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  • It's disappointing that the RMS has not agreed to my request to review their decision on the Marconi Road speed limit, although I haven't got any formal response from the RMS or the Minister since raising this matter with them. RMS is acting against community's wishes 2nd November 2017 It's disappointing that the RMS has not agreed to my request to review their decision on the Marconi Road speed limit, although I haven't got any formal response from the RMS or the Minister since raising this matter with them. ... more
  • The short-term holiday letting industry is booming. While I believe it has a place in the market, the industry must be regulated because it is having a significant impact on residential neighbourhoods. Short-term holiday letting industry must be regulated 31st October 2017 The short-term holiday letting industry is booming. While I believe it has a place in the market, the industry must be regulated because it is having a significant impact on residential neighbourhoods. ... more
  • I'm really looking forward to the annual Rathmines Catalina Festival this Sunday, October 29. This event has grown from strength to strength and now attracts Big air displays planned for Sunday's Catalina festival at Rathmines 26th October 2017 I'm really looking forward to the annual Rathmines Catalina Festival this Sunday, October 29. This event has grown from strength to strength and now attracts ... more
  • The NSW Supreme Court has finally ended a stalemate which has been locking up residential land at Argenton and preventing landowners from building their homes. Court rules to end Bunderra stalemate 20th October 2017 The NSW Supreme Court has finally ended a stalemate which has been locking up residential land at Argenton and preventing landowners from building their homes. ... more
  • Loving all the rain, but it looks like clearing in time for tomorrow's Toronto Spring Fair. I'll have my usual stand at the fair so make sure you drop by for a chat and pick up one of my free re-useable bags or travel Pop in and say hello at Toronto Spring Fair 20th October 2017 Loving all the rain, but it looks like clearing in time for tomorrow's Toronto Spring Fair. I'll have my usual stand at the fair so make sure you drop by for a chat and pick up one of my free re-useable bags or travel ... more
  • I was pleased to receive unanimous support from the Parliament today for improved palliative care services in Lake Macquarie and throughout the Hunter Region. Some good news on palliative care services 19th October 2017 I was pleased to receive unanimous support from the Parliament today for improved palliative care services in Lake Macquarie and throughout the Hunter Region. ... more
  • Ever had a retail gift card which expired? Tired of missing out on tickets to major concerts or sporting events because scalpers or 'computer bots' have snapped them all up? New laws will crack down on ticket scalping and gift cards 17th October 2017 Ever had a retail gift card which expired? Tired of missing out on tickets to major concerts or sporting events because scalpers or 'computer bots' have snapped them all up? ... more
  • I’ve been advised by the RMS that after a review of Marconi Road at Morisset and Bonnells Bay, the speed limit will be reduced from 70kmh to 60kmh. RMS planning speed limit reduction on Marconi Road 12th October 2017 I’ve been advised by the RMS that after a review of Marconi Road at Morisset and Bonnells Bay, the speed limit will be reduced from 70kmh to 60kmh. ... more
  • Very pleased that the State Government will be chipping in to build new playgrounds at Bolton Point and Booragul. Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward has granted $150,000 New playgrounds for Bolton Point and Booragul 11th October 2017 Very pleased that the State Government will be chipping in to build new playgrounds at Bolton Point and Booragul. Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward has granted $150,000 ... more
  • This latest issue around the disposal of toxic soil from Boolaroo is incredibly frustrating. As I say in this Newcastle Herald article, it's become When bureaucracy becomes a debacle 3rd October 2017 This latest issue around the disposal of toxic soil from Boolaroo is incredibly frustrating. As I say in this Newcastle Herald article, it's become ... more
