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  • I don't think there's a school, club, pub, business or community group in Lake Macquarie which has not contributed in some way towards helping those affected by the drought. I am extremely proud to represent this community in the Parliament and extremely proud of the way we pull together when needed... Lake Macquarie community digs deep for farmers 20th September 2018 I don't think there's a school, club, pub, business or community group in Lake Macquarie which has not contributed in some way towards helping those affected by the drought. I am extremely proud to represent this community in the Parliament and extremely proud of the way we pull together when needed... ... more
  • More than $140,000 has been secured to improve facilities at the popular Morisset PCYC centre. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has secured $140,312 in funding for the Kahibah Street centre, enabling it to install state-of-the-art insulation and fans.
$140,000 secured for Morisset PCYC 14th September 2018 More than $140,000 has been secured to improve facilities at the popular Morisset PCYC centre. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has secured $140,312 in funding for the Kahibah Street centre, enabling it to install state-of-the-art insulation and fans. ... more
  • We all know life has its ups and downs, but some people could be doing it tougher than you think. It's always a good idea to check in on the well-being of those close to you. How are you going? 13th September 2018 We all know life has its ups and downs, but some people could be doing it tougher than you think. It's always a good idea to check in on the well-being of those close to you. ... more
  • Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has welcomed $180,000 worth of State funding to better monitor the condition of local beaches and the lake. The announcement follows a successful funding application from Lake Macquarie City Council which will fund the remaining half of the project cost.
Funding will provide report card on health of lake and beaches 28th August 2018 Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has welcomed $180,000 worth of State funding to better monitor the condition of local beaches and the lake. The announcement follows a successful funding application from Lake Macquarie City Council which will fund the remaining half of the project cost. ... more
  • Quite a few people have contacted my office about the marine parks flagged by the State Government. It's clearly an issue which has polarised a lot of people and the truth is getting lost in some of the debate. Marine park plan opened for public comment 28th August 2018 Quite a few people have contacted my office about the marine parks flagged by the State Government. It's clearly an issue which has polarised a lot of people and the truth is getting lost in some of the debate. ... more
  • Don't let the awful shenanigans in Canberra distract you from the fact it's Daffodil Day! Volunteers from the Cancer Council NSW - Hunter Region are selling daffodils and fantastic merchandise outside Simply Pharmacy on The Boulevard at Toronto until about 3.30 today Throw your support behind Daffodil Day 24th August 2018 Don't let the awful shenanigans in Canberra distract you from the fact it's Daffodil Day! Volunteers from the Cancer Council NSW - Hunter Region are selling daffodils and fantastic merchandise outside Simply Pharmacy on The Boulevard at Toronto until about 3.30 today ... more
  • Work on the $3.3m upgrade of the Fishery Point Road intersection with Macquarie Street at Morisset will start on Tuesday. Work to start on Fishery Point Road intersection 23rd August 2018 Work on the $3.3m upgrade of the Fishery Point Road intersection with Macquarie Street at Morisset will start on Tuesday. ... more
  • Lake Macquarie council has plans to revitalise the Toronto foreshore. A lot of people have already contacted me with concerns about parts of council's development plan, Have your say on Toronto foreshore plan 17th August 2018 Lake Macquarie council has plans to revitalise the Toronto foreshore. A lot of people have already contacted me with concerns about parts of council's development plan, ... more
  • I spoke in Parliament last night about the high rate of road fatalities in Lake Macquarie. A lot of people are quick to blame the roads, but in my opinion they are not the main cause. We have to address our road safety problems 15th August 2018 I spoke in Parliament last night about the high rate of road fatalities in Lake Macquarie. A lot of people are quick to blame the roads, but in my opinion they are not the main cause. ... more
  • A new Reverse Vending Machine is now up and running at Morisset Country Club. The machine operates between 7am and 7pm. Reverse Vending Machine now open at Morisset 30th July 2018 A new Reverse Vending Machine is now up and running at Morisset Country Club. The machine operates between 7am and 7pm. ... more
  • All services on route 263 will divert via Cardiff South between Cardiff Station and Charlestown. Residents in the Cardiff South and Hillsborough area will now have direct connections to Charlestown Square, Cardiff Station and Stockland Glendale with an additional 211 trips per week.
 Route 263 Returns to the Cardiff Area 27th July 2018 All services on route 263 will divert via Cardiff South between Cardiff Station and Charlestown. Residents in the Cardiff South and Hillsborough area will now have direct connections to Charlestown Square, Cardiff Station and Stockland Glendale with an additional 211 trips per week. ... more
  • Nominations for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards are now open. If you know of any remarkable women in our community you can nominate them on the following link.
