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  • NSW has recorded zero community transmission for the 13th day in a row, and 21 days in a row for Victoria. SA has recorded 3 new cases of community transmission Covid update - Friday 20th November 2020 NSW has recorded zero community transmission for the 13th day in a row, and 21 days in a row for Victoria. SA has recorded 3 new cases of community transmission ... more
  • BREAKING NEWS: The Premier has today announced changes to some restrictions and flagged plans for NYE celebrations. In short, public events such as regional Covid update - Thursday 19th November 2020 BREAKING NEWS: The Premier has today announced changes to some restrictions and flagged plans for NYE celebrations. In short, public events such as regional ... more
  • Zero community transmission in NSW for the 11th day in a row, and 19 days in a row for Victoria. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 103 days without a Covid update - Wednesday 18th November 2020 Zero community transmission in NSW for the 11th day in a row, and 19 days in a row for Victoria. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 103 days without a ... more
  • Zero community transmission in NSW for the 10th day in a row, none again in Victoria. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 102 days without a locally- Covid update - Tuesday 17th November 2020 Zero community transmission in NSW for the 10th day in a row, none again in Victoria. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 102 days without a locally- ... more
  • While this year’s State Budget reflects a solid response to the economic challenges caused by the Covid pandemic, it’s extremely disappointing that the Government and No joy in the State Budget for Lake Macquarie 17th November 2020 While this year’s State Budget reflects a solid response to the economic challenges caused by the Covid pandemic, it’s extremely disappointing that the Government and ... more
  • The good news is that NSW has recorded zero community transmission for the 9th day in a row, and Victoria is still recording no new cases. The bad news is that South Covid update - Monday 16th November 2020 The good news is that NSW has recorded zero community transmission for the 9th day in a row, and Victoria is still recording no new cases. The bad news is that South ... more
  • WELL DONE!! Today marks 100 days since the last locally-acquired case of Covid-19 in Lake Macquarie and the broader Hunter-New England Region. While I send my Covid update - Sunday 15th November 2020 WELL DONE!! Today marks 100 days since the last locally-acquired case of Covid-19 in Lake Macquarie and the broader Hunter-New England Region. While I send my ... more
  • No community transmission again in NSW, Victoria or QLD over the past 24 hours. That's 7 days in a row for NSW and 15 for Victoria. The Hunter-New England region Covid update - Saturday 14th November 2020 No community transmission again in NSW, Victoria or QLD over the past 24 hours. That's 7 days in a row for NSW and 15 for Victoria. The Hunter-New England region ... more
  • No community transmission again in NSW, Victoria or QLD over the past 24 hours. That's six days in a row for NSW and 14 for Victoria. The Hunter-New England region Covid update - Friday 13th November 2020 No community transmission again in NSW, Victoria or QLD over the past 24 hours. That's six days in a row for NSW and 14 for Victoria. The Hunter-New England region ... more
  • I'm a very big fan and an honoured patron of Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie so I was absolutely thrilled to be part of the official opening of their new search and New Marine Rescue base opened 13th November 2020 I'm a very big fan and an honoured patron of Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie so I was absolutely thrilled to be part of the official opening of their new search and ... more
  • FIVE days in a row, no community transmission anywhere in NSW, despite more than 23.000 tests. And Victoria's still going well, with no community transmission for the Covid update - Thursday 12th November 2020 FIVE days in a row, no community transmission anywhere in NSW, despite more than 23.000 tests. And Victoria's still going well, with no community transmission for the ... more
  • The good news continues. NSW has recorded its fourth consecutive day of zero community transmission. Victoria has recorded its 12th consecutive day. The Hunter Covid update - Wednesday 11th November 2020 The good news continues. NSW has recorded its fourth consecutive day of zero community transmission. Victoria has recorded its 12th consecutive day. The Hunter ... more
  • The third day in a row of zero community transmission in NSW, and the 11th day in a row for Victoria. What a turnaround that has been. The Hunter-New England region Covid update - Tuesday 10th November 2020 The third day in a row of zero community transmission in NSW, and the 11th day in a row for Victoria. What a turnaround that has been. The Hunter-New England region ... more
  • One of Lake Macquarie's most renowned muso's will be farewelled at a private ceremony today. Wakefield resident Ronnie Peel, who many might remember as Vale Ronnie Peel 10th November 2020 One of Lake Macquarie's most renowned muso's will be farewelled at a private ceremony today. Wakefield resident Ronnie Peel, who many might remember as ... more
