days. Statewide, seven new cases have been recorded. Covid update - Wednesday 19th August 2020 We've almost hit the two-week mark - no new cases in the Hunter-New England region for 13 consecutive days. Statewide, seven new cases have been recorded. ... more
  • Great to have the NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance MP in town today to officially open the new-look Wyee Station. It was equally good to have long-time Upgraded Wyee Station officially opened 19th August 2020 Great to have the NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance MP in town today to officially open the new-look Wyee Station. It was equally good to have long-time ... more
  • Some very encouraging news today. Not only have we recorded the 12th consecutive day of having no new cases in the Hunter-New England region, there has only been Covid update - Tuesday 18th August 2020 Some very encouraging news today. Not only have we recorded the 12th consecutive day of having no new cases in the Hunter-New England region, there has only been ... more
  • For the 11th consecutive day there were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours. Thanks to everyone who is doing their bit to keep it Covid update - Monday 17th August 2020 For the 11th consecutive day there were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours. Thanks to everyone who is doing their bit to keep it ... more
  • For the 10th day running there were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region. Five new cases statewide over the same period and unfortunately one more Covid update - Sunday 16th August 2020 For the 10th day running there were no new cases in the Hunter-New England region. Five new cases statewide over the same period and unfortunately one more ... more
  • Australia 75 years ago today. We will always remember them. If you're in the Wangi-Rathmines area today, Newcastle Military Vehicle Club will be doing a drive around 75 years of peace in the Pacific 15th August 2020 Australia 75 years ago today. We will always remember them. If you're in the Wangi-Rathmines area today, Newcastle Military Vehicle Club will be doing a drive around ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours. Nine days in a row! Nine new cases statewide over the same period. Of those, five are close Covid update - Saturday 15th August 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region over the past 24 hours. Nine days in a row! Nine new cases statewide over the same period. Of those, five are close ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region again today. That's eight days in a row and a great sign that the four cases who visited two Newcastle schools and a Covid update - Friday 14th August 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region again today. That's eight days in a row and a great sign that the four cases who visited two Newcastle schools and a ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter for a whole week! That comes despite more than 70,000 tests in the HNE health district over the past three weeks. Statewide there were 12 Covid update - Thursday 13th August 2020 No new cases in the Hunter for a whole week! That comes despite more than 70,000 tests in the HNE health district over the past three weeks. Statewide there were 12 ... more
  • Please join the campaign to stop Centennial Coal's plans to put 62,000 coal truck movements on public roads in western Lake Macquarie. I've today lodged an Petition: Keep 64,000 coal trucks off Wangi Rd 13th August 2020 Please join the campaign to stop Centennial Coal's plans to put 62,000 coal truck movements on public roads in western Lake Macquarie. I've today lodged an ... more
  • No new cases in the Hunter-New England region today. That's five days in a row since last week's cases were tracked and contained. Great job everyone! NSW has Covid update - Wednesday 12th August 2020 No new cases in the Hunter-New England region today. That's five days in a row since last week's cases were tracked and contained. Great job everyone! NSW has ... more
  • Just got word back from the Planning Minister's office - he's agreed to my request to extend the exhibition period and give the local community more time to comment. Myuna: Submission period extended 12th August 2020 Just got word back from the Planning Minister's office - he's agreed to my request to extend the exhibition period and give the local community more time to comment. ... more
  • No new cases of Covid-19 in the Hunter-New England health district today. That's four days in a row so here's hoping it stays that way. 22 new cases recorded Covid update - Tuesday 11th August 2020 No new cases of Covid-19 in the Hunter-New England health district today. That's four days in a row so here's hoping it stays that way. 22 new cases recorded ... more
  • I'm very concerned about Centennial Coal's plans to truck a million tonnes of coal a year between the Myuna Colliery at Wangi and its land at Awaba via Wangi Rd and Plan puts 64,000 trucks a year on Wangi Rd 11th August 2020 I'm very concerned about Centennial Coal's plans to truck a million tonnes of coal a year between the Myuna Colliery at Wangi and its land at Awaba via Wangi Rd and ... more
  • No new Covid cases in the Hunter for the third day in a row. This is really pleasing because more than 10,000 tests were carried out in the days following several Covid update - Monday 10th August 2020 No new Covid cases in the Hunter for the third day in a row. This is really pleasing because more than 10,000 tests were carried out in the days following several ... more
  • I met with Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser today and confirmed that the council has abandoned its controversial plans for high-rise buildings on the Toronto Council rules out Toronto high-rise plan 7th August 2020 I met with Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser today and confirmed that the council has abandoned its controversial plans for high-rise buildings on the Toronto ... more
  • As previously reported, a third member of the same Newcastle family has tested positive for the coronavirus. All other close contacts are traced and now in isolation. Update on new Covid cases and venues 7th August 2020 As previously reported, a third member of the same Newcastle family has tested positive for the coronavirus. All other close contacts are traced and now in isolation. ... more
  • Hunter-New England Health has advised of new venues in the Newcastle area which were visited by a person carrying the coronavirus. It's important to remember that More Newcastle venues added to watch list 6th August 2020 Hunter-New England Health has advised of new venues in the Newcastle area which were visited by a person carrying the coronavirus. It's important to remember that ... more
  • 11am UPDATE. NEW CASES IN NEWCASTLE. NEW VENUES ADDED TO WATCH LIST AGED CARE FACILITIES URGED TO CLOSE OUT VISITORS. The Public UPDATED - more venues added to watch list 6th August 2020 11am UPDATE. NEW CASES IN NEWCASTLE. NEW VENUES ADDED TO WATCH LIST AGED CARE FACILITIES URGED TO CLOSE OUT VISITORS. The Public ... more
  • More shocking news coming out of Victoria today with 725 new cases and 15 deaths overnight, including that of a man in his 30s. Border restrictions will also be
New border restrictions announced 5th August 2020 More shocking news coming out of Victoria today with 725 new cases and 15 deaths overnight, including that of a man in his 30s. Border restrictions will also be ... more
