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  • Anzac Day services in the district are again impacted by social distancing restrictions this year, so I've put together this list to show which services are on and which aren't. Anzac Day services - Lake Macquarie 19th April 2021 Anzac Day services in the district are again impacted by social distancing restrictions this year, so I've put together this list to show which services are on and which aren't. ... more
  • The global death toll from Covid-19 passed 3 million yesterday. It's a stark reminder of how bad things remain overseas and how well protected we've been in Australia. Covid update - Monday 19th April 2021 The global death toll from Covid-19 passed 3 million yesterday. It's a stark reminder of how bad things remain overseas and how well protected we've been in Australia. ... more
  • It was an honour to be invited to speak at a special presentation in honour of two exceptional Lake Macquarie residents. Gwen Johnston and John Benning were both Honours for two exceptional local residents 17th April 2021 It was an honour to be invited to speak at a special presentation in honour of two exceptional Lake Macquarie residents. Gwen Johnston and John Benning were both ... more
  • I dropped in to Teralba Amateur Sailing Club today to see the new motor the club recently purchased with a $10,000 grant from the State Government's Community Sailing club powers up with $10,000 CBP grant 17th April 2021 I dropped in to Teralba Amateur Sailing Club today to see the new motor the club recently purchased with a $10,000 grant from the State Government's Community ... more
  • My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklets have arrived and will be distributed to all homes in the electorate from Monday. The booklet includes a list of local Anzac 2021 Anzac booklet being distributed now 16th April 2021 My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklets have arrived and will be distributed to all homes in the electorate from Monday. The booklet includes a list of local Anzac ... more
  • It was great talking to Morisset Men's Probus this morning about local and state issues. I always enjoy the opportunity to meet with my constituents and provide Catching up with Morisset Men's Probus Club 14th April 2021 It was great talking to Morisset Men's Probus this morning about local and state issues. I always enjoy the opportunity to meet with my constituents and provide ... more
  • Today marks 250 days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. That's an extraordinary effort from the local community, 250 Covid-free days in Lake Macquarie 13th April 2021 Today marks 250 days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. That's an extraordinary effort from the local community, ... more
  • The new Police Highway Patrol hub at Morisset is getting the job done. In the first 28 days of operation in the local area, police arrested 20 drivers for DUI, arrested 16 Highway patrol hub is reining in the hoons 13th April 2021 The new Police Highway Patrol hub at Morisset is getting the job done. In the first 28 days of operation in the local area, police arrested 20 drivers for DUI, arrested 16 ... more
  • Very happy to announce that six local sporting clubs have had funding grants approved in the latest round of the NSW Local Sport Grant Program. They include: Grants for local sporting clubs 12th April 2021 Very happy to announce that six local sporting clubs have had funding grants approved in the latest round of the NSW Local Sport Grant Program. They include: ... more
  • NSW Fair Trading and Lake Macquarie Police have warned that fake Dine and Discover vouchers are being traded online. The vouchers are not allowed to be Scam alert: Dine and Discover 8th April 2021 NSW Fair Trading and Lake Macquarie Police have warned that fake Dine and Discover vouchers are being traded online. The vouchers are not allowed to be ... more
  • No community transmission in NSW for seven days, and it's now 244 days since the last case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England health district.
Covid update - Wednesday 7th April 2021 No community transmission in NSW for seven days, and it's now 244 days since the last case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England health district. ... more
  • I hope you all had a good Easter break. The good news is that things are still tracking along OK on the Covid front. No cases of community transmission in NSW since the
Covid update - Tuesday 6th April 2021 I hope you all had a good Easter break. The good news is that things are still tracking along OK on the Covid front. No cases of community transmission in NSW since the ... more
  • Last Easter was very different, so I hope you’re enjoying it with family and friends in the beautiful Covid-free outdoors of Lake Macquarie today! Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter. Happy Covid-free Easter! 4th April 2021 Last Easter was very different, so I hope you’re enjoying it with family and friends in the beautiful Covid-free outdoors of Lake Macquarie today! Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter. ... more
  • If you're visiting the North Coast over the Easter weekend (even though I'd advise against it), be aware that restrictions are in place in the Byron, Lismore and Ballina Covid update - Thursday 1st April 2021 If you're visiting the North Coast over the Easter weekend (even though I'd advise against it), be aware that restrictions are in place in the Byron, Lismore and Ballina ... more
  • Did someone say 'long weekend'? Sounds like a good opportunity to get out and spend your 'Dine and Discover' vouchers in Lake Macquarie! I've updated the list of Updated list: Dine and Discover vouchers 1st April 2021 Did someone say 'long weekend'? Sounds like a good opportunity to get out and spend your 'Dine and Discover' vouchers in Lake Macquarie! I've updated the list of ... more
  • Some great news! I’m at Morisset Police Station with Lake Macquarie Police Superintendent Danny Sullivan to announce that nine new highway patrol officers Morisset is home base for new Highway Patrol police cluster 31st March 2021 Some great news! I’m at Morisset Police Station with Lake Macquarie Police Superintendent Danny Sullivan to announce that nine new highway patrol officers ... more
  • A big Happy Birthday to the Royal Australian Air Force which turns 100 today. The RAAF has played a massive role in protecting and shaping our country, and of RAAF marks centenary milestone 31st March 2021 A big Happy Birthday to the Royal Australian Air Force which turns 100 today. The RAAF has played a massive role in protecting and shaping our country, and of ... more
  • All still good in NSW, not so good in QLD with new health orders issued for anyone who has been in Brisbane or the Byron Bay area recently. If you have been in the Covid update - Tuesday 30th March 2021 All still good in NSW, not so good in QLD with new health orders issued for anyone who has been in Brisbane or the Byron Bay area recently. If you have been in the ... more
  • A bit of news to get through today as the situation in Brisbane has worsened. Firstly, all good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 12th day in a row, Covid update - Monday 29th March 2021 A bit of news to get through today as the situation in Brisbane has worsened. Firstly, all good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 12th day in a row, ... more
  • Here's a full list of venues in the local area which are accepting your Dine and Discover NSW vouchers. Please remember that your vouchers can now be used on any day of the week, including public holidays, but only at participating businesses Where to use your Dine and Discover vouchers 29th March 2021 Here's a full list of venues in the local area which are accepting your Dine and Discover NSW vouchers. Please remember that your vouchers can now be used on any day of the week, including public holidays, but only at participating businesses ... more