  • NO new cases of community transmission in NSW, Victoria or Queensland over the past 24 hours. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 94 days without a Covid update - Monday 9th November 2020 NO new cases of community transmission in NSW, Victoria or Queensland over the past 24 hours. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 94 days without a ... more
  • Congratulations to a good friend and very deserved winner of this year’s NSW Australian of the Year award Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. The award has just Our NSW Australian of the Year 9th November 2020 Congratulations to a good friend and very deserved winner of this year’s NSW Australian of the Year award Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. The award has just ... more
  • It’s looking like a day of zero community transmission right across Australia - just waiting on data from SA but none in NSW, Victoria, Tassie, WA, QLD, the ACT or NT Covid update - Sunday 8th November 2020 It’s looking like a day of zero community transmission right across Australia - just waiting on data from SA but none in NSW, Victoria, Tassie, WA, QLD, the ACT or NT ... more
  • The Hunter-New England region has now gone 92 days without a locally-acquired case. And in case you were wondering, the US just reported a record 132,540 cases Covid update - Saturday 7th November 2020 The Hunter-New England region has now gone 92 days without a locally-acquired case. And in case you were wondering, the US just reported a record 132,540 cases ... more
  • The situation in Australia remains very good, the situation overseas is diabolical. The US has set new records over the past two days, reporting almost 110,000 new cases Covid update - Friday 6th November 2020 The situation in Australia remains very good, the situation overseas is diabolical. The US has set new records over the past two days, reporting almost 110,000 new cases ... more
  • If you thought the US election wasn't strange enough already, consider that voters in North Dakota appear likely to have elected Republican Dave Andahl to the State Covid update - Thursday 5th November 2020 If you thought the US election wasn't strange enough already, consider that voters in North Dakota appear likely to have elected Republican Dave Andahl to the State ... more
  • In breaking news, the State Government has announced that the NSW-Victorian border will reopen on November 23 if things continue to stay good. Meanwhile, nine Covid update - Wednesday 4th November 2020 In breaking news, the State Government has announced that the NSW-Victorian border will reopen on November 23 if things continue to stay good. Meanwhile, nine ... more
  • hree new cases reported in NSW over the past 24 hours. Of those, two are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine while the third was acquired at a Liverpool Covid update - Tuesday 3rd November 2020 hree new cases reported in NSW over the past 24 hours. Of those, two are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine while the third was acquired at a Liverpool ... more
  • A drive-through Covid testing facility opens today at Morisset Showground. This clinic is privately run by pathology company Douglass Hanly Moir. There is currently NO Covid testing clinic opens at Morisset 2nd November 2020 A drive-through Covid testing facility opens today at Morisset Showground. This clinic is privately run by pathology company Douglass Hanly Moir. There is currently NO ... more
  • Seven new cases reported in NSW over the past 24 hours. Of those, six are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine while the seventh is another child who Covid update - Monday 2nd November 2020 Seven new cases reported in NSW over the past 24 hours. Of those, six are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine while the seventh is another child who ... more
  • The GOOD NEWS is that there was no community transmission recorded in NSW or Victoria over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded four cases among returned travellers Covid update - Sunday 1st November 2020 The GOOD NEWS is that there was no community transmission recorded in NSW or Victoria over the past 24 hours. NSW recorded four cases among returned travellers ... more
  • NSW has recorded 4 new cases in the past 24 hours but three are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. The other was a household contact of another case Covid update - Saturday 31st October 2020 NSW has recorded 4 new cases in the past 24 hours but three are returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. The other was a household contact of another case ... more
  • Breaking news: the Queensland border will be opened to Lake Macquarie / Hunter residents from November 3. Meanwhile, NSW has recorded 6 new cases in the past Covid update - Friday 30th October 2020 Breaking news: the Queensland border will be opened to Lake Macquarie / Hunter residents from November 3. Meanwhile, NSW has recorded 6 new cases in the past ... more
  • For those willing to pay the exorbitant toll, the Northconnex tunnel under Pennant Hills Rd will open tomorrow (Saturday). Motorists will now be able to drive from the Northconnex tunnel will open tomorrow 30th October 2020 For those willing to pay the exorbitant toll, the Northconnex tunnel under Pennant Hills Rd will open tomorrow (Saturday). Motorists will now be able to drive from the ... more