  • Great to see that Lake Mac council has started work on the new playground at Morisset's Bernie Goodwin Oval. We managed to secure more than $600,000 in Work starts on Morisset playground upgrade 4th August 2020 Great to see that Lake Mac council has started work on the new playground at Morisset's Bernie Goodwin Oval. We managed to secure more than $600,000 in ... more
  • An important announcement from Hunter Health. Anyone who visited the following venues on the dates and times posted is ordered to self-isolate for 14 days and get
COVID-19 Update: new locations identified 3rd August 2020 An important announcement from Hunter Health. Anyone who visited the following venues on the dates and times posted is ordered to self-isolate for 14 days and get ... more
  • There's been a lot of debate about masks, so here's some common sense advice from NSW Health. Masks are not a guaranteed way of avoiding Covid, but they will Some common sense advice on masks 3rd August 2020 There's been a lot of debate about masks, so here's some common sense advice from NSW Health. Masks are not a guaranteed way of avoiding Covid, but they will ... more
  • A person with Covid-19 visited Toronto Courthouse last Monday. Close contacts have been isolated and the courthouse is in the process of being deep cleaned. It’s Person with Covid visited Toronto Courthouse 2nd August 2020 A person with Covid-19 visited Toronto Courthouse last Monday. Close contacts have been isolated and the courthouse is in the process of being deep cleaned. It’s ... more
  • Hundreds of jobs and more than $300m in local economic activity will be created by today’s announcement regarding Costco and Green Capital at Cockle Creek Costco coming to Lake Macquarie 30th July 2020 Hundreds of jobs and more than $300m in local economic activity will be created by today’s announcement regarding Costco and Green Capital at Cockle Creek ... more
  • A new drive-through testing facility opens today at Warners Bay. You do not need to make an appointment or have a doctor's referral. The clinic is located in the car Drive-through Covid testing to open at Warners Bay 30th July 2020 A new drive-through testing facility opens today at Warners Bay. You do not need to make an appointment or have a doctor's referral. The clinic is located in the car ... more
  • Really happy to see the former Rathmines Community Hall reopened today and be reborn as Rathmines Theatre again. The original building was established in A new lease on life for original Rathmines Theatre 24th July 2020 Really happy to see the former Rathmines Community Hall reopened today and be reborn as Rathmines Theatre again. The original building was established in ... more
  • Really pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting some State funds for a new pontoon jetty at Balcolyn. The Government will go halves with Lake New jetty for Balcolyn 24th July 2020 Really pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting some State funds for a new pontoon jetty at Balcolyn. The Government will go halves with Lake ... more
  • As you may have heard, there are four confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Port Stephens area. Three have been linked to the first and all of those people are now New warning as Covid clusters move closer 23rd July 2020 As you may have heard, there are four confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Port Stephens area. Three have been linked to the first and all of those people are now ... more
  • It's a big day for the kids and teachers at Speers Point Public School today as they return for Term 3. The $14.9m upgrade of their school has been complete and New Speers Point school to be opened 21st July 2020 It's a big day for the kids and teachers at Speers Point Public School today as they return for Term 3. The $14.9m upgrade of their school has been complete and ... more
  • Some good news today with another milestone being reached in the long-running effort to get Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre reopened. The good news Site selected for new Sport and Recreation Centre 21st July 2020 Some good news today with another milestone being reached in the long-running effort to get Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre reopened. The good news ... more
  • Transport for NSW has advised that the M1's northbound off-ramp at the Toronto/Awaba interchange will be closed on Monday night between 8pm and Temporary closure of M1 exit ramp 19th July 2020 Transport for NSW has advised that the M1's northbound off-ramp at the Toronto/Awaba interchange will be closed on Monday night between 8pm and ... more
  • With more bad news coming out of Victoria today, and from south-western Sydney, it’s really important that everyone remains vigilant, follows the very simple social Cafe and restaurant restrictions to be tightened 17th July 2020 With more bad news coming out of Victoria today, and from south-western Sydney, it’s really important that everyone remains vigilant, follows the very simple social ... more
  • Hunter Health has confirmed a third Covid-19 case in the Newcastle area but there is no need to be alarmed. The woman is a close contact of a man who returned to Third Hunter case contained 17th July 2020 Hunter Health has confirmed a third Covid-19 case in the Newcastle area but there is no need to be alarmed. The woman is a close contact of a man who returned to ... more
  • Hunter Health has moved to allay concerns that people from COVID hotspots in Sydney have been travelling to the local area for testing. Hunter Health’s Hunter Health allays fears on 'test visitors' 16th July 2020 Hunter Health has moved to allay concerns that people from COVID hotspots in Sydney have been travelling to the local area for testing. Hunter Health’s ... more
  • I'm really pleased to have been working with this Lake Macquarie Police District strike force to target anti-social behaviour, car hoons, drunk drivers and Police strike force targets crime in Morisset area 16th July 2020 I'm really pleased to have been working with this Lake Macquarie Police District strike force to target anti-social behaviour, car hoons, drunk drivers and ... more
  • Very happy to report that the new lifts at Wyee Station are now open and the broader station upgrade almost complete. I’m really grateful that the State Government New lifts at Wyee station now open 15th July 2020 Very happy to report that the new lifts at Wyee Station are now open and the broader station upgrade almost complete. I’m really grateful that the State Government ... more
  • Given the cluster outbreak of Covid-19 at a Sydney hotel which has led to 28 new cases of infection, the Government in conjunction with the Australian Hotels Pub restrictions tighten following Covid cluster 14th July 2020 Given the cluster outbreak of Covid-19 at a Sydney hotel which has led to 28 new cases of infection, the Government in conjunction with the Australian Hotels ... more
  • NSW Health has provided my office with more mini bottles of hand sanitiser. I only have a limited number to distribute free of charge. I'm unable to post them out Free hand sanitiser available 6th July 2020 NSW Health has provided my office with more mini bottles of hand sanitiser. I only have a limited number to distribute free of charge. I'm unable to post them out ... more