  • All good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 11th day in a row, and no cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. That’s not the Covid update - Sunday 28th March 2021 All good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 11th day in a row, and no cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. That’s not the ... more
  • A quick Covid update, and my apologies - another very busy week in Parliament and I've neglected the daily updates. Vaccinations are still rolling out although not as Covid update - Friday 26th March 2021 A quick Covid update, and my apologies - another very busy week in Parliament and I've neglected the daily updates. Vaccinations are still rolling out although not as ... more
  • Over the past two parliamentary sitting weeks I've had the absolute pleasure of hosting school leaders and legal studies students from Great to host student leaders at Parliament 25th March 2021 Over the past two parliamentary sitting weeks I've had the absolute pleasure of hosting school leaders and legal studies students from ... more
  • The Premier has today announced that a raft of Covid restrictions will be eased from next Monday, March 29. Among them: No restrictions on dancing, including at weddings Covid restrictions to be eased 24th March 2021 The Premier has today announced that a raft of Covid restrictions will be eased from next Monday, March 29. Among them: No restrictions on dancing, including at weddings ... more
  • The Bureau of Meteorology is finally predicting that the rain will start to leave us about 9pm tonight. Finally! A severe weather warning remains in place, however, 1pm flood and weather update 23rd March 2021 The Bureau of Meteorology is finally predicting that the rain will start to leave us about 9pm tonight. Finally! A severe weather warning remains in place, however, ... more
  • The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rain will continue in the area today and possibly worsen tomorrow. Low-level flooding is occurring in low-lying areas 8am weather and flooding update 22nd March 2021 The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rain will continue in the area today and possibly worsen tomorrow. Low-level flooding is occurring in low-lying areas ... more
  • The Parliamentary committee which was looking into the costs of remediating coal ash dams has handed down its findings today. Many local people and groups, Coal ash inquiry releases final report 22nd March 2021 The Parliamentary committee which was looking into the costs of remediating coal ash dams has handed down its findings today. Many local people and groups, ... more
  • Just a quick Covid update, which I apologise for not getting to over the past few days! As you may have heard, there's been delays in the Federal Government getting Covid update - Monday 22nd March 2021 Just a quick Covid update, which I apologise for not getting to over the past few days! As you may have heard, there's been delays in the Federal Government getting ... more
  • Parts of the Hunter have been declared a natural disaster zone. We have some moderate flooding in low-lying areas at the moment, but the Bureau is warning us 3pm weather and flooding update 21st March 2021 Parts of the Hunter have been declared a natural disaster zone. We have some moderate flooding in low-lying areas at the moment, but the Bureau is warning us ... more
  • The next wave of heavy rain is expected to reach our district about 7.30pm. The Bureau is advising that we’ll keep getting these waves throughout tomorrow and into
7pm weather and flooding update 21st March 2021 The next wave of heavy rain is expected to reach our district about 7.30pm. The Bureau is advising that we’ll keep getting these waves throughout tomorrow and into ... more
  • Lake Macquarie City Council has advised that the following roads have been closed due to water over the road: Wangi Rd, Toronto; Pillapai Road Brightwaters; Weir Rd Flood update: road and school closures 21st March 2021 Lake Macquarie City Council has advised that the following roads have been closed due to water over the road: Wangi Rd, Toronto; Pillapai Road Brightwaters; Weir Rd ... more
  • How’s everyone holding up out there? A fair bit of rain still coming in but no major issues for us at the moment. Not the same for some of our neighbours in the valley Trains suspended due to flooding 20th March 2021 How’s everyone holding up out there? A fair bit of rain still coming in but no major issues for us at the moment. Not the same for some of our neighbours in the valley ... more
  • Service NSW has confirmed that all vouchers CAN be used 7 days a week except on public holidays. This rule is effective from 9am today (Saturday). The confusion was Vouchers now valid every day of the week 20th March 2021 Service NSW has confirmed that all vouchers CAN be used 7 days a week except on public holidays. This rule is effective from 9am today (Saturday). The confusion was ... more
  • Despite the drenching we got yesterday, more severe weather is on the way. Parts of the local area including Toronto and Wangi recorded about 150mm of rain yesterday, 150mm of rain, more to come 19th March 2021 Despite the drenching we got yesterday, more severe weather is on the way. Parts of the local area including Toronto and Wangi recorded about 150mm of rain yesterday, ... more
  • Service NSW flicked the switch for us last night so the Dine and Discover NSW vouchers are now available to Lake Macquarie residents. You can download your $100 Dine and Discover vouchers available now 18th March 2021 Service NSW flicked the switch for us last night so the Dine and Discover NSW vouchers are now available to Lake Macquarie residents. You can download your ... more
  • I'm hearing it's pretty wet at home. I'm down in Sydney as Parliament is sitting and the rain has only just started to come down heavy here. The Bureau has predicted a Wild weather here for a few days 18th March 2021 I'm hearing it's pretty wet at home. I'm down in Sydney as Parliament is sitting and the rain has only just started to come down heavy here. The Bureau has predicted a ... more
  • There were a further 3831 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the total so far to 41,444. There has been 191,066 nationally. That number will climb quickly from next Covid update - Wednesday 17th March 2021 There were a further 3831 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the total so far to 41,444. There has been 191,066 nationally. That number will climb quickly from next ... more
  • Lake Macquarie residents will soon be able to access their four $25 Dine and Discover vouchers, so if you don't yet have a Service NSW account, or if you have Dining vouchers available soon 17th March 2021 Lake Macquarie residents will soon be able to access their four $25 Dine and Discover vouchers, so if you don't yet have a Service NSW account, or if you have ... more
  • The good news is that there has been no new case linked to that of the hotel quarantine worker in Sydney which was reported two days ago. Just the two new
Covid update - Tuesday 16th March 2021 The good news is that there has been no new case linked to that of the hotel quarantine worker in Sydney which was reported two days ago. Just the two new ... more
  • As reported yesterday, NSW has recorded its first case of community transmission in almost two months. A security guard from a quarantine hotel in Sydney has been Covid update - Monday 15th March 2021 As reported yesterday, NSW has recorded its first case of community transmission in almost two months. A security guard from a quarantine hotel in Sydney has been ... more