Nominates open for Women of the Year Awards 17th July 2018 Nominations for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards are now open. If you know of any remarkable women in our community you can nominate them on the following link. ... more
  • Some good news from the RMS: they've listened to our feedback on the Fishery Point Rd/Macquarie Street intersection and have made changes to the proposed works. The on-street parking along Macquarie Street will be RETAINED, and other sections widened. Project update: Fishery Point Rd and Macquarie Street intersection 22nd June 2018 Some good news from the RMS: they've listened to our feedback on the Fishery Point Rd/Macquarie Street intersection and have made changes to the proposed works. The on-street parking along Macquarie Street will be RETAINED, and other sections widened. ... more
  • Millions of dollars promised to a range of Lake Macquarie projects have been confirmed by State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet in today’s State Budget. There is funding for the Service NSW office coming to Toronto, and funding to begin the planning works for the installation of lifts at Wyee railway st... Budget funding confirmed for Lake Macquarie projects 19th June 2018 Millions of dollars promised to a range of Lake Macquarie projects have been confirmed by State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet in today’s State Budget. There is funding for the Service NSW office coming to Toronto, and funding to begin the planning works for the installation of lifts at Wyee railway st... ... more
  • After a decade of campaigning, we're getting lifts and a major upgrade of Wyee Station under plans approved today by Transport Minister Andrew Constance. It's a great result for what has been another long community campaign at Wyee. Lifts to be installed at Wyee Station under major upgrade 4th June 2018 After a decade of campaigning, we're getting lifts and a major upgrade of Wyee Station under plans approved today by Transport Minister Andrew Constance. It's a great result for what has been another long community campaign at Wyee. ... more
  • In great news for the people of Wyee, I'll today join State Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin to announce an expansion of the Wyee sewer connection project which will accommodate future growth of the township. $36m Wyee sewer scheme to be expanded 1st June 2018 In great news for the people of Wyee, I'll today join State Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin to announce an expansion of the Wyee sewer connection project which will accommodate future growth of the township. ... more
  • The NSW Government will provide $185,000 to fund an 18-month program which supports at-risk youth in Lake Macquarie to help break the cycle of crime. New funding to tackle cycle of youth crime 1st June 2018 The NSW Government will provide $185,000 to fund an 18-month program which supports at-risk youth in Lake Macquarie to help break the cycle of crime. ... more
  • A full-scale Service NSW office will be built at Toronto, signaling a massive win for the southern and western Lake Macquarie communities which have fought for several years to have government services restored in the area. People power wins fight for Government services at Toronto 1st June 2018 A full-scale Service NSW office will be built at Toronto, signaling a massive win for the southern and western Lake Macquarie communities which have fought for several years to have government services restored in the area. ... more
  • Some great news for Lake Macquarie this morning. I'm hosting NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery to announce that we've secured more than $2m for the council to extend the gallery and build a new multi-arts space in Speers Point Park. $2m funding boost for arts and cultural facilities in Lake Macquarie 30th May 2018 Some great news for Lake Macquarie this morning. I'm hosting NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery to announce that we've secured more than $2m for the council to extend the gallery and build a new multi-arts space in Speers Point Park. ... more
  • For anyone who travels through Morisset, I've been informed by Lake Macquarie council and the RMS that work is about to start on relocating the pedestrian crossing on Dora Street. The new crossing will be located further down the hill and will be controlled by traffic lights. Work to start on new pedestrian lights at Morisset 11th May 2018 For anyone who travels through Morisset, I've been informed by Lake Macquarie council and the RMS that work is about to start on relocating the pedestrian crossing on Dora Street. The new crossing will be located further down the hill and will be controlled by traffic lights. ... more
  • I'm finding it really hard to believe that Telstra could leave an entire suburb without landlines and home internet services for the best part of two months. That's exactly what's happening at Awaba where no one, not even the school, has had a landline since April 5. Telstra's response to Awaba phone fault is unacceptable 9th May 2018 I'm finding it really hard to believe that Telstra could leave an entire suburb without landlines and home internet services for the best part of two months. That's exactly what's happening at Awaba where no one, not even the school, has had a landline since April 5. ... more
  • Kangaroo tourism has become a big thing at Morisset Hospital. Having been widely advertised as a good viewing site on the internet and on social media it is not likely that it can be stopped, but for the wellbeing of the kangaroos and the safety of visitors, there does need to be better education ab... Co-ordinated approach needed to manage 'kangaroo tourists' 2nd May 2018 Kangaroo tourism has become a big thing at Morisset Hospital. Having been widely advertised as a good viewing site on the internet and on social media it is not likely that it can be stopped, but for the wellbeing of the kangaroos and the safety of visitors, there does need to be better education ab... ... more
  • It's been a long time coming but the RMS has released plans to upgrade the Macquarie Street-Fishery Point Road intersection at Morisset. At face value, the plan looks as though it will address the problem with RMS releases plan for Fishery Point Rd intersection 1st May 2018 It's been a long time coming but the RMS has released plans to upgrade the Macquarie Street-Fishery Point Road intersection at Morisset. At face value, the plan looks as though it will address the problem with ... more
  • I’m sure that many of our Diggers had plenty of larrikin in them, but I think they’d agree that this guy probably crossed the line and doesn’t quite reflect the degree of freedom they were fighting for. Just before midnight last night, this person stole the ‘Lest We Forget’ Anzac Day flag Anzac flag theft caught on camera 26th April 2018 I’m sure that many of our Diggers had plenty of larrikin in them, but I think they’d agree that this guy probably crossed the line and doesn’t quite reflect the degree of freedom they were fighting for. Just before midnight last night, this person stole the ‘Lest We Forget’ Anzac Day flag ... more