  • BREAKING NEWS: Victorian border to close tomorrow as Covid outbreak worsens. A sensible move from both State's Premiers and the National Cabinet. Victorian border to close 6th July 2020 BREAKING NEWS: Victorian border to close tomorrow as Covid outbreak worsens. A sensible move from both State's Premiers and the National Cabinet. ... more
  • The Covid situation in Victoria is not getting better and reflects how easily we could be facing the same problem here if we let our guard down. We only need to Not the time to let our guard down 3rd July 2020 The Covid situation in Victoria is not getting better and reflects how easily we could be facing the same problem here if we let our guard down. We only need to ... more
  • A range of eased restrictions come into play today. Please remember that social distancing and good hand hygiene remain important to stopping the spread of More Covid restrictions eased today 1st July 2020 A range of eased restrictions come into play today. Please remember that social distancing and good hand hygiene remain important to stopping the spread of ... more
  • A beautiful morning to meet at Speers Point Park for the official opening of the new jetty. Speers Point is an incredibly important recreation, sporting and cultural New Speers Point jetty opened 25th June 2020 A beautiful morning to meet at Speers Point Park for the official opening of the new jetty. Speers Point is an incredibly important recreation, sporting and cultural ... more
  • I've had a number of recent meetings with Origin Energy, the Office of Sport and the Minister regarding the relocation of Myuna Bay Sport And Recreation Centre Update on Myuna Bay relocation 23rd June 2020 I've had a number of recent meetings with Origin Energy, the Office of Sport and the Minister regarding the relocation of Myuna Bay Sport And Recreation Centre ... more
  • Here's our first look at designs for the new $25m basketball stadium planned for Hillsborough. You'd remember that we were successful in getting a financial DA lodged for new $25m basketball and sports stadium 22nd June 2020 Here's our first look at designs for the new $25m basketball stadium planned for Hillsborough. You'd remember that we were successful in getting a financial ... more
  • Some good news today for local households with the State's independent pricing regulator agreeing to Hunter Water's new pricing structure which will see the average Average water bill to fall by $48 a year 16th June 2020 Some good news today for local households with the State's independent pricing regulator agreeing to Hunter Water's new pricing structure which will see the average ... more
  • Given the rain we've had here on the coast over the past few months, as well as the significant distraction of the Covid pandemic, it's been easy to forget that much Drought is not over yet, be water wise 15th June 2020 Given the rain we've had here on the coast over the past few months, as well as the significant distraction of the Covid pandemic, it's been easy to forget that much ... more
  • Here's a brief summary of the restrictions being eased from tomorrow. Please understand that I simply don't know when other restrictions will be lifted. Summary of restrictions being eased tomorrow 12th June 2020 Here's a brief summary of the restrictions being eased from tomorrow. Please understand that I simply don't know when other restrictions will be lifted. ... more
  • The Premier has announced more restrictions will be eased from this Saturday, June 13. Among them: Up to 20 people will be able to visit your home More Covid restrictions to be eased 11th June 2020 The Premier has announced more restrictions will be eased from this Saturday, June 13. Among them: Up to 20 people will be able to visit your home ... more
  • The Premier has announced this morning that all local sport will be able to resume from July 1 - that's junior sport and adult competition. More details will be Local sport to resume on July 1 10th June 2020 The Premier has announced this morning that all local sport will be able to resume from July 1 - that's junior sport and adult competition. More details will be ... more
  • I've been advised that a section of Macquarie Road at Cardiff will be closed at night next week for a significant rebuild. The 650m section between John Street Rebuild planned for part of Macquarie Road 10th June 2020 I've been advised that a section of Macquarie Road at Cardiff will be closed at night next week for a significant rebuild. The 650m section between John Street ... more
  • I paid tribute to the late Harry Buckley in a Private Member's Statement to Parliament this week. Harry, as many of you know, was among our most decorated and respected ex-servicemen, who passed away last month to illness. Lest We Forget: Harry Buckley 5th June 2020 I paid tribute to the late Harry Buckley in a Private Member's Statement to Parliament this week. Harry, as many of you know, was among our most decorated and respected ex-servicemen, who passed away last month to illness. ... more
  • Hunter Health has advised that we currently have NO diagnosed or active cases of Covid-19 in the Hunter Region. That's great news and something I didn't No active Covid case in the region 5th June 2020 Hunter Health has advised that we currently have NO diagnosed or active cases of Covid-19 in the Hunter Region. That's great news and something I didn't ... more
  • In good news for those who travel down the M1 regularly, the new lanes between Doyalson and Tuggerah are now all open. That's three northbound and three New lanes open on the M1 4th June 2020 In good news for those who travel down the M1 regularly, the new lanes between Doyalson and Tuggerah are now all open. That's three northbound and three ... more
  • Back in Parliament today but joined our nurses, teachers and other frontline workers this morning in their rally against the planned wage freeze. I've already Backing our nurses and teachers 2nd June 2020 Back in Parliament today but joined our nurses, teachers and other frontline workers this morning in their rally against the planned wage freeze. I've already ... more
  • The Premier has today announced that gyms, pools, tattoo studios, dance schools and yoga classes will be allowed to reopen from June 13. She has also Covid: Gyms and community centres to reopen 2nd June 2020 The Premier has today announced that gyms, pools, tattoo studios, dance schools and yoga classes will be allowed to reopen from June 13. She has also ... more
  • The State Government will ease Covid-19 restrictions from tomorrow, June 1. They include general rules about gatherings, the operations of pubs, clubs and cafes, Covid restrictions eased from tomorrow 31st May 2020 The State Government will ease Covid-19 restrictions from tomorrow, June 1. They include general rules about gatherings, the operations of pubs, clubs and cafes, ... more
  • Who knew that monkeys formed such an integral part of Eraring's history? Local historian Doug Saxon has done an extraordinary job in documenting Eraring's history remembered in new book 28th May 2020 Who knew that monkeys formed such an integral part of Eraring's history? Local historian Doug Saxon has done an extraordinary job in documenting ... more
  • I know there will be divided opinion on the public sector wage freeze announced by the Premier today, but I strongly oppose the Government's move. I understand Why I oppose the public sector wage freeze 27th May 2020 I know there will be divided opinion on the public sector wage freeze announced by the Premier today, but I strongly oppose the Government's move. I understand ... more