  • Today at 1pm, Toronto High School students Lochlan Maher, Coby Howarth, Skye-Ann Anderson, Kayleb Bennet & Toby Adams completed a two-week trek of the Great North Walk. They did this amazing unassisted walk to raise money for Toronto High students complete incredible journey 30th September 2017 Today at 1pm, Toronto High School students Lochlan Maher, Coby Howarth, Skye-Ann Anderson, Kayleb Bennet & Toby Adams completed a two-week trek of the Great North Walk. They did this amazing unassisted walk to raise money for ... more
  • I was shocked and saddened to learn that the fatal accident near Port Macquarie yesterday involved a Wangi family. The accident has claimed the life of a young student from Toronto High. My thoughts and condolences are with the family and all of their friends. Please, please take care on the roads t... Condolences for Wangi teen killed in horror crash 29th September 2017 I was shocked and saddened to learn that the fatal accident near Port Macquarie yesterday involved a Wangi family. The accident has claimed the life of a young student from Toronto High. My thoughts and condolences are with the family and all of their friends. Please, please take care on the roads t... ... more
  • I again extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and many friends of Bob 'Dutchy' Holland who will be farewelled at Newcastle's Christ Church Cathedral this afternoon. Lake Macquarie has lost one of its finest men, but we were all very lucky to have known him. Here's a copy of the tribute to Du... Community farewells Dutchy 28th September 2017 I again extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and many friends of Bob 'Dutchy' Holland who will be farewelled at Newcastle's Christ Church Cathedral this afternoon. Lake Macquarie has lost one of its finest men, but we were all very lucky to have known him. Here's a copy of the tribute to Du... ... more
  • Fight continues for better government services 20th September 2017 "The people of Lake Macquarie are starting to wonder what the State Government will take away from them next. They're also starting to wonder what the 'service' in Service NSW means, because they're certainly not getting much." ... more
  • The Government has voted for new laws which will allow all retail outlets to open on Boxing Day if they choose. I know many people enjoy the Boxing Day sales, and Keep Boxing Day as a proper public holiday 20th September 2017 The Government has voted for new laws which will allow all retail outlets to open on Boxing Day if they choose. I know many people enjoy the Boxing Day sales, and ... more
  • It was fantastic to catch up with the great Ken Warby at Toronto at the weekend. As you may remember, Ken still holds the world water speed record of 317.58 miles per hour (511.1 kph) which he set back in 1978. Warby to attempt new water speed record 18th September 2017 It was fantastic to catch up with the great Ken Warby at Toronto at the weekend. As you may remember, Ken still holds the world water speed record of 317.58 miles per hour (511.1 kph) which he set back in 1978. ... more
  • It is very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Holland. I had known Bob since 1991 where I met him after being elected to Lake Macquarie Council. Bob had worked. Robert 'Dutchy' Holland loses battle with cancer 17th September 2017 It is very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Holland. I had known Bob since 1991 where I met him after being elected to Lake Macquarie Council. Bob had worked. ... more
  • The bush is alight near my office on Victory Parade at Toronto. It unfortunately appears to have been deliberately lit. Fire brigades are on the scene now and have it contained, but you might want to avoid the area for a while. Bush alight on Victory Parade 15th September 2017 The bush is alight near my office on Victory Parade at Toronto. It unfortunately appears to have been deliberately lit. Fire brigades are on the scene now and have it contained, but you might want to avoid the area for a while. ... more
  • Amid all the debate on the marriage equality postal survey, these words from my nephew Tom put so many things in perspective. He’s a wonderful guy who we all love and support. He’s now in his 30’s and along with his family and friends I’m so proud Putting the marriage debate into some perspective 13th September 2017 Amid all the debate on the marriage equality postal survey, these words from my nephew Tom put so many things in perspective. He’s a wonderful guy who we all love and support. He’s now in his 30’s and along with his family and friends I’m so proud ... more
  • I strongly supported new legislation in the Parliament last week which will require children to be age-appropriately vaccinated before they can be enrolled in a pre-school or childcare centre.