  • It was an absolute pleasure to present Robyn Charlton with a NSW Government Community Service Award this morning. We put on a little morning tea for Robyn who has worked voluntarily in the local area for many years on countless environmental and community projects. This 
Community service award for Robyn Charlton 26th April 2018 It was an absolute pleasure to present Robyn Charlton with a NSW Government Community Service Award this morning. We put on a little morning tea for Robyn who has worked voluntarily in the local area for many years on countless environmental and community projects. This ... more
  • Thousands of people attended Anzac Day services throughout Lake Macquarie this morning, despite rain putting a dampener on many. Large crowds were on hand for early services at Wangi, Speers Point, Cardiff, Toronto and Morisset, while services at Rathmines featured some spectacular aerial displays. Huge crowds at Anzac Day services 25th April 2018 Thousands of people attended Anzac Day services throughout Lake Macquarie this morning, despite rain putting a dampener on many. Large crowds were on hand for early services at Wangi, Speers Point, Cardiff, Toronto and Morisset, while services at Rathmines featured some spectacular aerial displays. ... more
  • This is what can be achieved when we tackle problems with possible solutions and we get everyone involved in the same room together. The new bus timetables contained problems, particularly in the Cardiff South, Macquarie Hills and Speers Point areas. Keolis Downer confirms changes are coming to new bus timetable 20th April 2018 This is what can be achieved when we tackle problems with possible solutions and we get everyone involved in the same room together. The new bus timetables contained problems, particularly in the Cardiff South, Macquarie Hills and Speers Point areas. ... more
  • I'm a big fan of the Heaven Can Wait - Charity Sailing Regatta staged by Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto each year. Today, event organisers handed over the proceeds to two very worthwhile organisations. Sailing regatta raises more than $45,000. 19th April 2018 I'm a big fan of the Heaven Can Wait - Charity Sailing Regatta staged by Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto each year. Today, event organisers handed over the proceeds to two very worthwhile organisations. ... more
  • Very pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting 14 grants for local sporting clubs from the Office of Sport. The grants help to provide clubs with new equipment, professional development and facilities which are always needed and welcomed in our local area.
Sports clubs snare grants 18th April 2018 Very pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting 14 grants for local sporting clubs from the Office of Sport. The grants help to provide clubs with new equipment, professional development and facilities which are always needed and welcomed in our local area. ... more
  • Happy to report that five sporting organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded State grants to help install life-saving defibrillators at their clubhouses and grounds. Among the recipients are Hunter Mountainbike Association, Lake Macquarie Rowing Club, Life-saving defibrillators for sporting clubhouses 17th April 2018 Happy to report that five sporting organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded State grants to help install life-saving defibrillators at their clubhouses and grounds. Among the recipients are Hunter Mountainbike Association, Lake Macquarie Rowing Club, ... more
  • Very pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting 14 grants for local sporting clubs from the Office of Sport. The grants help to provide clubs with new equipment, development and facilities which are always needed and welcomed in our local area. Local sporting clubs boosted by funding grants 17th April 2018 Very pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting 14 grants for local sporting clubs from the Office of Sport. The grants help to provide clubs with new equipment, development and facilities which are always needed and welcomed in our local area. ... more
  • Keep an eye out for my annual Spirit of Anzac booklet which should be arriving in your letterbox this week. It contains a full guide to this year's Anzac Day services in Lake Macquarie. This year's cover features a fantastic painting of a Catalina flying boat taking off from Rathmines in 1943. Anzac Day booklet is in the mail 16th April 2018 Keep an eye out for my annual Spirit of Anzac booklet which should be arriving in your letterbox this week. It contains a full guide to this year's Anzac Day services in Lake Macquarie. This year's cover features a fantastic painting of a Catalina flying boat taking off from Rathmines in 1943. ... more
  • It was great to address the Stand By Me rally for disability advocacy services at Parliament House today, and to see so many people (many locals) who are the real faces of this campaign. As I told today's meeting, we must continue to work to ensure that disability advocacy services do not become the... Rallying for disability advocacy services 10th April 2018 It was great to address the Stand By Me rally for disability advocacy services at Parliament House today, and to see so many people (many locals) who are the real faces of this campaign. As I told today's meeting, we must continue to work to ensure that disability advocacy services do not become the... ... more
  • This morning’s announcement by the State Government is a great victory for disability services in our area and a great victory for common sense. I’m really pleased that the Government has listened to the community and agreed to put in place much of the plan I’ve been pushing for. Under today’s annou... A great outcome for disability advocacy services 6th April 2018 This morning’s announcement by the State Government is a great victory for disability services in our area and a great victory for common sense. I’m really pleased that the Government has listened to the community and agreed to put in place much of the plan I’ve been pushing for. Under today’s annou... ... more
  • Anzac Day is our chance to pause and remember all the men and women who have served, fought and died in defence of this great country. Please take the opportunity on Anzac Day to attend a service and pay respects to all our service personnel, past and present, Anzac Day Services 2018 4th April 2018 Anzac Day is our chance to pause and remember all the men and women who have served, fought and died in defence of this great country. Please take the opportunity on Anzac Day to attend a service and pay respects to all our service personnel, past and present, ... more
  • Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council has been awarded a $71,615 grant to continue targeting illegal dumping. The money will allow the council to expand its successful illegal dumping prevention program as well as target new hotspots.