  • Happy to report that nine local sporting groups have had small grants approved to improve their facilities or upgrade equipment. The grants are made Sporting clubs land State grants 26th May 2020 Happy to report that nine local sporting groups have had small grants approved to improve their facilities or upgrade equipment. The grants are made ... more
  • Very sad to learn about the passing of Harry Buckley, one of our region's most decorated and respected ex-servicemen. Harry was patron of the South Lake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch (Morisset), and was a mentor to many. Vale Harry Buckley. Lest We Forget 21st May 2020 Very sad to learn about the passing of Harry Buckley, one of our region's most decorated and respected ex-servicemen. Harry was patron of the South Lake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch (Morisset), and was a mentor to many. ... more
  • Ever wondered why some roads have the occasional blue reflective 'cat's eyes' instead of the usual yellow? They're actually used by Fire and Rescue and the RFS Grants will improve emergency response operations 20th May 2020 Ever wondered why some roads have the occasional blue reflective 'cat's eyes' instead of the usual yellow? They're actually used by Fire and Rescue and the RFS ... more
  • Travelling throughout NSW for any reason will be allowed again from June 1 under announcements made today by the State Government. Travel restrictions to be eased from June 1 20th May 2020 Travelling throughout NSW for any reason will be allowed again from June 1 under announcements made today by the State Government. ... more
  • The State Government has announced funding for a program that will improve the way things work for emergency patients at local hospitals. New support for hospital emergency patients 19th May 2020 The State Government has announced funding for a program that will improve the way things work for emergency patients at local hospitals. ... more
  • The premier has confirmed that students will return to school full-time from next Monday, May 25. I understand it's a decision that will delight many parents, Schools back to full operations next Monday 19th May 2020 The premier has confirmed that students will return to school full-time from next Monday, May 25. I understand it's a decision that will delight many parents, ... more
  • Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday, May 15. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions. Q & A: what you can and can't do from today 14th May 2020 Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday, May 15. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions. ... more
  • Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions. Q & A on Friday's easing of COVID-19 restrictions 13th May 2020 Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions. ... more
  • As a former nurse in mental health and developmental disability, I know the challenges that our nurses face not just today but every day. International Nurses Day 12th May 2020 As a former nurse in mental health and developmental disability, I know the challenges that our nurses face not just today but every day. ... more
  • Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mums out there. Where would we be without you? Stay safe today, stay well and enjoy some time out! Happy Mother's Day 10th May 2020 Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mums out there. Where would we be without you? Stay safe today, stay well and enjoy some time out! ... more
  • With every restriction or every easing there will be questions, particularly for people or organisations that don’t quite fit the simple prescription. We will More details on easing of restrictions 10th May 2020 With every restriction or every easing there will be questions, particularly for people or organisations that don’t quite fit the simple prescription. We will ... more
  • The Prime Minister has just announced a three-step process to ease the country out of the COVID-19 restrictions. He is allowing the States to set their PM announces staged easing of COVID-19 restrictions 8th May 2020 The Prime Minister has just announced a three-step process to ease the country out of the COVID-19 restrictions. He is allowing the States to set their ... more
  • A six-lane drive-through Covid-19 testing facility will open in the region tomorrow and remain open until May 17. The clinic will be able to test up to 900 people COVID: major testing facility to open 7th May 2020 A six-lane drive-through Covid-19 testing facility will open in the region tomorrow and remain open until May 17. The clinic will be able to test up to 900 people ... more
  • There's been an expansion of the popular Creative Kids and Active Kids programs in NSW which provide parents with $100 vouchers for cultural and Creative Kids program expanded 7th May 2020 There's been an expansion of the popular Creative Kids and Active Kids programs in NSW which provide parents with $100 vouchers for cultural and ... more
  • I know many people will be pleased to hear that elective surgery is being restarted at local hospitals and surgeries. Cancelled because of the Covid-19 Elective surgery to start up again 7th May 2020 I know many people will be pleased to hear that elective surgery is being restarted at local hospitals and surgeries. Cancelled because of the Covid-19 ... more
  • I've been in touch with the Premier again today about the possible easing of restrictions on some non-contact sports and hobbies (including pigeon racing) New push to allow families to go camping 6th May 2020 I've been in touch with the Premier again today about the possible easing of restrictions on some non-contact sports and hobbies (including pigeon racing) ... more
  • Here's a few updated stats from NSW Health. They're very encouraging but we have to remember that while testing is being increased they obviously No new cases for nine days 5th May 2020 Here's a few updated stats from NSW Health. They're very encouraging but we have to remember that while testing is being increased they obviously ... more
  • Do you know of a sporting, community or social group that could do with improved facilities? Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership Applications open for Community Building Partnership grants 4th May 2020 Do you know of a sporting, community or social group that could do with improved facilities? Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership ... more
  • While fuel prices are at historic lows, there's still a 30c/litre price difference between some local petrol stations. To find the cheapest fuel near you Find the cheapest petrol prices near you 4th May 2020 While fuel prices are at historic lows, there's still a 30c/litre price difference between some local petrol stations. To find the cheapest fuel near you ... more
  • I've had the great privilege of knowing NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons for many years. His efforts during the recent bushfire Shane Fitzsimmons stands down as fire chief 30th April 2020 I've had the great privilege of knowing NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons for many years. His efforts during the recent bushfire ... more