  • NSW has recorded 5 new cases in the past 24 hours but only 1 is a returned overseas traveller. The other four live in the same house in SW Sydney, but the Covid update - Thursday 29th October 2020 NSW has recorded 5 new cases in the past 24 hours but only 1 is a returned overseas traveller. The other four live in the same house in SW Sydney, but the ... more
  • The Tasmanian Government has announced that Tassie will REOPEN TO NSW RESIDENTS on November 6. NSW has recorded 8 new cases in the past 24 hours. Covid update - Wednesday 28th October 2020 The Tasmanian Government has announced that Tassie will REOPEN TO NSW RESIDENTS on November 6. NSW has recorded 8 new cases in the past 24 hours. ... more
  • NSW has recorded 12 new cases in the past 24 hours, but 10 are returned overseas travellers already quarantined, and the other two are household contacts of people Covid update - Tuesday 27th October 2020 NSW has recorded 12 new cases in the past 24 hours, but 10 are returned overseas travellers already quarantined, and the other two are household contacts of people ... more
  • After two years of waiting, the State Government has finally released the new Code of Conduct for the short-term rental accommodation (STRA) industry (Airbnb etc). New laws for short-term rentals such as Airbnb 27th October 2020 After two years of waiting, the State Government has finally released the new Code of Conduct for the short-term rental accommodation (STRA) industry (Airbnb etc). ... more
  • Four new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours including one community transmission which brings our run of zeroes to an end. Three of those four are Covid update - Monday 26th October 2020 Four new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours including one community transmission which brings our run of zeroes to an end. Three of those four are ... more
  • For the third consecutive day, NO locally-acquired cases anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours. The State recorded 7 new cases but they are all returned overseas Covid update - Sunday 25th October 2020 For the third consecutive day, NO locally-acquired cases anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours. The State recorded 7 new cases but they are all returned overseas ... more
  • NO locally-acquired cases in NSW for the second day running. Very good news! NSW had 5 new cases among returned overseas travellers. They were all diagnosed while Covid update - Saturday 24th October 2020 NO locally-acquired cases in NSW for the second day running. Very good news! NSW had 5 new cases among returned overseas travellers. They were all diagnosed while ... more
  • Some really great news today - NO locally-acquired cases in NSW and just ONE in Victoria! So great to see Victoria coming out of what's been a dreadful few months. Covid update - Friday 23rd October 2020 Some really great news today - NO locally-acquired cases in NSW and just ONE in Victoria! So great to see Victoria coming out of what's been a dreadful few months. ... more
  • Really happy to report that our local emergency services have received a significant boost with an expansion of the Public Safety Network (PSN) in the Morisset area Boost for our emergency services 22nd October 2020 Really happy to report that our local emergency services have received a significant boost with an expansion of the Public Safety Network (PSN) in the Morisset area ... more
  • For the first time in many months, NSW has zero Covid patients in ICU. There were 7 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Of those, six are returned Covid update - Thursday 22nd October 2020 For the first time in many months, NSW has zero Covid patients in ICU. There were 7 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Of those, six are returned ... more
  • My office has had a few inquiries about the number of visitors allowed at your home. As it stands, you're allowed 20 visitors at any one time, in addition to the residents Covid update - Wednesday 21st October 2020 My office has had a few inquiries about the number of visitors allowed at your home. As it stands, you're allowed 20 visitors at any one time, in addition to the residents ... more
  • There’s been a lot going on in the ICAC lately, and a lot of talk about how it and other integrity agencies are funded (agencies such as the NSW Electoral Commission ICAC needs the financial ability to do its job 21st October 2020 There’s been a lot going on in the ICAC lately, and a lot of talk about how it and other integrity agencies are funded (agencies such as the NSW Electoral Commission ... more
  • Five new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Of those, three are returned travellers in hotel quarantine and the other two are linked to a known cluster Covid update - Tuesday 20th October 2020 Five new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Of those, three are returned travellers in hotel quarantine and the other two are linked to a known cluster ... more
  • Zero community transmission in NSW over the past 24 hours and that's great news. There were, however, four new cases among the returned travellers in hotel Covid update - Monday 19th October 2020 Zero community transmission in NSW over the past 24 hours and that's great news. There were, however, four new cases among the returned travellers in hotel ... more
  • Best wishes to all our Year 12 students who start sitting their HSC exams tomorrow! It's been a very challenging year for you all but you've adapted, soldiered on and Good luck to the Class of 2020 19th October 2020 Best wishes to all our Year 12 students who start sitting their HSC exams tomorrow! It's been a very challenging year for you all but you've adapted, soldiered on and ... more