New funding to combat illegal dumping in Lake Macquarie 23rd March 2018 Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council has been awarded a $71,615 grant to continue targeting illegal dumping. The money will allow the council to expand its successful illegal dumping prevention program as well as target new hotspots. ... more
  • Some great news for Rathmines, Fishing Point and Speers Point communities today. I'm really pleased to announce that the State Government has come to the party and will contribute $800,000 towards the cost of refurbishing and reopening the heritage-listed Rathmines Community Hall. Million-dollar boost for historic hall and pool projects 20th March 2018 Some great news for Rathmines, Fishing Point and Speers Point communities today. I'm really pleased to announce that the State Government has come to the party and will contribute $800,000 towards the cost of refurbishing and reopening the heritage-listed Rathmines Community Hall. ... more
  • Like everyone else who uses Hillsborough Road, I'm getting concerned about the time taken to release details of the corridor study and masterplan for improvements. Results of the study were supposed to be released late last year. Government must get on with fixing Hillsborough Road 16th March 2018 Like everyone else who uses Hillsborough Road, I'm getting concerned about the time taken to release details of the corridor study and masterplan for improvements. Results of the study were supposed to be released late last year. ... more
  • The State Government says it will spend its $4.1 Billion windfall from the sale of Snowy Hydro in the regions, and there's no better place to start than the planned transport interchange at Glendale. And then we'll start talking about our roads Plenty of projects worthy of Government's Snowy funds 15th March 2018 The State Government says it will spend its $4.1 Billion windfall from the sale of Snowy Hydro in the regions, and there's no better place to start than the planned transport interchange at Glendale. And then we'll start talking about our roads ... more
  • I spoke in Parliament yesterday about problem gambling and its impacts on the Lake Macquarie community. Clearly, the clubs and pubs do an enormous amount of good, but there is a significant downside to their poker machines and the damage they cause to many vulnerable people and those around them. New poker machine laws don't go far enough 14th March 2018 I spoke in Parliament yesterday about problem gambling and its impacts on the Lake Macquarie community. Clearly, the clubs and pubs do an enormous amount of good, but there is a significant downside to their poker machines and the damage they cause to many vulnerable people and those around them. ... more
  • The State's Valuer-General released new land values for Lake Macquarie properties in January. Values rose sharply in some areas which is good news for some, but bad news for housing affordability. Land valuations cause concern for some 6th March 2018 The State's Valuer-General released new land values for Lake Macquarie properties in January. Values rose sharply in some areas which is good news for some, but bad news for housing affordability. ... more
  • Invitations have been sent to all residential landowners at Wyee about the next public meeting on the planned sewer connection project. Originally announced as a $26m project, the plan was to sewer the existing 400 residential properties and most businesses along with
Public meeting for Wyee residents 5th March 2018 Invitations have been sent to all residential landowners at Wyee about the next public meeting on the planned sewer connection project. Originally announced as a $26m project, the plan was to sewer the existing 400 residential properties and most businesses along with ... more
  • I had a great time joining with Mayor Kay Fraser, Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, members of the Wangi Lions Club and members of the local community to officially open the Wangi Fitness Trail which runs along the beautiful foreshore of Wangi New fitness trail opens at Wangi 3rd March 2018 I had a great time joining with Mayor Kay Fraser, Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, members of the Wangi Lions Club and members of the local community to officially open the Wangi Fitness Trail which runs along the beautiful foreshore of Wangi ... more
  • I was really happy to learn that three extraordinary Lake Macquarie women have been named as finalists in the 2018 NSW Woman of the Year awards. I nominated Andreena Kardamis in the Young Woman of the Year category, Three Lake Macquarie finalists in Woman of the Year Awards 21st February 2018 I was really happy to learn that three extraordinary Lake Macquarie women have been named as finalists in the 2018 NSW Woman of the Year awards. I nominated Andreena Kardamis in the Young Woman of the Year category, ... more
  • An array of new public artworks will be created around the Lake Macquarie foreshore following a significant financial contribution from the State Government. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council will receive a grant of $285,800 to support the $571,600... Funding secured for Lake Macquarie foreshore art trail 12th February 2018 An array of new public artworks will be created around the Lake Macquarie foreshore following a significant financial contribution from the State Government. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council will receive a grant of $285,800 to support the $571,600... ... more
  • Just a reminder for everyone with school-aged children, the $100 Active Kids rebate scheme will kick off next Wednesday, January 31. This is the State Government scheme that will provide a $100 voucher to every $100 Active Kids voucher available from January 31 24th January 2018 Just a reminder for everyone with school-aged children, the $100 Active Kids rebate scheme will kick off next Wednesday, January 31. This is the State Government scheme that will provide a $100 voucher to every ... more
  • Firstly, I wish to state my support for the container deposit scheme, however the rollout of the ‘Return and Earn’ scheme so far has had mixed reception and with limited drop-off points in western Lake Macquarie, More collection points needed for bottle recycling scheme 23rd January 2018 Firstly, I wish to state my support for the container deposit scheme, however the rollout of the ‘Return and Earn’ scheme so far has had mixed reception and with limited drop-off points in western Lake Macquarie, ... more
  • Public jetties at Wangi Wangi, Speers Point and Rathmines will be rebuilt or improved with funding secured by Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper under the State Government’s Boating Now program. $1.3m for Lake Macquarie jetty projects 12th January 2018 Public jetties at Wangi Wangi, Speers Point and Rathmines will be rebuilt or improved with funding secured by Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper under the State Government’s Boating Now program. ... more
  • Lake Macquarie police are investigating a significant spate of thefts from cars parked outside homes in the past 24 hours. These have included cars at Morisset, Morisset Park, Spate of thefts from unlocked cars 9th January 2018 Lake Macquarie police are investigating a significant spate of thefts from cars parked outside homes in the past 24 hours. These have included cars at Morisset, Morisset Park, ... more
  • I understand that Santa and some of his helpers from the Rotary Club of Toronto will be making the traditional water voyage along the western shores of Lake Macquarie on Christmas Eve, Santa to make his annual lake voyage 22nd December 2017 I understand that Santa and some of his helpers from the Rotary Club of Toronto will be making the traditional water voyage along the western shores of Lake Macquarie on Christmas Eve, ... more
  • It was a pleasure and a privilege to present Russell and Gwen Deaves from Wyee with a Premier’s Award during a special morning tea at Wyee Nursery today. 