  • A couple of quick updates on COVID-19. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced this morning that current social restrictions will be slightly eased Visiting restrictions to be eased 28th April 2020 A couple of quick updates on COVID-19. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced this morning that current social restrictions will be slightly eased ... more
  • After a decade of community campaigning, an independently-operated air quality monitor will be installed in the local area. Air quality monitor for Lake Macquarie 27th April 2020 After a decade of community campaigning, an independently-operated air quality monitor will be installed in the local area. ... more
  • Lyn and I have both downloaded the COVIDSafe app. We were amongst the first 1 million who did because we believe it is for the greater good and Download the app to be Covid aware 27th April 2020 Lyn and I have both downloaded the COVIDSafe app. We were amongst the first 1 million who did because we believe it is for the greater good and ... more
  • While we are facing challenging times, those challenges don't compare to those faced by the servicemen and women who defended Age shall not weary them, or the years condemn 25th April 2020 While we are facing challenging times, those challenges don't compare to those faced by the servicemen and women who defended ... more
  • The 'missing link' on Munibung Road is now open. The new link extends from the Bunnings roundabout at Boolaroo to Cardiff industrial estate and Munibung Road extension now open 24th April 2020 The 'missing link' on Munibung Road is now open. The new link extends from the Bunnings roundabout at Boolaroo to Cardiff industrial estate and ... more
  • It's now two weeks since someone in the local area caught COVID19 from an unknown source. That means that our health agencies have been able All current COVID cases tracked and isolated 23rd April 2020 It's now two weeks since someone in the local area caught COVID19 from an unknown source. That means that our health agencies have been able ... more
  • I know many local people will be marking Anzac Day from their lounge rooms or with a candle in their driveway this Saturday, but don't forget that the Sydney ANZAC service to be broadcast live 22nd April 2020 I know many local people will be marking Anzac Day from their lounge rooms or with a candle in their driveway this Saturday, but don't forget that the Sydney ... more
  • While everyone's battling to keep away from Covid-19, NSW Health is also asking people to get a seasonal flu shot as we head towards winter. Don't forget your seasonal flu shot 22nd April 2020 While everyone's battling to keep away from Covid-19, NSW Health is also asking people to get a seasonal flu shot as we head towards winter. ... more
  • I know there are a lot of divided opinions on this issue, and it's likely that all or most are partly right because the situation is different for everyone who Schools to start transitional reopening 21st April 2020 I know there are a lot of divided opinions on this issue, and it's likely that all or most are partly right because the situation is different for everyone who ... more
  • Here's the latest update from Hunter-New England Health. Importantly, Lake Macquarie is no longer considered a hot spot. No Covid-19 hot spots currently in the area 20th April 2020 Here's the latest update from Hunter-New England Health. Importantly, Lake Macquarie is no longer considered a hot spot. ... more
  • My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklet is currently being delivered to all homes in my electorate. With Anzac Day services all cancelled 2020 Anzac Day booklet on its way 16th April 2020 My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklet is currently being delivered to all homes in my electorate. With Anzac Day services all cancelled ... more
  • Pleased to see that Lake Macquarie City Council has moved to reopen Awaba Tip. I received a number of complaints when it was closed and raised Council to reopen Awaba tip 16th April 2020 Pleased to see that Lake Macquarie City Council has moved to reopen Awaba Tip. I received a number of complaints when it was closed and raised ... more
  • Here's some great news for everyone who's done so much to slow the spread of COVID, but we can't take the foot off the pedal just yet because we have a long Some good news in the fight against COVID-19 15th April 2020 Here's some great news for everyone who's done so much to slow the spread of COVID, but we can't take the foot off the pedal just yet because we have a long ... more
  • The State Government has announced a $440m emergency package for residential tenants and landlords which I believe will go a long way $440m package for tenants and landlords 14th April 2020 The State Government has announced a $440m emergency package for residential tenants and landlords which I believe will go a long way ... more
  • What an incredibly challenging year we have had, and we have more tough weeks and months ahead. But with all the adversity, we have also seen a wonderful Happy Easter to you all 12th April 2020 What an incredibly challenging year we have had, and we have more tough weeks and months ahead. But with all the adversity, we have also seen a wonderful ... more
  • I’m very happy to report a huge drop in youth crime rates across Cardiff over the past 18 months, thanks to a collaborative effort headed by Community Great effort sees Cardiff crime rates fall 10th April 2020 I’m very happy to report a huge drop in youth crime rates across Cardiff over the past 18 months, thanks to a collaborative effort headed by Community ... more
  • Really pleased to announce the new Wangi Wangi jetty officially open! Co-funded by Transport for NSW and Lake Macquarie City Council, will not only be New Wangi jetty opens 9th April 2020 Really pleased to announce the new Wangi Wangi jetty officially open! Co-funded by Transport for NSW and Lake Macquarie City Council, will not only be ... more
  • You might have seen NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller on the news warning that going out for a casual drive can now attract Stay home this Easter long weekend 8th April 2020 You might have seen NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller on the news warning that going out for a casual drive can now attract ... more
  • NSW TAFE is now offering 21 free courses to jobseekers and those seeking new skills. After years of TAFE being gutted by State governments, Free TAFE courses available now 7th April 2020 NSW TAFE is now offering 21 free courses to jobseekers and those seeking new skills. After years of TAFE being gutted by State governments, ... more
  • Got a learner driver in your family or run a driving school? Superintendent Danny Sullivan provides some clarity on that issue here. The COVID rules on learner driving 6th April 2020 Got a learner driver in your family or run a driving school? Superintendent Danny Sullivan provides some clarity on that issue here. ... more
  • Quite a few people have contacted me about the postcode breakdowns of confirmed COVID-19 cases that are getting around on Facebook COVID-19: be wary of postcode data 3rd April 2020 Quite a few people have contacted me about the postcode breakdowns of confirmed COVID-19 cases that are getting around on Facebook ... more