Sadly, there are still some parents who object Rules to change on vaccinations 13th September 2017 I strongly supported new legislation in the Parliament last week which will require children to be age-appropriately vaccinated before they can be enrolled in a pre-school or childcare centre. Sadly, there are still some parents who object ... more
  • Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie has just published new local tide charts which cover the next six months. They're a must for boaters, anglers and anyone else who loves getting out on the lake. New Lake Macquarie tide charts available 8th September 2017 Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie has just published new local tide charts which cover the next six months. They're a must for boaters, anglers and anyone else who loves getting out on the lake. ... more
  • The situation with the road at the end of Wangi Point has become somewhat of a debacle. If you've travelled along there recently you'd know that some Mexican stand-off over Wangi road must end 31st August 2017 The situation with the road at the end of Wangi Point has become somewhat of a debacle. If you've travelled along there recently you'd know that some ... more
  • Here's a brief update on the $100 Active Kids bonus which was announced in the State Budget. Sporting and fitness clubs can register from late November, Updated info on $100 Active Kids rebate 24th August 2017 Here's a brief update on the $100 Active Kids bonus which was announced in the State Budget. Sporting and fitness clubs can register from late November, ... more
  • There's a bit of confusion surrounding the September 9 council elections which has prompted a few people to call my State electorate office. If you live in the Lake Macquarie council area you DO NOT No council election in Lake Macquarie 23rd August 2017 There's a bit of confusion surrounding the September 9 council elections which has prompted a few people to call my State electorate office. If you live in the Lake Macquarie council area you DO NOT ... more
  • If you're not on the electoral roll yet or haven't updated your change of address, you only have until tomorrow to do so if you want to have your say in the same-sex marriage postal survey. Update your enrolment details before same-sex marriage postal vote 23rd August 2017 If you're not on the electoral roll yet or haven't updated your change of address, you only have until tomorrow to do so if you want to have your say in the same-sex marriage postal survey. ... more
  • The EPA is investigating the extent of soil and possible groundwater contamination around the old Mines Rescue station at Argenton. The contamination is caused by... Investigation into extent of contamination at Argenton 10th August 2017 The EPA is investigating the extent of soil and possible groundwater contamination around the old Mines Rescue station at Argenton. The contamination is caused by... ... more
  • In a win for people who travel between Cardiff and Boolaroo, the missing link in Munibung Road will be built with funding announced by the Federal Government. The Government has kicked in more than $2.2m which will... Work to start on Munibung Road's 'missing link' 9th August 2017 In a win for people who travel between Cardiff and Boolaroo, the missing link in Munibung Road will be built with funding announced by the Federal Government. The Government has kicked in more than $2.2m which will... ... more
  • It's really pleasing that Lake Macquarie council is fast-tracking the replacement of the children's playground at Rathmines after it was burned down by vandals last month. I, like everyone else, Playground will rise from the ashes 6th August 2017 It's really pleasing that Lake Macquarie council is fast-tracking the replacement of the children's playground at Rathmines after it was burned down by vandals last month. I, like everyone else, ... more
  • This makes me so damn angry. Why on earth would anyone want to burn down a children's playground? In this case at Rathmines Park on Wednesday, the vandals even went to the trouble of building a bonfire under the play equipment before setting it alight. Vandals burn down popular Rathmines playground 28th July 2017 This makes me so damn angry. Why on earth would anyone want to burn down a children's playground? In this case at Rathmines Park on Wednesday, the vandals even went to the trouble of building a bonfire under the play equipment before setting it alight. ... more
  • A few people have asked me about the $100 Active Kids rebate which was announced in the recent State Budget. $100 rebate to help kids be active 25th July 2017 A few people have asked me about the $100 Active Kids rebate which was announced in the recent State Budget. ... more
  • Good crowds were on hand to see the annual NAIDOC Week parade down The Boulevard at Toronto, with huge crowds enjoying the activities held on Toronto foreshore at the Family Fun Day. Big crowds turn out for Westlakes NAIDOC Week celebrations 25th July 2017 Good crowds were on hand to see the annual NAIDOC Week parade down The Boulevard at Toronto, with huge crowds enjoying the activities held on Toronto foreshore at the Family Fun Day. ... more
  • I'm really pleased that the State Government has decided to keep Wyong Hospital in public hands. It's backed away from any public-private partnership model and announced that it will proceed with the hospital's $200m expansion alone. Operation of Wyong Hospital to stay in public hands 25th July 2017 I'm really pleased that the State Government has decided to keep Wyong Hospital in public hands. It's backed away from any public-private partnership model and announced that it will proceed with the hospital's $200m expansion alone. ... more
  • It was great to spend time with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today, showing her around Lake Macquarie and bringing her up to speed with some of the issues we have here. Premier pops in for an update and chat with Lake locals 12th July 2017 It was great to spend time with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today, showing her around Lake Macquarie and bringing her up to speed with some of the issues we have here. ... more