I’ve known Russell and Gwen Wyee legends recognised with Premier's Award 20th December 2017 It was a pleasure and a privilege to present Russell and Gwen Deaves from Wyee with a Premier’s Award during a special morning tea at Wyee Nursery today. I’ve known Russell and Gwen ... more
  • I’m very pleased to announce that a record 24 projects in Lake Macquarie will be funded under this year’s Community Building Partnerships scheme.
I received applications worth close to $1m this year, so competition for the funding is now really competitive. $300,000 for Lake Macquarie community projects 18th December 2017 I’m very pleased to announce that a record 24 projects in Lake Macquarie will be funded under this year’s Community Building Partnerships scheme. I received applications worth close to $1m this year, so competition for the funding is now really competitive. ... more
  • I always enjoy presenting deserving community members with awards recognising their exceptional efforts, but this morning was particularly special. Much to their surprise, Colin and Betty Smith Tireless efforts acknowledged with Premier's Award 18th December 2017 I always enjoy presenting deserving community members with awards recognising their exceptional efforts, but this morning was particularly special. Much to their surprise, Colin and Betty Smith ... more
  • For me, this was probably the most remarkable and inspirational story of the past year. I joined a strong crowd on Friday to see Wendy Evans finish her solo sail around Remarkable lady makes solo sailing history 15th December 2017 For me, this was probably the most remarkable and inspirational story of the past year. I joined a strong crowd on Friday to see Wendy Evans finish her solo sail around ... more
  • The 2018 Seniors Card directory is now available free from my office for any member who wants one. This is the Hunter-Central Coast edition and it lists the 5600 businesses which offer discounts and special offers to Seniors Card holders. Discount guide for Seniors Card holders now available 11th December 2017 The 2018 Seniors Card directory is now available free from my office for any member who wants one. This is the Hunter-Central Coast edition and it lists the 5600 businesses which offer discounts and special offers to Seniors Card holders. ... more
  • The future management of lead contamination at Boolaroo has been boosted by a $23m statewide legacy fund created by the State Government. Boolaroo to benefit from $23m contaminated sites fund 17th November 2017 The future management of lead contamination at Boolaroo has been boosted by a $23m statewide legacy fund created by the State Government. ... more
  • Many of you will know Dianne who has worked in my Toronto electorate office since I was first elected to the Parliament 10 years ago. Dianne was responsible for getting our office up and running, effectively from scratch, when I was elected in 2007. Dianne's decade of dedication 16th November 2017 Many of you will know Dianne who has worked in my Toronto electorate office since I was first elected to the Parliament 10 years ago. Dianne was responsible for getting our office up and running, effectively from scratch, when I was elected in 2007. ... more
  • It was a great morning at Sailabilty Toronto joining with family, friends and assorted fans of Wendy Evans as she set out on Day 1 of her solo sailing adventure around Lake Macquarie. Wendy sets sail on solo voyage 10th November 2017 It was a great morning at Sailabilty Toronto joining with family, friends and assorted fans of Wendy Evans as she set out on Day 1 of her solo sailing adventure around Lake Macquarie. ... more
  • It's disappointing that the RMS has not agreed to my request to review their decision on the Marconi Road speed limit, although I haven't got any formal response from the RMS or the Minister since raising this matter with them. RMS is acting against community's wishes 2nd November 2017 It's disappointing that the RMS has not agreed to my request to review their decision on the Marconi Road speed limit, although I haven't got any formal response from the RMS or the Minister since raising this matter with them. ... more
  • The short-term holiday letting industry is booming. While I believe it has a place in the market, the industry must be regulated because it is having a significant impact on residential neighbourhoods. Short-term holiday letting industry must be regulated 31st October 2017 The short-term holiday letting industry is booming. While I believe it has a place in the market, the industry must be regulated because it is having a significant impact on residential neighbourhoods. ... more
  • I'm really looking forward to the annual Rathmines Catalina Festival this Sunday, October 29. This event has grown from strength to strength and now attracts Big air displays planned for Sunday's Catalina festival at Rathmines 26th October 2017 I'm really looking forward to the annual Rathmines Catalina Festival this Sunday, October 29. This event has grown from strength to strength and now attracts ... more
  • The NSW Supreme Court has finally ended a stalemate which has been locking up residential land at Argenton and preventing landowners from building their homes. Court rules to end Bunderra stalemate 20th October 2017 The NSW Supreme Court has finally ended a stalemate which has been locking up residential land at Argenton and preventing landowners from building their homes. ... more
  • Loving all the rain, but it looks like clearing in time for tomorrow's Toronto Spring Fair. I'll have my usual stand at the fair so make sure you drop by for a chat and pick up one of my free re-useable bags or travel Pop in and say hello at Toronto Spring Fair 20th October 2017 Loving all the rain, but it looks like clearing in time for tomorrow's Toronto Spring Fair. I'll have my usual stand at the fair so make sure you drop by for a chat and pick up one of my free re-useable bags or travel ... more