  • I want to be perfectly clear on the current rules around fishing and boating. Not surprisingly it’s been a major issue in the local area and a lot of The latest on fishing and boating rules 3rd April 2020 I want to be perfectly clear on the current rules around fishing and boating. Not surprisingly it’s been a major issue in the local area and a lot of ... more
  • On the advice of NSW Health and the NSW Parliament my Toronto office is now closed, but my staff and I are continuing to work and are available Office closed, but we're still here to help 2nd April 2020 On the advice of NSW Health and the NSW Parliament my Toronto office is now closed, but my staff and I are continuing to work and are available ... more
  • Here's an important message from Lake Macquarie police chief Superintendent Danny Sullivan regarding the new rules around travel and gatherings An important message from Lake Macquarie police chief 1st April 2020 Here's an important message from Lake Macquarie police chief Superintendent Danny Sullivan regarding the new rules around travel and gatherings ... more
  • AN IMPORTANT UPDATE on the rules around fishing and boating. Acting on new legal advice, Police Minister David Elliott has just announced that COVID-19: fishing and boating rules 1st April 2020 AN IMPORTANT UPDATE on the rules around fishing and boating. Acting on new legal advice, Police Minister David Elliott has just announced that ... more
  • Here's the latest update from the State Government and NSW Health. Please stay informed, stay safe and stay home. COVID-19 Update 31st March 2020 Here's the latest update from the State Government and NSW Health. Please stay informed, stay safe and stay home. ... more
  • I put a number of questions to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard Health Minister responds to questions on ventilators and temporary hospitals 27th March 2020 I put a number of questions to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard ... more
  • Please support our local restaurants and cafes during the current pandemic. They might be closed to in-house dining, but they're open for takeaways! Lake Macquarie cafes and restaurants open for takeaway, deliveries and online orders 27th March 2020 Please support our local restaurants and cafes during the current pandemic. They might be closed to in-house dining, but they're open for takeaways! ... more
  • With so many people losing jobs and so many businesses forced to temporarily shut their doors, my office is getting a lot of inquiries about rental assistance Assistance for tenants and landlords 26th March 2020 With so many people losing jobs and so many businesses forced to temporarily shut their doors, my office is getting a lot of inquiries about rental assistance ... more
  • A massive day in State Parliament today with the Government introducing emergency measures which I never thought we'd see or require in our lifetime.
COVID-19 Update 24th March 2020 A massive day in State Parliament today with the Government introducing emergency measures which I never thought we'd see or require in our lifetime. ... more
  • Almost 30 sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been successful in securing grants to improve or construct facilities $300,000 for Lake Macquarie community projects 20th March 2020 Almost 30 sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been successful in securing grants to improve or construct facilities ... more
  • Like so many others, I'm increasingly concerned about the amount of misinformation getting around on social media. COVID-19 Update 13th March 2020 Like so many others, I'm increasingly concerned about the amount of misinformation getting around on social media. ... more
  • Hunter New England Health has released a further statement about its screening procedures for coronavirus (COVID-19) at John Hunter Hospital. COVID-19 Update 11th March 2020 Hunter New England Health has released a further statement about its screening procedures for coronavirus (COVID-19) at John Hunter Hospital. ... more
  • What’s the difference between China, Bali, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia and New South Wales? Well, New South Wales is the ONLY place which Government must act fast on single-use plastics 9th March 2020 What’s the difference between China, Bali, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia and New South Wales? Well, New South Wales is the ONLY place which ... more
  • It was wonderful to watch Justine Lorenz from Brightwaters win the Community Hero Award at this morning's NSW Women of the Year Awards. Justine wins top honour 6th March 2020 It was wonderful to watch Justine Lorenz from Brightwaters win the Community Hero Award at this morning's NSW Women of the Year Awards. ... more
  • One of the new mobile phone detection cameras was set up in the Hunter Valley for nine days recently. It caught 370 drivers illegally using their Mobile phone detection cameras now in use 26th February 2020 One of the new mobile phone detection cameras was set up in the Hunter Valley for nine days recently. It caught 370 drivers illegally using their ... more
  • Great to see better facilities being provided at our local pools. I joined Mayor Kay Fraser at Speers Point pool this morning to check out the new shade A new look for Speers Point Pool 18th February 2020 Great to see better facilities being provided at our local pools. I joined Mayor Kay Fraser at Speers Point pool this morning to check out the new shade ... more
  • The recent deluge has restored some much-needed supplies in our local dams, so current water restrictions will be turned down a notch from Level 2 to Water restrictions to be eased 18th February 2020 The recent deluge has restored some much-needed supplies in our local dams, so current water restrictions will be turned down a notch from Level 2 to ... more
  • How good is this? I again extend my thanks to our 10 local RFS units and all our emergency services personnel who have worked tirelessly for months. All bushfires are now contained 14th February 2020 How good is this? I again extend my thanks to our 10 local RFS units and all our emergency services personnel who have worked tirelessly for months. ... more
  • There's been a fair bit of coverage in the media about the $250 seniors travel card which I think has confused a lot of people. For the record, if you're $250 travel card available for seniors 3rd February 2020 There's been a fair bit of coverage in the media about the $250 seniors travel card which I think has confused a lot of people. For the record, if you're ... more
  • UPDATE: I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation and explanation. Delay sought to seismic testing in lake 31st January 2020 UPDATE: I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation and explanation. ... more
  • **UPDATE** I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation Seismic mapping in Lake Macquarie 31st January 2020 **UPDATE** I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation ... more
  • A sensible outcome for the disposal of contaminated soil at Boolaroo has finally been decided. My media release explains the details: New deal to assist Boolaroo land owners 17th January 2020 A sensible outcome for the disposal of contaminated soil at Boolaroo has finally been decided. My media release explains the details: ... more
  • With Level 2 water restrictions commencing on Monday, we all need to be mindful about how much water we're using. Free shower timers available 15th January 2020 With Level 2 water restrictions commencing on Monday, we all need to be mindful about how much water we're using. ... more