  • The State’s run of 55 days with no community transmission has come to an end with a hotel quarantine worker testing positive this morning (not included in the graphic Covid update - Sunday 14th March 2021 The State’s run of 55 days with no community transmission has come to an end with a hotel quarantine worker testing positive this morning (not included in the graphic ... more
  • There were 4313 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the State's total so far to 31,313. The vaccination hub at John Hunter Hospital will open on Monday, but only Covid update - Friday 12th March 2021 There were 4313 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the State's total so far to 31,313. The vaccination hub at John Hunter Hospital will open on Monday, but only ... more
  • Seven local schools have had facility upgrades approved in the second round of the government's Regional School Renewal Program. This is the program aimed at Seven local schools in line for upgrades 12th March 2021 Seven local schools have had facility upgrades approved in the second round of the government's Regional School Renewal Program. This is the program aimed at ... more
  • I still get a lot of questions about NSW taking the lion's share of returned international travellers, and in light of the stupid statements made by some of our Covid update - Thursday 11th March 2021 I still get a lot of questions about NSW taking the lion's share of returned international travellers, and in light of the stupid statements made by some of our ... more
  • NSW has received another 100,000 doses of the vaccine so vaccination numbers will start to ramp up quickly. A further 3077 people were vaccinated yesterday, bringing Covid update - Wednesday 10th March 2021 NSW has received another 100,000 doses of the vaccine so vaccination numbers will start to ramp up quickly. A further 3077 people were vaccinated yesterday, bringing ... more
  • Many of you know the very talented Saretta Fielding from Toronto, but for those who don't, let me introduce you to the Lake Macquarie Local Woman of the Year! I was so pleased to join Saretta in Sydney this morning for the NSW Women of the Year Saretta is our Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year 10th March 2021 Many of you know the very talented Saretta Fielding from Toronto, but for those who don't, let me introduce you to the Lake Macquarie Local Woman of the Year! I was so pleased to join Saretta in Sydney this morning for the NSW Women of the Year ... more
  • More than 89,000 vaccinations have so far been carried out in Australia. Of those, almost 22,000 have been given in NSW. A long way to go but we can expect to see Covid update - Tuesday 9th March 2021 More than 89,000 vaccinations have so far been carried out in Australia. Of those, almost 22,000 have been given in NSW. A long way to go but we can expect to see ... more
  • As you know, the Covid vaccine rollout has begun in Australia. It's the largest and most difficult logistics exercise in Australia's public health history, so it's going to take Vaccination update 9th March 2021 As you know, the Covid vaccine rollout has begun in Australia. It's the largest and most difficult logistics exercise in Australia's public health history, so it's going to take ... more
  • Well done NSW! That's 50 consecutive days without a case of community transmission. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in the past Covid update - Monday 8th March 2021 Well done NSW! That's 50 consecutive days without a case of community transmission. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in the past ... more
  • Here's to all the wonderful women who keep our world going! Where would we be without you? Happy International Women's Day to you all, especially the ones close Happy International Women's Day! 8th March 2021 Here's to all the wonderful women who keep our world going! Where would we be without you? Happy International Women's Day to you all, especially the ones close ... more
  • For the 49th consecutive day there were no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. There were 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers Covid update - Sunday 7th March 2021 For the 49th consecutive day there were no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. There were 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers ... more
  • All things still good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours - that's 48 consecutive days. There were 3 new cases among Covid update - Saturday 6th March 2021 All things still good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours - that's 48 consecutive days. There were 3 new cases among ... more
  • Covid restrictions at public schools to change. The Premier has announced an easing of Covid-related restrictions on public schools. From next Monday, March 8, parents Covid update - Friday 5th March 2021 Covid restrictions at public schools to change. The Premier has announced an easing of Covid-related restrictions on public schools. From next Monday, March 8, parents ... more
  • The news remains good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 46th day in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned overseas Covid update - Thursday 4th March 2021 The news remains good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 46th day in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned overseas ... more
  • RSVP date extended. Limited spaces are still available for anyone would like attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting with special guest speaker Gareth Ward Places still available for Zoom meeting with Minister 4th March 2021 RSVP date extended. Limited spaces are still available for anyone would like attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting with special guest speaker Gareth Ward ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 45th day in a row. There were 6 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in the past 24 Covid update - Wednesday 3rd March 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 45th day in a row. There were 6 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in the past 24 ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 44th day in a row. There were 3 new cases among the returned overseas travellers. The Hunter Region Covid update - Tuesday 2nd March 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 44th day in a row. There were 3 new cases among the returned overseas travellers. The Hunter Region ... more
  • Morisset Showground has been a major part of our local community since 1936, but its future use and management are now being reviewed by Lake Macquarie City Morisset Showground's future under the spotlight 2nd March 2021 Morisset Showground has been a major part of our local community since 1936, but its future use and management are now being reviewed by Lake Macquarie City ... more
  • The vaccination rollout is going well so far (more than 10,000 health workers and quarantine staff vaccinated in NSW already), but I'm disappointed that frontline Covid update - Monday 1st March 2021 The vaccination rollout is going well so far (more than 10,000 health workers and quarantine staff vaccinated in NSW already), but I'm disappointed that frontline ... more
  • Lake Macquarie City Council now has its draft plans for the Toronto waterfront on public exhibition without, I'm pleased to say, any six-storey buildings on the Have your say on Toronto waterfront plan 1st March 2021 Lake Macquarie City Council now has its draft plans for the Toronto waterfront on public exhibition without, I'm pleased to say, any six-storey buildings on the ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, that's 42 consecutive days. There were 5 new cases among the returned overseas
