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  • A range of eased restrictions come into play today. Please remember that social distancing and good hand hygiene remain important to stopping the spread of More Covid restrictions eased today 1st July 2020 A range of eased restrictions come into play today. Please remember that social distancing and good hand hygiene remain important to stopping the spread of ... more
  • A beautiful morning to meet at Speers Point Park for the official opening of the new jetty. Speers Point is an incredibly important recreation, sporting and cultural New Speers Point jetty opened 25th June 2020 A beautiful morning to meet at Speers Point Park for the official opening of the new jetty. Speers Point is an incredibly important recreation, sporting and cultural ... more
  • I've had a number of recent meetings with Origin Energy, the Office of Sport and the Minister regarding the relocation of Myuna Bay Sport And Recreation Centre Update on Myuna Bay relocation 23rd June 2020 I've had a number of recent meetings with Origin Energy, the Office of Sport and the Minister regarding the relocation of Myuna Bay Sport And Recreation Centre ... more
  • Here's our first look at designs for the new $25m basketball stadium planned for Hillsborough. You'd remember that we were successful in getting a financial DA lodged for new $25m basketball and sports stadium 22nd June 2020 Here's our first look at designs for the new $25m basketball stadium planned for Hillsborough. You'd remember that we were successful in getting a financial ... more
  • Some good news today for local households with the State's independent pricing regulator agreeing to Hunter Water's new pricing structure which will see the average Average water bill to fall by $48 a year 16th June 2020 Some good news today for local households with the State's independent pricing regulator agreeing to Hunter Water's new pricing structure which will see the average ... more
  • Given the rain we've had here on the coast over the past few months, as well as the significant distraction of the Covid pandemic, it's been easy to forget that much Drought is not over yet, be water wise 15th June 2020 Given the rain we've had here on the coast over the past few months, as well as the significant distraction of the Covid pandemic, it's been easy to forget that much ... more
  • Here's a brief summary of the restrictions being eased from tomorrow. Please understand that I simply don't know when other restrictions will be lifted. Summary of restrictions being eased tomorrow 12th June 2020 Here's a brief summary of the restrictions being eased from tomorrow. Please understand that I simply don't know when other restrictions will be lifted. ... more
  • The Premier has announced more restrictions will be eased from this Saturday, June 13. Among them: Up to 20 people will be able to visit your home More Covid restrictions to be eased 11th June 2020 The Premier has announced more restrictions will be eased from this Saturday, June 13. Among them: Up to 20 people will be able to visit your home ... more
  • The Premier has announced this morning that all local sport will be able to resume from July 1 - that's junior sport and adult competition. More details will be Local sport to resume on July 1 10th June 2020 The Premier has announced this morning that all local sport will be able to resume from July 1 - that's junior sport and adult competition. More details will be ... more
  • I've been advised that a section of Macquarie Road at Cardiff will be closed at night next week for a significant rebuild. The 650m section between John Street Rebuild planned for part of Macquarie Road 10th June 2020 I've been advised that a section of Macquarie Road at Cardiff will be closed at night next week for a significant rebuild. The 650m section between John Street ... more
  • I paid tribute to the late Harry Buckley in a Private Member's Statement to Parliament this week. Harry, as many of you know, was among our most decorated and respected ex-servicemen, who passed away last month to illness. Lest We Forget: Harry Buckley 5th June 2020 I paid tribute to the late Harry Buckley in a Private Member's Statement to Parliament this week. Harry, as many of you know, was among our most decorated and respected ex-servicemen, who passed away last month to illness. ... more
  • Hunter Health has advised that we currently have NO diagnosed or active cases of Covid-19 in the Hunter Region. That's great news and something I didn't No active Covid case in the region 5th June 2020 Hunter Health has advised that we currently have NO diagnosed or active cases of Covid-19 in the Hunter Region. That's great news and something I didn't ... more
  • In good news for those who travel down the M1 regularly, the new lanes between Doyalson and Tuggerah are now all open. That's three northbound and three New lanes open on the M1 4th June 2020 In good news for those who travel down the M1 regularly, the new lanes between Doyalson and Tuggerah are now all open. That's three northbound and three ... more