  • Our police Local Area Commander, Daniel Sullivan has advised that the Emergency Operations Centre will stand down at 6pm today. Fires now under control 5th January 2020 Our police Local Area Commander, Daniel Sullivan has advised that the Emergency Operations Centre will stand down at 6pm today. ... more
  • Extreme heat has seen the opening of our Emergency Operations Centre under the command of our local police chief, Daniel Sullivan. Emergency Operations Centre open 4th January 2020 Extreme heat has seen the opening of our Emergency Operations Centre under the command of our local police chief, Daniel Sullivan. ... more
  • A lot of people having been giving their time to look after our local firefighters. Lots of others brought donations of water, assorted other drinks Community continues to rally 3rd January 2020 A lot of people having been giving their time to look after our local firefighters. Lots of others brought donations of water, assorted other drinks ... more
  • Amazing response from local residents through Wangi Men’s Shed, Wangi Lions and community volunteers to look after our emergency services Community gets behind our firefighters 3rd January 2020 Amazing response from local residents through Wangi Men’s Shed, Wangi Lions and community volunteers to look after our emergency services ... more
  • With a bit of help from the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, Santa will be making his annual boat trek down the western side of the lake this afternoon. Santa set for his annual Lake cruise 24th December 2019 With a bit of help from the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, Santa will be making his annual boat trek down the western side of the lake this afternoon. ... more
  • Lyn and I wanted to take this quick opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I must also thank all of my staff who've had a really busy Merry Christmas everyone! 20th December 2019 Lyn and I wanted to take this quick opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I must also thank all of my staff who've had a really busy ... more
  • Can you believe it's almost 30 years since the Newcastle earthquake? I know there are many, many Lake Macquarie residents with remarkable stories Preparations under way for earthquake commemoration 19th December 2019 Can you believe it's almost 30 years since the Newcastle earthquake? I know there are many, many Lake Macquarie residents with remarkable stories ... more
  • Congratulations to all our local students receiving their HSC results today. We all know how much work goes into it, so be proud of what you've Congrats to all our HSC students 17th December 2019 Congratulations to all our local students receiving their HSC results today. We all know how much work goes into it, so be proud of what you've ... more
  • With very hot days forecast for Thursday and Saturday, a total fire ban will be in effect throughout the entire State from midnight tonight. Statewide total fire ban now in force 17th December 2019 With very hot days forecast for Thursday and Saturday, a total fire ban will be in effect throughout the entire State from midnight tonight. ... more
  • Devastating to hear that ABC Newcastle presenter Jill Emberson lost her very public battle with ovarian cancer overnight. Jill was incredibly Jill Emberson leaves a tremendous legacy 13th December 2019 Devastating to hear that ABC Newcastle presenter Jill Emberson lost her very public battle with ovarian cancer overnight. Jill was incredibly ... more
  • Some big news this morning on the future of Myuna Bay Sport and Rec Centre. I'm about to attend a media conference where Acting Sports Minister Geoff Lee A new sport and rec centre for Myuna Bay 12th December 2019 Some big news this morning on the future of Myuna Bay Sport and Rec Centre. I'm about to attend a media conference where Acting Sports Minister Geoff Lee ... more
  • The new 2020 Seniors Card Directory has arrived and copies are available free from my Toronto office. Seniors Card directories now available 10th December 2019 The new 2020 Seniors Card Directory has arrived and copies are available free from my Toronto office. ... more
  • The State Government has announced today that Level 2 water restrictions will start on January 20. Level 2 water restrictions to start on Jan 20 9th December 2019 The State Government has announced today that Level 2 water restrictions will start on January 20. ... more
  • Not a chance of Santa missing Hayward Place at Cooranbong this year with many homes again decked out with thousands of Christmas lights and fantastic displays. Christmas displays raising funds for farmers 5th December 2019 Not a chance of Santa missing Hayward Place at Cooranbong this year with many homes again decked out with thousands of Christmas lights and fantastic displays. ... more
  • A very good article in today's Newcastle Herald about hazard reduction burning and the recent bushfires. In an age where everyone wants to blame someone Adverse weather restricts winter burn-offs 27th November 2019 A very good article in today's Newcastle Herald about hazard reduction burning and the recent bushfires. In an age where everyone wants to blame someone ... more
  • Copies of Legal Aid's 2020 diary for older people are now available in my Toronto office. The diary is popular among local seniors as it contains useful Available now: free diaries for seniors 25th November 2019 Copies of Legal Aid's 2020 diary for older people are now available in my Toronto office. The diary is popular among local seniors as it contains useful ... more
  • Another milestone for arts in Lake Macquarie with the opening of the expanded art gallery at Booragul, now truly a Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). New-look Lake Mac art gallery opens 23rd November 2019 Another milestone for arts in Lake Macquarie with the opening of the expanded art gallery at Booragul, now truly a Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). ... more
  • As frustrating as it is, we're still waiting on the second report regarding the risk posed to Myuna Bay by Origin Energy's ash dam wall at Eraring. Have your say on Eraring ash dam expansion plan 22nd November 2019 As frustrating as it is, we're still waiting on the second report regarding the risk posed to Myuna Bay by Origin Energy's ash dam wall at Eraring. ... more
  • Congratulations to Carey Bay-Toronto Scout Group on firstly reestablishing this year, and secondly on reopening of the Carey Bay Scout Hall today! Carey Bay Scout Hall reopened today 17th November 2019 Congratulations to Carey Bay-Toronto Scout Group on firstly reestablishing this year, and secondly on reopening of the Carey Bay Scout Hall today! ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Police are seeking community assistance regarding four fires which broke out in the Morisset area yesterday. It’s frightening to think Police suspect firebugs were behind Morisset fires 13th November 2019 Lake Macquarie Police are seeking community assistance regarding four fires which broke out in the Morisset area yesterday. It’s frightening to think ... more
  • While there is currently no immediate fire threat locally, a catastrophic fire danger rating has been issued for tomorrow. My office has had a number of Preparations under way as severe fire weather approaches 11th November 2019 While there is currently no immediate fire threat locally, a catastrophic fire danger rating has been issued for tomorrow. My office has had a number of ... more