  • I was pleased to receive unanimous support from the Parliament today for improved palliative care services in Lake Macquarie and throughout the Hunter Region. Some good news on palliative care services 19th October 2017 I was pleased to receive unanimous support from the Parliament today for improved palliative care services in Lake Macquarie and throughout the Hunter Region. ... more
  • Ever had a retail gift card which expired? Tired of missing out on tickets to major concerts or sporting events because scalpers or 'computer bots' have snapped them all up? New laws will crack down on ticket scalping and gift cards 17th October 2017 Ever had a retail gift card which expired? Tired of missing out on tickets to major concerts or sporting events because scalpers or 'computer bots' have snapped them all up? ... more
  • I’ve been advised by the RMS that after a review of Marconi Road at Morisset and Bonnells Bay, the speed limit will be reduced from 70kmh to 60kmh. RMS planning speed limit reduction on Marconi Road 12th October 2017 I’ve been advised by the RMS that after a review of Marconi Road at Morisset and Bonnells Bay, the speed limit will be reduced from 70kmh to 60kmh. ... more
  • Very pleased that the State Government will be chipping in to build new playgrounds at Bolton Point and Booragul. Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward has granted $150,000 New playgrounds for Bolton Point and Booragul 11th October 2017 Very pleased that the State Government will be chipping in to build new playgrounds at Bolton Point and Booragul. Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward has granted $150,000 ... more
  • This latest issue around the disposal of toxic soil from Boolaroo is incredibly frustrating. As I say in this Newcastle Herald article, it's become When bureaucracy becomes a debacle 3rd October 2017 This latest issue around the disposal of toxic soil from Boolaroo is incredibly frustrating. As I say in this Newcastle Herald article, it's become ... more
  • Today at 1pm, Toronto High School students Lochlan Maher, Coby Howarth, Skye-Ann Anderson, Kayleb Bennet & Toby Adams completed a two-week trek of the Great North Walk. They did this amazing unassisted walk to raise money for Toronto High students complete incredible journey 30th September 2017 Today at 1pm, Toronto High School students Lochlan Maher, Coby Howarth, Skye-Ann Anderson, Kayleb Bennet & Toby Adams completed a two-week trek of the Great North Walk. They did this amazing unassisted walk to raise money for ... more
  • I was shocked and saddened to learn that the fatal accident near Port Macquarie yesterday involved a Wangi family. The accident has claimed the life of a young student from Toronto High. My thoughts and condolences are with the family and all of their friends. Please, please take care on the roads t... Condolences for Wangi teen killed in horror crash 29th September 2017 I was shocked and saddened to learn that the fatal accident near Port Macquarie yesterday involved a Wangi family. The accident has claimed the life of a young student from Toronto High. My thoughts and condolences are with the family and all of their friends. Please, please take care on the roads t... ... more
  • I again extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and many friends of Bob 'Dutchy' Holland who will be farewelled at Newcastle's Christ Church Cathedral this afternoon. Lake Macquarie has lost one of its finest men, but we were all very lucky to have known him. Here's a copy of the tribute to Du... Community farewells Dutchy 28th September 2017 I again extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and many friends of Bob 'Dutchy' Holland who will be farewelled at Newcastle's Christ Church Cathedral this afternoon. Lake Macquarie has lost one of its finest men, but we were all very lucky to have known him. Here's a copy of the tribute to Du... ... more
  • Fight continues for better government services 20th September 2017 "The people of Lake Macquarie are starting to wonder what the State Government will take away from them next. They're also starting to wonder what the 'service' in Service NSW means, because they're certainly not getting much." ... more
  • The Government has voted for new laws which will allow all retail outlets to open on Boxing Day if they choose. I know many people enjoy the Boxing Day sales, and Keep Boxing Day as a proper public holiday 20th September 2017 The Government has voted for new laws which will allow all retail outlets to open on Boxing Day if they choose. I know many people enjoy the Boxing Day sales, and ... more
  • It was fantastic to catch up with the great Ken Warby at Toronto at the weekend. As you may remember, Ken still holds the world water speed record of 317.58 miles per hour (511.1 kph) which he set back in 1978. Warby to attempt new water speed record 18th September 2017 It was fantastic to catch up with the great Ken Warby at Toronto at the weekend. As you may remember, Ken still holds the world water speed record of 317.58 miles per hour (511.1 kph) which he set back in 1978. ... more
  • It is very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Holland. I had known Bob since 1991 where I met him after being elected to Lake Macquarie Council. Bob had worked. Robert 'Dutchy' Holland loses battle with cancer 17th September 2017 It is very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Holland. I had known Bob since 1991 where I met him after being elected to Lake Macquarie Council. Bob had worked. ... more