  • Back in Parliament today but joined our nurses, teachers and other frontline workers this morning in their rally against the planned wage freeze. I've already Backing our nurses and teachers 2nd June 2020 Back in Parliament today but joined our nurses, teachers and other frontline workers this morning in their rally against the planned wage freeze. I've already ... more
  • The Premier has today announced that gyms, pools, tattoo studios, dance schools and yoga classes will be allowed to reopen from June 13. She has also Covid: Gyms and community centres to reopen 2nd June 2020 The Premier has today announced that gyms, pools, tattoo studios, dance schools and yoga classes will be allowed to reopen from June 13. She has also ... more
  • The State Government will ease Covid-19 restrictions from tomorrow, June 1. They include general rules about gatherings, the operations of pubs, clubs and cafes, Covid restrictions eased from tomorrow 31st May 2020 The State Government will ease Covid-19 restrictions from tomorrow, June 1. They include general rules about gatherings, the operations of pubs, clubs and cafes, ... more
  • Who knew that monkeys formed such an integral part of Eraring's history? Local historian Doug Saxon has done an extraordinary job in documenting Eraring's history remembered in new book 28th May 2020 Who knew that monkeys formed such an integral part of Eraring's history? Local historian Doug Saxon has done an extraordinary job in documenting ... more
  • I know there will be divided opinion on the public sector wage freeze announced by the Premier today, but I strongly oppose the Government's move. I understand Why I oppose the public sector wage freeze 27th May 2020 I know there will be divided opinion on the public sector wage freeze announced by the Premier today, but I strongly oppose the Government's move. I understand ... more
  • Happy to report that nine local sporting groups have had small grants approved to improve their facilities or upgrade equipment. The grants are made Sporting clubs land State grants 26th May 2020 Happy to report that nine local sporting groups have had small grants approved to improve their facilities or upgrade equipment. The grants are made ... more
  • Very sad to learn about the passing of Harry Buckley, one of our region's most decorated and respected ex-servicemen. Harry was patron of the South Lake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch (Morisset), and was a mentor to many. Vale Harry Buckley. Lest We Forget 21st May 2020 Very sad to learn about the passing of Harry Buckley, one of our region's most decorated and respected ex-servicemen. Harry was patron of the South Lake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch (Morisset), and was a mentor to many. ... more
  • Ever wondered why some roads have the occasional blue reflective 'cat's eyes' instead of the usual yellow? They're actually used by Fire and Rescue and the RFS Grants will improve emergency response operations 20th May 2020 Ever wondered why some roads have the occasional blue reflective 'cat's eyes' instead of the usual yellow? They're actually used by Fire and Rescue and the RFS ... more
  • Travelling throughout NSW for any reason will be allowed again from June 1 under announcements made today by the State Government. Travel restrictions to be eased from June 1 20th May 2020 Travelling throughout NSW for any reason will be allowed again from June 1 under announcements made today by the State Government. ... more
  • The State Government has announced funding for a program that will improve the way things work for emergency patients at local hospitals. New support for hospital emergency patients 19th May 2020 The State Government has announced funding for a program that will improve the way things work for emergency patients at local hospitals. ... more
  • The premier has confirmed that students will return to school full-time from next Monday, May 25. I understand it's a decision that will delight many parents, Schools back to full operations next Monday 19th May 2020 The premier has confirmed that students will return to school full-time from next Monday, May 25. I understand it's a decision that will delight many parents, ... more
  • Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday, May 15. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions. Q & A: what you can and can't do from today 14th May 2020 Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday, May 15. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions. ... more
  • Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions. Q & A on Friday's easing of COVID-19 restrictions 13th May 2020 Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions. ... more
  • As a former nurse in mental health and developmental disability, I know the challenges that our nurses face not just today but every day. International Nurses Day 12th May 2020 As a former nurse in mental health and developmental disability, I know the challenges that our nurses face not just today but every day. ... more
  • Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mums out there. Where would we be without you? Stay safe today, stay well and enjoy some time out! Happy Mother's Day 10th May 2020 Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mums out there. Where would we be without you? Stay safe today, stay well and enjoy some time out! ... more
  • With every restriction or every easing there will be questions, particularly for people or organisations that don’t quite fit the simple prescription. We will More details on easing of restrictions 10th May 2020 With every restriction or every easing there will be questions, particularly for people or organisations that don’t quite fit the simple prescription. We will ... more
  • The Prime Minister has just announced a three-step process to ease the country out of the COVID-19 restrictions. He is allowing the States to set their PM announces staged easing of COVID-19 restrictions 8th May 2020 The Prime Minister has just announced a three-step process to ease the country out of the COVID-19 restrictions. He is allowing the States to set their ... more
  • A six-lane drive-through Covid-19 testing facility will open in the region tomorrow and remain open until May 17. The clinic will be able to test up to 900 people COVID: major testing facility to open 7th May 2020 A six-lane drive-through Covid-19 testing facility will open in the region tomorrow and remain open until May 17. The clinic will be able to test up to 900 people ... more
  • There's been an expansion of the popular Creative Kids and Active Kids programs in NSW which provide parents with $100 vouchers for cultural and Creative Kids program expanded 7th May 2020 There's been an expansion of the popular Creative Kids and Active Kids programs in NSW which provide parents with $100 vouchers for cultural and ... more
  • I know many people will be pleased to hear that elective surgery is being restarted at local hospitals and surgeries. Cancelled because of the Covid-19 Elective surgery to start up again 7th May 2020 I know many people will be pleased to hear that elective surgery is being restarted at local hospitals and surgeries. Cancelled because of the Covid-19 ... more
  • I've been in touch with the Premier again today about the possible easing of restrictions on some non-contact sports and hobbies (including pigeon racing) New push to allow families to go camping 6th May 2020 I've been in touch with the Premier again today about the possible easing of restrictions on some non-contact sports and hobbies (including pigeon racing) ... more
  • Here's a few updated stats from NSW Health. They're very encouraging but we have to remember that while testing is being increased they obviously No new cases for nine days 5th May 2020 Here's a few updated stats from NSW Health. They're very encouraging but we have to remember that while testing is being increased they obviously ... more
  • Do you know of a sporting, community or social group that could do with improved facilities? Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership Applications open for Community Building Partnership grants 4th May 2020 Do you know of a sporting, community or social group that could do with improved facilities? Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership ... more
  • While fuel prices are at historic lows, there's still a 30c/litre price difference between some local petrol stations. To find the cheapest fuel near you Find the cheapest petrol prices near you 4th May 2020 While fuel prices are at historic lows, there's still a 30c/litre price difference between some local petrol stations. To find the cheapest fuel near you ... more
  • I've had the great privilege of knowing NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons for many years. His efforts during the recent bushfire Shane Fitzsimmons stands down as fire chief 30th April 2020 I've had the great privilege of knowing NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons for many years. His efforts during the recent bushfire ... more
  • A couple of quick updates on COVID-19. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced this morning that current social restrictions will be slightly eased Visiting restrictions to be eased 28th April 2020 A couple of quick updates on COVID-19. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced this morning that current social restrictions will be slightly eased ... more
  • After a decade of community campaigning, an independently-operated air quality monitor will be installed in the local area. Air quality monitor for Lake Macquarie 27th April 2020 After a decade of community campaigning, an independently-operated air quality monitor will be installed in the local area. ... more
  • Lyn and I have both downloaded the COVIDSafe app. We were amongst the first 1 million who did because we believe it is for the greater good and Download the app to be Covid aware 27th April 2020 Lyn and I have both downloaded the COVIDSafe app. We were amongst the first 1 million who did because we believe it is for the greater good and ... more