Covid update - Sunday 28th February 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, that's 42 consecutive days. There were 5 new cases among the returned overseas ... more
  • Community awareness of the need to take action on the massive amount of coal ash that has been and is being produced from our power stations is Community meeting raises concern over coal ash 27th February 2021 Community awareness of the need to take action on the massive amount of coal ash that has been and is being produced from our power stations is ... more
  • The good news rolls on (touch wood!) - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, and that's the 40th day in a row. There Covid update - Friday 26th February 2021 The good news rolls on (touch wood!) - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, and that's the 40th day in a row. There ... more
  • We're finally going to see a significant upgrade and traffic lights at the intersection of Alton Rd, Freemans Drive and Central Road at Cooranbong. The State Government $4.95m to fix Cooranbong intersection 25th February 2021 We're finally going to see a significant upgrade and traffic lights at the intersection of Alton Rd, Freemans Drive and Central Road at Cooranbong. The State Government ... more
  • A further easing of restrictions will take place at midnight tonight, meaning we're not far off getting back to life as it was pre-Covid. A summary of those changes is in the Covid update - Thursday 25th February 2021 A further easing of restrictions will take place at midnight tonight, meaning we're not far off getting back to life as it was pre-Covid. A summary of those changes is in the ... more
  • NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 38 days in a row. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas Covid update - Wednesday 24th February 2021 NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 38 days in a row. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas ... more
  • It was wonderful to visit the Heritage College Lake Macquarie today and speak with Legal Studies and Commerce Class students. I'm always impressed Great to visit Heritage College 24th February 2021 It was wonderful to visit the Heritage College Lake Macquarie today and speak with Legal Studies and Commerce Class students. I'm always impressed ... more
  • Very happy to announce that we've been able to secure $1.71m in State funding which will allow Lake Macquarie City Council to replace the bridge on Wilton $1.7m for new bridge at Awaba 23rd February 2021 Very happy to announce that we've been able to secure $1.71m in State funding which will allow Lake Macquarie City Council to replace the bridge on Wilton ... more
  • NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 37 days in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned Covid update - Tuesday 23rd February 2021 NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 37 days in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned ... more
  • I’m pleased to invite you to attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting. Our special guest speaker will be Gareth Ward, Minister for Families, You're invited to meet the Minister 23rd February 2021 I’m pleased to invite you to attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting. Our special guest speaker will be Gareth Ward, Minister for Families, ... more
  • Today marks 200 days since Hunter New England Health district recorded a locally-acquired case of Covid-19. Our last case was on August 6 last year. Given 200 days Covid-free for Lake Macquarie 22nd February 2021 Today marks 200 days since Hunter New England Health district recorded a locally-acquired case of Covid-19. Our last case was on August 6 last year. Given ... more
  • As I posted earlier, today marks 200 days since the last locally-acquired case in the Hunter-New England Health district. What an effort! Today also marks the start of Covid update - Monday 22nd February 2021 As I posted earlier, today marks 200 days since the last locally-acquired case in the Hunter-New England Health district. What an effort! Today also marks the start of ... more
  • I have to say, I've never been more excited about a sewer project in my life! Happy to report that connections to the new sewer network at Wyee are still on track to start Wyee sewer connection update 22nd February 2021 I have to say, I've never been more excited about a sewer project in my life! Happy to report that connections to the new sewer network at Wyee are still on track to start ... more
  • It’s a pretty big day in our fight to keep Covid-19 at bay with the first vaccinations in Australia starting today. NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission Covid update - Sunday 21st February 2021 It’s a pretty big day in our fight to keep Covid-19 at bay with the first vaccinations in Australia starting today. NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission ... more
  • The good news is that despite me being placed in Facebook exile for a few days, NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission over that period. Covid update - Saturday 20th February 2021 The good news is that despite me being placed in Facebook exile for a few days, NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission over that period. ... more
  • After a brief involuntary break from Facebook, my Page is back! The stoush between the Government and Facebook has been quite extraordinary and I hope that it is Page is back from Facebook exile! 20th February 2021 After a brief involuntary break from Facebook, my Page is back! The stoush between the Government and Facebook has been quite extraordinary and I hope that it is ... more
  • I believe my Facebook page has been impacted by the changes being rolled out today by Facebook and that most people are unable to access it. Who knew that I Facebook page is down temporarily 18th February 2021 I believe my Facebook page has been impacted by the changes being rolled out today by Facebook and that most people are unable to access it. Who knew that I ... more
  • A lot has been said recently, mainly by the Victorian and QLD Premiers, about our quarantine system in NSW and our position on border closures. A lot of it is just Covid update - Wednesday 17th February 2021 A lot has been said recently, mainly by the Victorian and QLD Premiers, about our quarantine system in NSW and our position on border closures. A lot of it is just ... more
  • In some encouraging news, the number of Covid cases recorded globally has been dropping significantly in recent weeks. Case numbers reached over 850,000 a day Covid update - Tuesday 16th February 2021 In some encouraging news, the number of Covid cases recorded globally has been dropping significantly in recent weeks. Case numbers reached over 850,000 a day ... more
  • Lots of zeroes which is a great way to start the week - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 29 consecutive days, and no new cases Covid update - Monday 15th February 2021 Lots of zeroes which is a great way to start the week - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 29 consecutive days, and no new cases ... more
  • A new record for NSW today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 28 consecutive days. Just 2 new cases among the returned overseas Covid update - Sunday 14th February 2021 A new record for NSW today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 28 consecutive days. Just 2 new cases among the returned overseas ... more
  • Just a reminder to all local sporting clubs that applications are open for the second round of Regional Sport Facility Grants. Applications close on February 26. Grants Apply now for Sport Facility Grants 13th February 2021 Just a reminder to all local sporting clubs that applications are open for the second round of Regional Sport Facility Grants. Applications close on February 26. Grants ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 27th consecutive day, and just 2 new cases have emerged among the returned overseas Covid update - Saturday 13th February 2021 No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 27th consecutive day, and just 2 new cases have emerged among the returned overseas ... more