  • A couple of nasty accidents to be aware of. Emergency services currently have Fishery Point Road and Campview Rd at Morisset closed due to an accident Two separate accidents close local roads 7th November 2019 A couple of nasty accidents to be aware of. Emergency services currently have Fishery Point Road and Campview Rd at Morisset closed due to an accident ... more
  • I absolutely agree with the AMWU in this Newcastle Herald article and I'm glad they're on board. I've been hammering away at the Government for some time on this exact issue. Unions fear social strife in Hunter without coal transition 6th November 2019 I absolutely agree with the AMWU in this Newcastle Herald article and I'm glad they're on board. I've been hammering away at the Government for some time on this exact issue. ... more
  • Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today welcomed State funding of $201,000 to Lake Macquarie City Council for local floodplain management and development $201,000 for flood management in Lake Macquarie 28th October 2019 Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today welcomed State funding of $201,000 to Lake Macquarie City Council for local floodplain management and development ... more
  • Applications are now open for this year's Local Sports Grant Program. A total of $35,000 is available to sporting groups in the Lake Macquarie electorate Applications for sport grants now open 15th October 2019 Applications are now open for this year's Local Sports Grant Program. A total of $35,000 is available to sporting groups in the Lake Macquarie electorate ... more
  • Pleased to report that we've managed to get another Opal card top-up station back in Toronto. Opal cardholders can now top up their cards at Opal top-ups now available at Service NSW Toronto 3rd October 2019 Pleased to report that we've managed to get another Opal card top-up station back in Toronto. Opal cardholders can now top up their cards at ... more
  • The new 2019-20 Lake Macquarie tide charts are now available courtesy of Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie. It's an essential if you like fishing or boating on the lake New tide charts now available 30th September 2019 The new 2019-20 Lake Macquarie tide charts are now available courtesy of Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie. It's an essential if you like fishing or boating on the lake ... more
  • There is truly a lot happening at Wyee and just one significant development is the new Wyee Rural Fire Brigade Station which was officially opened today. New headquarters for Wyee RFS opened 28th September 2019 There is truly a lot happening at Wyee and just one significant development is the new Wyee Rural Fire Brigade Station which was officially opened today. ... more
  • Very proud to have been a part of history today when the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill passed through the Parliament. Abortion decriminalised in NSW 26th September 2019 Very proud to have been a part of history today when the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill passed through the Parliament. ... more
  • A new road rule comes in to force tomorrow and everyone really needs to get their heads around it because it carries a $457 fine. I also fear it's going to create New road rule comes into force tomorrow 25th September 2019 A new road rule comes in to force tomorrow and everyone really needs to get their heads around it because it carries a $457 fine. I also fear it's going to create ... more
  • It's been a long wait for the Wangi community but I'm pleased to see that Lake Macquarie council will finally begin work on the new jetty near the RSL club Work to start on new Wangi jetty 19th September 2019 It's been a long wait for the Wangi community but I'm pleased to see that Lake Macquarie council will finally begin work on the new jetty near the RSL club ... more
  • The Lake Macquarie electorate is home to Eraring Power Station. It is the largest coal-fired power station in Australia, producing 2880MW at full capacity and My submission: Inquiry into Sustainability of Energy Supply and Resources in NSW 12th September 2019 The Lake Macquarie electorate is home to Eraring Power Station. It is the largest coal-fired power station in Australia, producing 2880MW at full capacity and ... more
  • The three winners of My Community Project funding have been announced following the public vote. Congratulations to the Development and Relief Agency My Community Project winners announced 6th September 2019 The three winners of My Community Project funding have been announced following the public vote. Congratulations to the Development and Relief Agency ... more
  • This is wonderful news for Avondale College, but it also means we're a step closer to having a fully-accredited university in Lake Macquarie. Avondale inches closer to full university status 4th September 2019 This is wonderful news for Avondale College, but it also means we're a step closer to having a fully-accredited university in Lake Macquarie. ... more
  • Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership grants are now open. These grants are available for small infrastructure projects run Applications open for CBP funding grants 3rd September 2019 Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership grants are now open. These grants are available for small infrastructure projects run ... more
  • The covers have today come off a $235m plan to redevelop the privately-owned Morisset Country Club site. In short, the proposal includes five separate Stage set with $235m plan for Morisset Country Club site 30th August 2019 The covers have today come off a $235m plan to redevelop the privately-owned Morisset Country Club site. In short, the proposal includes five separate ... more
  • It's Daffodil Day and The Cancer Council is taking donations and selling daffodils and great merchandise outside Simply Pharmacy on The Boulevarde at Toronto today. Helen brightens up for Daffodil Day 23rd August 2019 It's Daffodil Day and The Cancer Council is taking donations and selling daffodils and great merchandise outside Simply Pharmacy on The Boulevarde at Toronto today. ... more
  • For the first time in 25 years, water restrictions will apply throughout Lake Macquarie and the broader Hunter Region from September 16 as the drought Water restrictions from September 16 23rd August 2019 For the first time in 25 years, water restrictions will apply throughout Lake Macquarie and the broader Hunter Region from September 16 as the drought ... more
  • The number of complaints about illegal trail bikers in the area has become a significant problem. The rules are pretty simple, as Lake Macquarie Police Unregistered trail bikers on notice 22nd August 2019 The number of complaints about illegal trail bikers in the area has become a significant problem. The rules are pretty simple, as Lake Macquarie Police ... more
  • A State Government deal to take control of the former Pasminco lead and zinc smelter site at Boolaroo will unlock the area and deliver unprecedented growth Boolaroo deal will deliver thousands of jobs and a $1.8billion economic boost 20th August 2019 A State Government deal to take control of the former Pasminco lead and zinc smelter site at Boolaroo will unlock the area and deliver unprecedented growth ... more