  • It is with great sadness that I report the death of Dr Wolf Du Plessis on Tuesday night. Wolf was, among other things, the founder of Waratah Medical Services. Community loses a great man of medicine 3rd July 2017 It is with great sadness that I report the death of Dr Wolf Du Plessis on Tuesday night. Wolf was, among other things, the founder of Waratah Medical Services. ... more
  • The new road which forms the first stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange project was officially opened today, bringing a bit of relief for motorists around the Glendale and Cardiff area. New Cardiff-Glendale road link opens 23rd June 2017 The new road which forms the first stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange project was officially opened today, bringing a bit of relief for motorists around the Glendale and Cardiff area. ... more
  • Today’s State Budget shows that the State's finances are in good shape, due mainly to the privatisation of public assets. But it also shows that the government is continuing to spend those windfalls in Sydney at the expense of regional areas. It's time that the State's riches were better shared 20th June 2017 Today’s State Budget shows that the State's finances are in good shape, due mainly to the privatisation of public assets. But it also shows that the government is continuing to spend those windfalls in Sydney at the expense of regional areas. ... more
  • I have to applaud the State Government for waiving stamp duty on new and existing homes for first homebuyers. It's a good initiative on homes worth up to $650,000 and will help a lot of people. A better deal for first homebuyers, but more can be done 13th June 2017 I have to applaud the State Government for waiving stamp duty on new and existing homes for first homebuyers. It's a good initiative on homes worth up to $650,000 and will help a lot of people. ... more
  • I had a captivated audience when I helped open a new footpath on Brighton Avenue at Toronto! Jokes aside, this group of residents has campaigned for decades to get proper footpaths in the area. A new footpath which was 50 years in the making 13th June 2017 I had a captivated audience when I helped open a new footpath on Brighton Avenue at Toronto! Jokes aside, this group of residents has campaigned for decades to get proper footpaths in the area. ... more
  • It's just over 12 months since young Jade Frith was killed while trying to cross a busy section of Hillsborough Road. During Question Time in parliament recently, I asked the Minister how much longer we have to wait for the long-planned upgrade of Hillsborough Road. Glimmer of hope in campaign for Hillsborough Road upgrade 13th June 2017 It's just over 12 months since young Jade Frith was killed while trying to cross a busy section of Hillsborough Road. During Question Time in parliament recently, I asked the Minister how much longer we have to wait for the long-planned upgrade of Hillsborough Road. ... more
  • It took quite a fight over many years, but Lake Macquarie now has the newest, the best and most effective police resources anywhere in regional NSW. Minister on hand to officially open new Toronto Police Station 13th June 2017 It took quite a fight over many years, but Lake Macquarie now has the newest, the best and most effective police resources anywhere in regional NSW. ... more
  • Plastic bags are really just part of the iceberg when it comes to the mountain of plastic waste killing aquatic life and ecosystems. It's a debate you're going to hear a lot more about in coming years. The war on waste starts with plastic 13th June 2017 Plastic bags are really just part of the iceberg when it comes to the mountain of plastic waste killing aquatic life and ecosystems. It's a debate you're going to hear a lot more about in coming years. ... more
  • Just a heads-up for people who travel on the main road south of Toronto: the RMS is about to start work on a long-awaited upgrade of the dodgy bend between Toronto and the fire station at Kilaben Bay. Toronto blackspot to get a long-awaited upgrade 13th June 2017 Just a heads-up for people who travel on the main road south of Toronto: the RMS is about to start work on a long-awaited upgrade of the dodgy bend between Toronto and the fire station at Kilaben Bay. ... more
  • Lake Macquarie is blessed with so many wonderful people but sometimes we only see them when the chips are down and they step up to the plate. I recently had the pleasure of attending the NSW Rural Fire Service Volunteer Appreciation Service at Doyalson where a number of local firies were honoured. Volunteer firefighters honoured 13th June 2017 Lake Macquarie is blessed with so many wonderful people but sometimes we only see them when the chips are down and they step up to the plate. I recently had the pleasure of attending the NSW Rural Fire Service Volunteer Appreciation Service at Doyalson where a number of local firies were honoured. ... more
  • VACANT government buildings could be used for short-term accommodation for the needy under a proposal pitched by Greg Piper in state parliament. Mr Piper said innovative solutions were needed to boost the supply of affordable housing in the city. Converting unused government buildings into dwellings... Innovative solutions needed to ease housing affordability crisis 10th May 2017 VACANT government buildings could be used for short-term accommodation for the needy under a proposal pitched by Greg Piper in state parliament. Mr Piper said innovative solutions were needed to boost the supply of affordable housing in the city. Converting unused government buildings into dwellings... ... more
  • Dozens of Lake Macquarie residents have been caught in the legal crossfire between Lake Macquarie City Council and the supplier of a roadbase mix which is believed to have caused extensive damage to their homes and local roads. Some, like Wangi's Phil O'Neill have been waiting four years for the iss... Legal spat leaves residents in limbo over home repairs 10th May 2017 Dozens of Lake Macquarie residents have been caught in the legal crossfire between Lake Macquarie City Council and the supplier of a roadbase mix which is believed to have caused extensive damage to their homes and local roads. Some, like Wangi's Phil O'Neill have been waiting four years for the iss... ... more