  • UPDATE: Victoria will enter a 5-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight. No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 26th consecutive day, Covid update - Friday 12th February 2021 UPDATE: Victoria will enter a 5-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight. No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 26th consecutive day, ... more
  • Have you recently returned to Lake Macquarie from Victoria? NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard will shortly issue a directive which will require anyone who has recently Have you recently returned from Victoria? 12th February 2021 Have you recently returned to Lake Macquarie from Victoria? NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard will shortly issue a directive which will require anyone who has recently ... more
  • In good news, there's been no new case of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 25th consecutive day, and just 3 new cases have emerged Covid update - Thursday 11th February 2021 In good news, there's been no new case of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 25th consecutive day, and just 3 new cases have emerged ... more
  • The Government has today introduced new legislation to Parliament which will be known as the Four Angels Law. It follows the horrific incident in Sydney's west last A small bit of good comes from road tragedy 10th February 2021 The Government has today introduced new legislation to Parliament which will be known as the Four Angels Law. It follows the horrific incident in Sydney's west last ... more
  • The Premier has today announced a further easing of restrictions. From Friday, venues such as cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs, retail outlets etc will be allowed Covid update - Wednesday 10th February 2021 The Premier has today announced a further easing of restrictions. From Friday, venues such as cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs, retail outlets etc will be allowed ... more
  • 23 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter Covid update - Tuesday 9th February 2021 23 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 22nd consecutive day, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine Covid update - Monday 8th February 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 22nd consecutive day, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine ... more
  • 21 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW and just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter Covid update - Sunday 7th February 2021 21 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW and just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter ... more
  • 20 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter- Covid update - Saturday 6th February 2021 20 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter- ... more
  • A whole heap of beautiful zeroes today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 19th consecutive day, and no new cases among the Covid update - Friday 5th February 2021 A whole heap of beautiful zeroes today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 19th consecutive day, and no new cases among the ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Police have recovered a large amount of bikes, power tools, fishing equipment and other items allegedly stolen from homes and cars in the Bolton Point Police recover goods stolen from Bolton Point area 5th February 2021 Lake Macquarie Police have recovered a large amount of bikes, power tools, fishing equipment and other items allegedly stolen from homes and cars in the Bolton Point ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 18th consecutive day. There's been a fair bit of media about a new case in Victoria yesterday and one Covid update - Thursday 4th February 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 18th consecutive day. There's been a fair bit of media about a new case in Victoria yesterday and one ... more
  • We have an amazing lake environment but we also know that our natural environment is fragile and needs to be protected. It was great to have Local Government State grant for projects at Dora Creek and Wyee Bay 4th February 2021 We have an amazing lake environment but we also know that our natural environment is fragile and needs to be protected. It was great to have Local Government ... more
  • 17 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Testing numbers were also up over the past day so that's good news as well. The Hunter- Covid update - Wednesday 3rd February 2021 17 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Testing numbers were also up over the past day so that's good news as well. The Hunter- ... more
  • Was thinking about pausing the daily updates but I'm worried that might jinx our good run! No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 16th Covid update - Tuesday 2nd February 2021 Was thinking about pausing the daily updates but I'm worried that might jinx our good run! No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 16th ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 15th consecutive day. There has been, as you may have heard, a new case in Western Australia and Covid update - Monday 1st February 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 15th consecutive day. There has been, as you may have heard, a new case in Western Australia and ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW or Australia for the 14th consecutive day. As you may have heard, that’s the longest stretch in Australia since Covid update - Sunday 31st January 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW or Australia for the 14th consecutive day. As you may have heard, that’s the longest stretch in Australia since ... more
  • Happy to report that the good run continues: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 13th consecutive day. A reminder also that the Covid update - Saturday 30th January 2021 Happy to report that the good run continues: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 13th consecutive day. A reminder also that the ... more
  • I was pleased to meet dedicated volunteers of Dying with Dignity NSW at Morisset this morning as they gather signatures to drive home the message that Australians I support Dying With Dignity 30th January 2021 I was pleased to meet dedicated volunteers of Dying with Dignity NSW at Morisset this morning as they gather signatures to drive home the message that Australians ... more
  • The good news continues today: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 12th consecutive day. That's not simply about luck, it's about good Covid update - Friday 29th January 2021 The good news continues today: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 12th consecutive day. That's not simply about luck, it's about good ... more
  • 11 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The QLD border will reopen to all NSW residents on Monday. No quarantining required by
Covid update - Thursday 28th January 2021 11 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The QLD border will reopen to all NSW residents on Monday. No quarantining required by ... more
  • The Premier has announced some changes to Covid restrictions. These changes apply only to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong - any current Changes to Covid restrictions announced 27th January 2021 The Premier has announced some changes to Covid restrictions. These changes apply only to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong - any current ... more