  • The bush is alight near my office on Victory Parade at Toronto. It unfortunately appears to have been deliberately lit. Fire brigades are on the scene now and have it contained, but you might want to avoid the area for a while. Bush alight on Victory Parade 15th September 2017 The bush is alight near my office on Victory Parade at Toronto. It unfortunately appears to have been deliberately lit. Fire brigades are on the scene now and have it contained, but you might want to avoid the area for a while. ... more
  • Amid all the debate on the marriage equality postal survey, these words from my nephew Tom put so many things in perspective. He’s a wonderful guy who we all love and support. He’s now in his 30’s and along with his family and friends I’m so proud Putting the marriage debate into some perspective 13th September 2017 Amid all the debate on the marriage equality postal survey, these words from my nephew Tom put so many things in perspective. He’s a wonderful guy who we all love and support. He’s now in his 30’s and along with his family and friends I’m so proud ... more
  • I strongly supported new legislation in the Parliament last week which will require children to be age-appropriately vaccinated before they can be enrolled in a pre-school or childcare centre.
Sadly, there are still some parents who object Rules to change on vaccinations 13th September 2017 I strongly supported new legislation in the Parliament last week which will require children to be age-appropriately vaccinated before they can be enrolled in a pre-school or childcare centre. Sadly, there are still some parents who object ... more
  • Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie has just published new local tide charts which cover the next six months. They're a must for boaters, anglers and anyone else who loves getting out on the lake. New Lake Macquarie tide charts available 8th September 2017 Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie has just published new local tide charts which cover the next six months. They're a must for boaters, anglers and anyone else who loves getting out on the lake. ... more
  • The situation with the road at the end of Wangi Point has become somewhat of a debacle. If you've travelled along there recently you'd know that some Mexican stand-off over Wangi road must end 31st August 2017 The situation with the road at the end of Wangi Point has become somewhat of a debacle. If you've travelled along there recently you'd know that some ... more
  • Here's a brief update on the $100 Active Kids bonus which was announced in the State Budget. Sporting and fitness clubs can register from late November, Updated info on $100 Active Kids rebate 24th August 2017 Here's a brief update on the $100 Active Kids bonus which was announced in the State Budget. Sporting and fitness clubs can register from late November, ... more
  • There's a bit of confusion surrounding the September 9 council elections which has prompted a few people to call my State electorate office. If you live in the Lake Macquarie council area you DO NOT No council election in Lake Macquarie 23rd August 2017 There's a bit of confusion surrounding the September 9 council elections which has prompted a few people to call my State electorate office. If you live in the Lake Macquarie council area you DO NOT ... more
  • If you're not on the electoral roll yet or haven't updated your change of address, you only have until tomorrow to do so if you want to have your say in the same-sex marriage postal survey. Update your enrolment details before same-sex marriage postal vote 23rd August 2017 If you're not on the electoral roll yet or haven't updated your change of address, you only have until tomorrow to do so if you want to have your say in the same-sex marriage postal survey. ... more
  • The EPA is investigating the extent of soil and possible groundwater contamination around the old Mines Rescue station at Argenton. The contamination is caused by... Investigation into extent of contamination at Argenton 10th August 2017 The EPA is investigating the extent of soil and possible groundwater contamination around the old Mines Rescue station at Argenton. The contamination is caused by... ... more
  • In a win for people who travel between Cardiff and Boolaroo, the missing link in Munibung Road will be built with funding announced by the Federal Government. The Government has kicked in more than $2.2m which will... Work to start on Munibung Road's 'missing link' 9th August 2017 In a win for people who travel between Cardiff and Boolaroo, the missing link in Munibung Road will be built with funding announced by the Federal Government. The Government has kicked in more than $2.2m which will... ... more
  • It's really pleasing that Lake Macquarie council is fast-tracking the replacement of the children's playground at Rathmines after it was burned down by vandals last month. I, like everyone else, Playground will rise from the ashes 6th August 2017 It's really pleasing that Lake Macquarie council is fast-tracking the replacement of the children's playground at Rathmines after it was burned down by vandals last month. I, like everyone else, ... more
  • This makes me so damn angry. Why on earth would anyone want to burn down a children's playground? In this case at Rathmines Park on Wednesday, the vandals even went to the trouble of building a bonfire under the play equipment before setting it alight. Vandals burn down popular Rathmines playground 28th July 2017 This makes me so damn angry. Why on earth would anyone want to burn down a children's playground? In this case at Rathmines Park on Wednesday, the vandals even went to the trouble of building a bonfire under the play equipment before setting it alight. ... more
  • A few people have asked me about the $100 Active Kids rebate which was announced in the recent State Budget. $100 rebate to help kids be active 25th July 2017 A few people have asked me about the $100 Active Kids rebate which was announced in the recent State Budget. ... more