  • Things are still going well, all things considered! Just 5 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Four are returned travellers already in quarantine while the Covid update - Sunday 18th October 2020 Things are still going well, all things considered! Just 5 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Four are returned travellers already in quarantine while the ... more
  • Just 7 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Two of them are returned travellers already in quarantine while the remaining five are linked to the Covid update - Saturday 17th October 2020 Just 7 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Two of them are returned travellers already in quarantine while the remaining five are linked to the ... more
  • Great news! There's been no community transmission in the Hunter-New England region for 10 full weeks! There were just five new cases reported statewide over Covid update - Friday 16th October 2020 Great news! There's been no community transmission in the Hunter-New England region for 10 full weeks! There were just five new cases reported statewide over ... more
  • Happy to report that Teralba Public School and Coal Point Public School will get new school crossing supervisors under the latest phase of a statewide plan being More school crossing supervisors 16th October 2020 Happy to report that Teralba Public School and Coal Point Public School will get new school crossing supervisors under the latest phase of a statewide plan being ... more
  • REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICES TO GO AHEAD! Some good Covid news this morning. The Premier has announced that next month's Remembrance Day services Restrictions eased for Remembrance Day 16th October 2020 REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICES TO GO AHEAD! Some good Covid news this morning. The Premier has announced that next month's Remembrance Day services ... more
  • The news is a little better today but the State remains at a significant crossroads in our fight to keep a lid on new Covid clusters in Sydney. There were 11 new cases Covid update - Thursday 15th October 2020 The news is a little better today but the State remains at a significant crossroads in our fight to keep a lid on new Covid clusters in Sydney. There were 11 new cases ... more
  • Not the most encouraging news today with another 14 new cases reported in NSW over the past 24 hours. Of those, only 3 are returned overseas travellers in Covid update - Wednesday 14th October 2020 Not the most encouraging news today with another 14 new cases reported in NSW over the past 24 hours. Of those, only 3 are returned overseas travellers in ... more
  • If you need to understand how well Australia is doing, consider that we currently have 232 active cases nationwide. There's currently 2,633,182 active cases in the US, Covid update - Tuesday 13th October 2020 If you need to understand how well Australia is doing, consider that we currently have 232 active cases nationwide. There's currently 2,633,182 active cases in the US, ... more
  • Some very encouraging news about last week's new cases in Sydney - there were just six new cases reported in NSW over the past 24 hours and five of them are Covid update - Monday 12th October 2020 Some very encouraging news about last week's new cases in Sydney - there were just six new cases reported in NSW over the past 24 hours and five of them are ... more
  • I’m really excited to announce my upcoming ZOOM Town Hall meeting with special guest speaker Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean. It will be held on You're invited to online meeting 12th October 2020 I’m really excited to announce my upcoming ZOOM Town Hall meeting with special guest speaker Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean. It will be held on ... more
  • Just five new cases have been reported in NSW over the past 24 hours. Two are returned travellers in hotel quarantine. Of the three others, two are linked to a known Covid update - Sunday 11th October 2020 Just five new cases have been reported in NSW over the past 24 hours. Two are returned travellers in hotel quarantine. Of the three others, two are linked to a known ... more
  • Just three new cases have been reported in NSW over the past 24 hours. One is the crew member of the ship berthed in Newcastle who acquired the virus while overseas Covid update - Saturday 10th October 2020 Just three new cases have been reported in NSW over the past 24 hours. One is the crew member of the ship berthed in Newcastle who acquired the virus while overseas ... more
  • A crew member aboard a coal ship berthed in Newcastle is being treated for Covid-19 after displaying symptoms. The man is being treated in John Hunter Hospital but Covid update - Friday 9th October 2020 A crew member aboard a coal ship berthed in Newcastle is being treated for Covid-19 after displaying symptoms. The man is being treated in John Hunter Hospital but ... more
  • Well, the run of good news has come to an end. After 12 days of zero community transmission, NSW has recorded 12 new cases in the past 24 hours. Of those, just Covid update - Thursday 8th October 2020 Well, the run of good news has come to an end. After 12 days of zero community transmission, NSW has recorded 12 new cases in the past 24 hours. Of those, just ... more