  • 10 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Premier has flagged that an easing of restrictions will be discussed with health Covid update - Wednesday 27th January 2021 10 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Premier has flagged that an easing of restrictions will be discussed with health ... more
  • Do you know a local woman who is deserving of recognition for their service or contribution to the community? Then please nominate them for the NSW Women of Nominate your Woman of the Year 27th January 2021 Do you know a local woman who is deserving of recognition for their service or contribution to the community? Then please nominate them for the NSW Women of ... more
  • Another day of no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. That’s 9 consecutive days.The number of recorded cases worldwide hit 100 million overnight, Covid update - Tuesday 26th January 2021 Another day of no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. That’s 9 consecutive days.The number of recorded cases worldwide hit 100 million overnight, ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 8th consecutive day. Today also marks one year since the first case of Covid-19 was diagnosed in Covid update - Monday 25th January 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 8th consecutive day. Today also marks one year since the first case of Covid-19 was diagnosed in ... more
  • For the 7th consecutive day, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 170 days without a locally- Covid update - Sunday 24th January 2021 For the 7th consecutive day, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 170 days without a locally- ... more
  • An update on the Lake Macquarie shark attack which occurred late yesterday: the man was swimming at Yarrawonga Park about 6.30pm when he was bitten on the Shark attack at Yarrawonga Park 24th January 2021 An update on the Lake Macquarie shark attack which occurred late yesterday: the man was swimming at Yarrawonga Park about 6.30pm when he was bitten on the ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the sixth day in a row. In fact, there has been no community transmission anywhere In Australia over Covid update - Saturday 23rd January 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the sixth day in a row. In fact, there has been no community transmission anywhere In Australia over ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the fifth day in a row. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 168 days without a locally-acquired Covid update - Friday 22nd January 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the fifth day in a row. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 168 days without a locally-acquired ... more
  • We've got a warm few days ahead, so if you need an excuse to forget about mowing the lawns this weekend, this is it. The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting temps to NSW Health issues heatwave warning 22nd January 2021 We've got a warm few days ahead, so if you need an excuse to forget about mowing the lawns this weekend, this is it. The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting temps to ... more
  • Four days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 167 days without a locally-acquired case. Covid update - Thursday 21st January 2021 Four days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 167 days without a locally-acquired case. ... more
  • Some better news today. NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW for the third consecutive day, and testing numbers are up. Further to my comments about Covid update - Wednesday 20th January 2021 Some better news today. NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW for the third consecutive day, and testing numbers are up. Further to my comments about ... more
  • The State Government announced last year that it will issue every NSW resident aged over 18 with four $25 vouchers as part of its Covid economic stimulus package. Update: Your $100 Dine and Discover NSW vouchers 20th January 2021 The State Government announced last year that it will issue every NSW resident aged over 18 with four $25 vouchers as part of its Covid economic stimulus package. ... more
  • For the second day running, there were NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but testing numbers are still down and remain a Covid update - Tuesday 19th January 2021 For the second day running, there were NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but testing numbers are still down and remain a ... more
  • There's high demand for social housing in Lake Macquarie and today I was pleased to join Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward at the New social housing opens at Cardiff 19th January 2021 There's high demand for social housing in Lake Macquarie and today I was pleased to join Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward at the ... more
  • Applications for this year's Regional Seniors Travel Card open today, January 18. You are eligible for the $250 card if you live in Lake Macquarie and meet any of this Apply now for Regional Seniors Travel Card 18th January 2021 Applications for this year's Regional Seniors Travel Card open today, January 18. You are eligible for the $250 card if you live in Lake Macquarie and meet any of this ... more
  • There were no new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but NSW Health has expressed a growing concern about another drop in testing Covid update - Monday 18th January 2021 There were no new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but NSW Health has expressed a growing concern about another drop in testing ... more
  • A bit of a step backwards today. There were 6 new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but all are close contacts of the single case in Covid update - Sunday 17th January 2021 A bit of a step backwards today. There were 6 new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but all are close contacts of the single case in ... more
  • Just the 1 new case of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but 11 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. The 1
Covid update - Saturday 16th January 2021 Just the 1 new case of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but 11 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. The 1 ... more
  • Happy that this has been resolved quickly. Just grateful the problem came to light before an incident triggered it. Hunters and mountain bikers are certainly not a Hunting ban a relief for mountainbikers 16th January 2021 Happy that this has been resolved quickly. Just grateful the problem came to light before an incident triggered it. Hunters and mountain bikers are certainly not a ... more
  • Saddened to learn that Taffy Davies has passed away at Bonnells Bay, not far off his 100th birthday. He was a tremendous bloke who had a fascinating life and a wicked Bay loses a wonderful character in Taffy Davies 15th January 2021 Saddened to learn that Taffy Davies has passed away at Bonnells Bay, not far off his 100th birthday. He was a tremendous bloke who had a fascinating life and a wicked ... more
  • A very sad milestone was reached this morning when the global death toll passed two million. The situations in the UK, the US and Europe are horrendous and will Covid update - Friday 15th January 2021 A very sad milestone was reached this morning when the global death toll passed two million. The situations in the UK, the US and Europe are horrendous and will ... more
  • The good news today is that there's been zero new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the 24 hours to 8pm. Hopefully that trend continues. There Covid update - Thursday 14th January 2021 The good news today is that there's been zero new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the 24 hours to 8pm. Hopefully that trend continues. There ... more