  • I really enjoy popping into the Chars 58 cafe at Toronto for lunch or a quick coffee. If you're not aware of it, Chars provides opportunities for people with disabilities to develop job skills and to be part of a workforce. Toronto cafe sets new course for people with disabilities 10th May 2017 I really enjoy popping into the Chars 58 cafe at Toronto for lunch or a quick coffee. If you're not aware of it, Chars provides opportunities for people with disabilities to develop job skills and to be part of a workforce. ... more
  • Tireless community worker and volunteer Vivienne Bruce has been named as the Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year. Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper made the announcement on Thursday and paid tribute to Ms Bruce's dedication to the community, and in particular those less fortunate. Vivienne Bruce named our Woman of the Year 10th May 2017 Tireless community worker and volunteer Vivienne Bruce has been named as the Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year. Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper made the announcement on Thursday and paid tribute to Ms Bruce's dedication to the community, and in particular those less fortunate. ... more
  •  About 70 landowners are in limbo because of the stand-off and legal dispute involving the Bunderra housing estate at Boolaroo. They are caught in a situation that is not of their own making and it’s costing many of them a lot of time, money and stress. Council can do more for those caught in the Bunderra legal crossfire 30th March 2017 About 70 landowners are in limbo because of the stand-off and legal dispute involving the Bunderra housing estate at Boolaroo. They are caught in a situation that is not of their own making and it’s costing many of them a lot of time, money and stress. ... more
  • The Pennant Street Bridge and the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange projects at Glendale have topped my list of priorities sent to the State Government for funding in this year's budget. Interchange and bridge projects top Budget wishlist 30th March 2017 The Pennant Street Bridge and the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange projects at Glendale have topped my list of priorities sent to the State Government for funding in this year's budget. ... more
  • New clouds have gathered over the future of the decommissioned Wangi power station. If the elements and time don't destroy the historic building, then the vandals probably will, Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper fears. Clouds gather over the future of Wangi Power Station 22nd February 2017 New clouds have gathered over the future of the decommissioned Wangi power station. If the elements and time don't destroy the historic building, then the vandals probably will, Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper fears. ... more
  • Long-held plans for the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange and associated roads at Glendale have cleared another hurdle with a main road link set to open in months. But according to Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper there's a long way to go before this project gets all the funding it needs from the Sta... Lake transport interchange project clears another hurdle 22nd February 2017 Long-held plans for the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange and associated roads at Glendale have cleared another hurdle with a main road link set to open in months. But according to Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper there's a long way to go before this project gets all the funding it needs from the Sta... ... more
  • Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has called for a review of palliative care services in the region after it emerged that some Lake suburbs are serviced by a 24-hour outreach service and others are not. New calls to eliminate inequity in Lake Macquarie palliative care services 22nd February 2017 Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has called for a review of palliative care services in the region after it emerged that some Lake suburbs are serviced by a 24-hour outreach service and others are not. ... more
  • In great news for history buffs and the people of Wangi, Heritage Minister Mark Speakman has confirmed that Dobell House will be added to the State Heritage Register. Sir William Dobell lived and worked there for almost three decades, producing some of his most famous artworks. Dobell House to be added to State Heritage Register 8th February 2017 In great news for history buffs and the people of Wangi, Heritage Minister Mark Speakman has confirmed that Dobell House will be added to the State Heritage Register. Sir William Dobell lived and worked there for almost three decades, producing some of his most famous artworks. ... more
  • Macquarie has always been significantly impacted by coal mining - it has coal mines, it has power stations, it has coal washeries, it has coal stockpiles and it has coal trains running through it every day. Yet it has not seen one cent of funds from the $250m Resources for Regions scheme which could... It's time to review funding program to mining-affected areas 18th January 2017 Macquarie has always been significantly impacted by coal mining - it has coal mines, it has power stations, it has coal washeries, it has coal stockpiles and it has coal trains running through it every day. Yet it has not seen one cent of funds from the $250m Resources for Regions scheme which could... ... more
  • Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has led many tributes to well-known Cooranbong resident Michael Chamberlain who died this week after complications with leukaemia at the age of 72. Tributes flow for Michael Chamberlain 13th January 2017 Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has led many tributes to well-known Cooranbong resident Michael Chamberlain who died this week after complications with leukaemia at the age of 72. ... more
  • Have a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year everyone! My electorate office is now closed for the festive break but will reopen on Monday, January 9. Bee happy and safe this Christmas! 23rd December 2016 Have a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year everyone! My electorate office is now closed for the festive break but will reopen on Monday, January 9. ... more