  • Keep it going NSW! NO community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 12th consecutive day.  There were 3 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours, Covid update - Wednesday 7th October 2020 Keep it going NSW! NO community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 12th consecutive day. There were 3 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours, ... more
  • NO community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 11th consecutive day. There were 11 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours, but all are returned Covid update - Tuesday 6th October 2020 NO community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 11th consecutive day. There were 11 new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours, but all are returned ... more
  • THE GOOD NEWS CONTINUES - no community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 10th consecutive day. Just one new case reported statewide over the past 24 Covid update - Monday 5th October 2020 THE GOOD NEWS CONTINUES - no community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 10th consecutive day. Just one new case reported statewide over the past 24 ... more
  • NINE consecutive days with no community transmission anywhere in NSW! Just two new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours - both returned travellers in Covid update - Sunday 4th October 2020 NINE consecutive days with no community transmission anywhere in NSW! Just two new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours - both returned travellers in ... more
  • GOOD NEWS! No community transmission anywhere in NSW again, that’s 8 days in a row! Just one new case reported statewide over the past 24 hours - a returned Covid update - Saturday 3rd October 2020 GOOD NEWS! No community transmission anywhere in NSW again, that’s 8 days in a row! Just one new case reported statewide over the past 24 hours - a returned ... more
  • NO community transmission anywhere in NSW for an entire week! Just four new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. All are returned travellers already in Covid update - Friday 2nd October 2020 NO community transmission anywhere in NSW for an entire week! Just four new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. All are returned travellers already in ... more
  • Premier Gladys Berejiklian has a lot on her plate at the moment, so I was very grateful to have her spend a few hours with us in Lake Macquarie today. The Premier Premier visits Lake Macquarie 2nd October 2020 Premier Gladys Berejiklian has a lot on her plate at the moment, so I was very grateful to have her spend a few hours with us in Lake Macquarie today. The Premier ... more
  • GOOD NEWS again: no community transmission anywhere in NSW for the sixth day in a row! Just two new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Both are Covid update - Thursday 1st October 2020 GOOD NEWS again: no community transmission anywhere in NSW for the sixth day in a row! Just two new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours. Both are ... more
  • Really disappointed to learn that the Industrial Relations Commission has backed the State Government's planned wage freeze for public sector employees. The IRC has Public sector wages shouldn't be frozen 1st October 2020 Really disappointed to learn that the Industrial Relations Commission has backed the State Government's planned wage freeze for public sector employees. The IRC has ... more
  • NO community transmission anywhere in NSW for the fifth day in a row! It's great news, but of course we must remain vigilant as the virus is still travelling in Covid update - Wednesday 30th September 2020 NO community transmission anywhere in NSW for the fifth day in a row! It's great news, but of course we must remain vigilant as the virus is still travelling in ... more
  • The State's run of zeroes has come to an end, but there were just two new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours and both are returned travellers already in Covid update - Tuesday 29th September 2020 The State's run of zeroes has come to an end, but there were just two new cases reported statewide over the past 24 hours and both are returned travellers already in ... more
  • Two big zeroes for the second day running! NSW has recorded no new cases over the past 24 hours - that's zero community transmission and zero returned travellers Covid update - Monday 28th September 2020 Two big zeroes for the second day running! NSW has recorded no new cases over the past 24 hours - that's zero community transmission and zero returned travellers ... more
  • GREAT NEWS today: NSW has recorded zero new cases over the past 24 hours. Zip, zilch, none! Here's hoping that trend continues. Obviously, there were no new cases in the Hunter Covid update - Sunday 27th September 2020 GREAT NEWS today: NSW has recorded zero new cases over the past 24 hours. Zip, zilch, none! Here's hoping that trend continues. Obviously, there were no new cases in the Hunter ... more
  • NSW has recorded four new cases in the past 24 hours. Three of those are returned travellers in hotel quarantine while the other is a community transmission in south-west Sydney Covid update - Friday 25th September 2020 NSW has recorded four new cases in the past 24 hours. Three of those are returned travellers in hotel quarantine while the other is a community transmission in south-west Sydney ... more
  • 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