  • For the first time since the Northern Beaches outbreak began in mid-December, active case numbers in NSW have started to decline, falling by 9 yesterday to 191. Covid update - Wednesday 13th January 2021 For the first time since the Northern Beaches outbreak began in mid-December, active case numbers in NSW have started to decline, falling by 9 yesterday to 191. ... more
  • I still have plenty of free copies of the 2021 Seniors Card Directory and the 2021 Legal Aid Diary for Seniors available in my office. Both are really handy publications. Free copies of seniors' diaries available 13th January 2021 I still have plenty of free copies of the 2021 Seniors Card Directory and the 2021 Legal Aid Diary for Seniors available in my office. Both are really handy publications. ... more
  • Origin Energy has today announced that it is moving ahead with plans to install a 700-megawatt battery at Eraring Power Station. This would be the biggest of its Big news for Eraring power station 12th January 2021 Origin Energy has today announced that it is moving ahead with plans to install a 700-megawatt battery at Eraring Power Station. This would be the biggest of its ... more
  • There were 5 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. Of those, two are in the Mt Druitt area in western Sydney and the source is Covid update - Tuesday 12th January 2021 There were 5 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. Of those, two are in the Mt Druitt area in western Sydney and the source is ... more
  • The good news is that the Sydney clusters remain under control and the local area remains Covid-free. Just 3 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the Covid update - Monday 11th January 2021 The good news is that the Sydney clusters remain under control and the local area remains Covid-free. Just 3 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the ... more
  • Just the 1 new case of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, showing that things remain under control. That case is linked to the Berala cluster. Covid update - Sunday 10th January 2021 Just the 1 new case of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, showing that things remain under control. That case is linked to the Berala cluster. ... more
  • Just the 1 new case of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, showing that things remain under control. That case is linked to the Berala cluster. Covid update - Saturday 9th January 2021 Just the 1 new case of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, showing that things remain under control. That case is linked to the Berala cluster. ... more
  • There were 4 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. Two are linked to the Berala cluster, one to the Croydon cluster and one on the Covid update - Friday 8th January 2021 There were 4 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. Two are linked to the Berala cluster, one to the Croydon cluster and one on the ... more
  • Restrictions for A-League games, starting with the Jets game in Newcastle tonight. This is the statement issued by NSW Health: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 Fans from hotspots banned from soccer 8th January 2021 Restrictions for A-League games, starting with the Jets game in Newcastle tonight. This is the statement issued by NSW Health: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 ... more
  • There was no community transmission anywhere in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. There were 6 new cases among the returned overseas travellers, however, and they have Covid update - Thursday 7th January 2021 There was no community transmission anywhere in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. There were 6 new cases among the returned overseas travellers, however, and they have ... more
  • There were four new cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to 8pm, and all are in Sydney. Of those, three are linked to Sydney clusters although one of the three Covid update - Wednesday 6th January 2021 There were four new cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to 8pm, and all are in Sydney. Of those, three are linked to Sydney clusters although one of the three ... more
  • Official advice from Venues NSW re Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers game this Friday. McDonald Jones Stadium has established rigorous COVID Safety Plan Further crowd restrictions at soccer 6th January 2021 Official advice from Venues NSW re Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers game this Friday. McDonald Jones Stadium has established rigorous COVID Safety Plan ... more
  • I've been asked numerous times about the upcoming A-League match at McDonald Jones Stadium and the risk of people coming to the Hunter for the match from identified Restrictions for Jets' A-League match 6th January 2021 I've been asked numerous times about the upcoming A-League match at McDonald Jones Stadium and the risk of people coming to the Hunter for the match from identified ... more
  • There were four new cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to 8pm, and all are in Sydney. There were also 4 new cases among the returned overseas travellers Covid update - Tuesday 5th January 2021 There were four new cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to 8pm, and all are in Sydney. There were also 4 new cases among the returned overseas travellers ... more
  • ZERO COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION! There has been zero community transmission anywhere in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm which is great news, however NSW Health Covid update - Monday 4th January 2021 ZERO COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION! There has been zero community transmission anywhere in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm which is great news, however NSW Health ... more
  • There were 8 new cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, and 3 among the returned overseas travellers. All of the new cases are linked to the clusters in Sydney. Locally, Covid update - Sunday 3rd January 2021 There were 8 new cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, and 3 among the returned overseas travellers. All of the new cases are linked to the clusters in Sydney. Locally, ... more
  • From today, wearing a mask is mandatory if you’re visiting supermarkets or shopping centres, indoor theatres or entertainment venues, places of worship, casinos or gaming Masks now mandatory on Central Coast and Sydney 3rd January 2021 From today, wearing a mask is mandatory if you’re visiting supermarkets or shopping centres, indoor theatres or entertainment venues, places of worship, casinos or gaming ... more
  • There were 3 new cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, and 2 among the returned overseas travellers. Each of the three new cases was recorded in Western Sydney but Covid update - Friday 1st January 2021 There were 3 new cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, and 2 among the returned overseas travellers. Each of the three new cases was recorded in Western Sydney but ... more
  • So we managed to find a way through 2020 pretty well, didn’t we? Surely we can stop for a minute and celebrate that! We have some challenges ahead, but we’ll get through Play it safe on New Year's Eve 31st December 2020 So we managed to find a way through 2020 pretty well, didn’t we? Surely we can stop for a minute and celebrate that! We have some challenges ahead, but we’ll get through ... more