  • Good crowds were on hand to see the annual NAIDOC Week parade down The Boulevard at Toronto, with huge crowds enjoying the activities held on Toronto foreshore at the Family Fun Day. Big crowds turn out for Westlakes NAIDOC Week celebrations 25th July 2017 Good crowds were on hand to see the annual NAIDOC Week parade down The Boulevard at Toronto, with huge crowds enjoying the activities held on Toronto foreshore at the Family Fun Day. ... more
  • I'm really pleased that the State Government has decided to keep Wyong Hospital in public hands. It's backed away from any public-private partnership model and announced that it will proceed with the hospital's $200m expansion alone. Operation of Wyong Hospital to stay in public hands 25th July 2017 I'm really pleased that the State Government has decided to keep Wyong Hospital in public hands. It's backed away from any public-private partnership model and announced that it will proceed with the hospital's $200m expansion alone. ... more
  • It was great to spend time with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today, showing her around Lake Macquarie and bringing her up to speed with some of the issues we have here. Premier pops in for an update and chat with Lake locals 12th July 2017 It was great to spend time with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today, showing her around Lake Macquarie and bringing her up to speed with some of the issues we have here. ... more
  • It is with great sadness that I report the death of Dr Wolf Du Plessis on Tuesday night. Wolf was, among other things, the founder of Waratah Medical Services. Community loses a great man of medicine 3rd July 2017 It is with great sadness that I report the death of Dr Wolf Du Plessis on Tuesday night. Wolf was, among other things, the founder of Waratah Medical Services. ... more
  • The new road which forms the first stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange project was officially opened today, bringing a bit of relief for motorists around the Glendale and Cardiff area. New Cardiff-Glendale road link opens 23rd June 2017 The new road which forms the first stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange project was officially opened today, bringing a bit of relief for motorists around the Glendale and Cardiff area. ... more
  • Today’s State Budget shows that the State's finances are in good shape, due mainly to the privatisation of public assets. But it also shows that the government is continuing to spend those windfalls in Sydney at the expense of regional areas. It's time that the State's riches were better shared 20th June 2017 Today’s State Budget shows that the State's finances are in good shape, due mainly to the privatisation of public assets. But it also shows that the government is continuing to spend those windfalls in Sydney at the expense of regional areas. ... more
  • I have to applaud the State Government for waiving stamp duty on new and existing homes for first homebuyers. It's a good initiative on homes worth up to $650,000 and will help a lot of people. A better deal for first homebuyers, but more can be done 13th June 2017 I have to applaud the State Government for waiving stamp duty on new and existing homes for first homebuyers. It's a good initiative on homes worth up to $650,000 and will help a lot of people. ... more
  • I had a captivated audience when I helped open a new footpath on Brighton Avenue at Toronto! Jokes aside, this group of residents has campaigned for decades to get proper footpaths in the area. A new footpath which was 50 years in the making 13th June 2017 I had a captivated audience when I helped open a new footpath on Brighton Avenue at Toronto! Jokes aside, this group of residents has campaigned for decades to get proper footpaths in the area. ... more
  • It's just over 12 months since young Jade Frith was killed while trying to cross a busy section of Hillsborough Road. During Question Time in parliament recently, I asked the Minister how much longer we have to wait for the long-planned upgrade of Hillsborough Road. Glimmer of hope in campaign for Hillsborough Road upgrade 13th June 2017 It's just over 12 months since young Jade Frith was killed while trying to cross a busy section of Hillsborough Road. During Question Time in parliament recently, I asked the Minister how much longer we have to wait for the long-planned upgrade of Hillsborough Road. ... more
  • It took quite a fight over many years, but Lake Macquarie now has the newest, the best and most effective police resources anywhere in regional NSW. Minister on hand to officially open new Toronto Police Station 13th June 2017 It took quite a fight over many years, but Lake Macquarie now has the newest, the best and most effective police resources anywhere in regional NSW. ... more
  • Plastic bags are really just part of the iceberg when it comes to the mountain of plastic waste killing aquatic life and ecosystems. It's a debate you're going to hear a lot more about in coming years. The war on waste starts with plastic 13th June 2017 Plastic bags are really just part of the iceberg when it comes to the mountain of plastic waste killing aquatic life and ecosystems. It's a debate you're going to hear a lot more about in coming years. ... more
  • Just a heads-up for people who travel on the main road south of Toronto: the RMS is about to start work on a long-awaited upgrade of the dodgy bend between Toronto and the fire station at Kilaben Bay. Toronto blackspot to get a long-awaited upgrade 13th June 2017 Just a heads-up for people who travel on the main road south of Toronto: the RMS is about to start work on a long-awaited upgrade of the dodgy bend between Toronto and the fire station at Kilaben Bay. ... more