  • The 2021 Legal Aid diary for seniors is out now and I have plenty of free copies available for those who want one. The Legal Aid diary is full of handy information for 2021 Legal Aid for Seniors diary available 21st December 2020 The 2021 Legal Aid diary for seniors is out now and I have plenty of free copies available for those who want one. The Legal Aid diary is full of handy information for ... more
  • I was joined by Minister for the Arts Don Harwin today to mark the start of construction of the new Multi-Arts Pavilion in Speers Point Park. The NSW Govt has Work to start on new arts hub 18th December 2020 I was joined by Minister for the Arts Don Harwin today to mark the start of construction of the new Multi-Arts Pavilion in Speers Point Park. The NSW Govt has ... more
  • Not good news, I'm afraid. NSW Health has advised that Sydney's Northern Beaches cluster has grown to 17 this afternoon. If you have visited that area Public health alert 17th December 2020 Not good news, I'm afraid. NSW Health has advised that Sydney's Northern Beaches cluster has grown to 17 this afternoon. If you have visited that area ... more
  • My office has had quite a few inquiries about the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card for 2021. Yes, eligible people living in my Lake Macquarie electorate ARE entitled to More details on 2021 Regional Seniors Travel Card 16th December 2020 My office has had quite a few inquiries about the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card for 2021. Yes, eligible people living in my Lake Macquarie electorate ARE entitled to ... more
  • This morning I had the pleasure of presenting Penny and Rob Furner from Kilaben Bay with a Community Service Award. For over a decade, the Furners have devoted Rob and Penny Furner honoured for their community service 16th December 2020 This morning I had the pleasure of presenting Penny and Rob Furner from Kilaben Bay with a Community Service Award. For over a decade, the Furners have devoted ... more
  • The 2021 SENIORS CARD DIRECTORY is out now and I have plenty of free copies available in my Toronto electorate office. If you're passing, call in and pick one up for 2021 Seniors Card Directory now available 15th December 2020 The 2021 SENIORS CARD DIRECTORY is out now and I have plenty of free copies available in my Toronto electorate office. If you're passing, call in and pick one up for ... more
  • A few changes to the Covid restrictions start today and they should make the end-of-year Christmas parties a bit merrier! Details are in the pics below, but please bear in 50 people allowed in a private home 14th December 2020 A few changes to the Covid restrictions start today and they should make the end-of-year Christmas parties a bit merrier! Details are in the pics below, but please bear in ... more
  • What an extraordinary story! 2020 continues to get weirder! Looks like a tawny frogmouth to me, but nevertheless, the story's a hoot! Lake Macquarie Police had this Driver hit by low-flying tawny frogmouth 13th December 2020 What an extraordinary story! 2020 continues to get weirder! Looks like a tawny frogmouth to me, but nevertheless, the story's a hoot! Lake Macquarie Police had this ... more
  • I’m hosting Deputy Premier John Barilaro in Lake Macquarie this morning to show him how our area could provide this State and others with an effective, reliable and Dep Premier inspects possible solution to State's aerial firefighting needs 8th December 2020 I’m hosting Deputy Premier John Barilaro in Lake Macquarie this morning to show him how our area could provide this State and others with an effective, reliable and ... more
  • The Regional Planning Panel has approved the $49m plans for Costco to establish its retail warehouse and fuel station on the former Pasminco site near Boolaroo.
Costco Lake Macquarie approved 4th December 2020 The Regional Planning Panel has approved the $49m plans for Costco to establish its retail warehouse and fuel station on the former Pasminco site near Boolaroo. ... more
  • The NSW Electoral Commission is in the process of reviewing boundaries for State electorates. The current plan shows that Cardiff South would be moved out of my Proposed boundary shift, Cardiff South 4th December 2020 The NSW Electoral Commission is in the process of reviewing boundaries for State electorates. The current plan shows that Cardiff South would be moved out of my ... more
  • CHANGES TO COVID RESTRICTIONS: A raft of changes to the current restrictions have been announced today and are effective from next Monday. Here's a summary Changes to Covid restrictions announced 2nd December 2020 CHANGES TO COVID RESTRICTIONS: A raft of changes to the current restrictions have been announced today and are effective from next Monday. Here's a summary ... more
  • The new playground at Morisset's Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park is now open. It features an upper activity area for younger kids and a lower area for older kids, as New Morisset playground now open 2nd December 2020 The new playground at Morisset's Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park is now open. It features an upper activity area for younger kids and a lower area for older kids, as ... more
  • Lovely to be out at Coal Point this morning for Lake Macquarie Landcare's annual awards. All of these people deserve awards but the group likes to honour some of its Top honours for our Landcarers 2nd December 2020 Lovely to be out at Coal Point this morning for Lake Macquarie Landcare's annual awards. All of these people deserve awards but the group likes to honour some of its ... more
  • Lake Macquarie council has released its new masterplan for the Toronto foreshore and I'm very happy to see that the two six-storey buildings planned for Bath St near Council releases new plan for Toronto waterfront 1st December 2020 Lake Macquarie council has released its new masterplan for the Toronto foreshore and I'm very happy to see that the two six-storey buildings planned for Bath St near ... more
  • Eighteen community, sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded grants to improve or upgrade their facilities and Funding win for 18 local projects 1st December 2020 Eighteen community, sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded grants to improve or upgrade their facilities and ... more
  • The new air quality monitor for SW Lake Macquarie (at Mirrabooka) is now fully operational. Local air quality readings are updated every hour and are available Air quality monitor up and running 30th November 2020 The new air quality monitor for SW Lake Macquarie (at Mirrabooka) is now fully operational. Local air quality readings are updated every hour and are available ... more
  • The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting that temperatures on the western side of Lake Macquarie will hit 37 tomorrow and 43 on Sunday as a heatwave stretches We're in for a scorching weekend 28th November 2020 The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting that temperatures on the western side of Lake Macquarie will hit 37 tomorrow and 43 on Sunday as a heatwave stretches ... more
  • Some great news to end the week on! Happy to report that we've secured more than $1.2m for four local projects under the Resources for Regions program. The State $1.2m for four local projects 27th November 2020 Some great news to end the week on! Happy to report that we've secured more than $1.2m for four local projects under the Resources for Regions program. The State ... more
  • Having called for years for the state to provide an independent air quality monitor in Lake Macquarie, it’s now close to completion. The location on the hill at Mirrabooka Air quality monitor almost ready to go 23rd November 2020 Having called for years for the state to provide an independent air quality monitor in Lake Macquarie, it’s now close to completion. The location on the hill at Mirrabooka ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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