  • While we are facing challenging times, those challenges don't compare to those faced by the servicemen and women who defended Age shall not weary them, or the years condemn 25th April 2020 While we are facing challenging times, those challenges don't compare to those faced by the servicemen and women who defended ... more
  • The 'missing link' on Munibung Road is now open. The new link extends from the Bunnings roundabout at Boolaroo to Cardiff industrial estate and Munibung Road extension now open 24th April 2020 The 'missing link' on Munibung Road is now open. The new link extends from the Bunnings roundabout at Boolaroo to Cardiff industrial estate and ... more
  • It's now two weeks since someone in the local area caught COVID19 from an unknown source. That means that our health agencies have been able All current COVID cases tracked and isolated 23rd April 2020 It's now two weeks since someone in the local area caught COVID19 from an unknown source. That means that our health agencies have been able ... more
  • I know many local people will be marking Anzac Day from their lounge rooms or with a candle in their driveway this Saturday, but don't forget that the Sydney ANZAC service to be broadcast live 22nd April 2020 I know many local people will be marking Anzac Day from their lounge rooms or with a candle in their driveway this Saturday, but don't forget that the Sydney ... more
  • While everyone's battling to keep away from Covid-19, NSW Health is also asking people to get a seasonal flu shot as we head towards winter. Don't forget your seasonal flu shot 22nd April 2020 While everyone's battling to keep away from Covid-19, NSW Health is also asking people to get a seasonal flu shot as we head towards winter. ... more
  • I know there are a lot of divided opinions on this issue, and it's likely that all or most are partly right because the situation is different for everyone who Schools to start transitional reopening 21st April 2020 I know there are a lot of divided opinions on this issue, and it's likely that all or most are partly right because the situation is different for everyone who ... more
  • Here's the latest update from Hunter-New England Health. Importantly, Lake Macquarie is no longer considered a hot spot. No Covid-19 hot spots currently in the area 20th April 2020 Here's the latest update from Hunter-New England Health. Importantly, Lake Macquarie is no longer considered a hot spot. ... more
  • My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklet is currently being delivered to all homes in my electorate. With Anzac Day services all cancelled 2020 Anzac Day booklet on its way 16th April 2020 My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklet is currently being delivered to all homes in my electorate. With Anzac Day services all cancelled ... more
  • Pleased to see that Lake Macquarie City Council has moved to reopen Awaba Tip. I received a number of complaints when it was closed and raised Council to reopen Awaba tip 16th April 2020 Pleased to see that Lake Macquarie City Council has moved to reopen Awaba Tip. I received a number of complaints when it was closed and raised ... more
  • Here's some great news for everyone who's done so much to slow the spread of COVID, but we can't take the foot off the pedal just yet because we have a long Some good news in the fight against COVID-19 15th April 2020 Here's some great news for everyone who's done so much to slow the spread of COVID, but we can't take the foot off the pedal just yet because we have a long ... more
  • The State Government has announced a $440m emergency package for residential tenants and landlords which I believe will go a long way $440m package for tenants and landlords 14th April 2020 The State Government has announced a $440m emergency package for residential tenants and landlords which I believe will go a long way ... more
  • What an incredibly challenging year we have had, and we have more tough weeks and months ahead. But with all the adversity, we have also seen a wonderful Happy Easter to you all 12th April 2020 What an incredibly challenging year we have had, and we have more tough weeks and months ahead. But with all the adversity, we have also seen a wonderful ... more
  • I’m very happy to report a huge drop in youth crime rates across Cardiff over the past 18 months, thanks to a collaborative effort headed by Community Great effort sees Cardiff crime rates fall 10th April 2020 I’m very happy to report a huge drop in youth crime rates across Cardiff over the past 18 months, thanks to a collaborative effort headed by Community ... more
  • Really pleased to announce the new Wangi Wangi jetty officially open! Co-funded by Transport for NSW and Lake Macquarie City Council, will not only be New Wangi jetty opens 9th April 2020 Really pleased to announce the new Wangi Wangi jetty officially open! Co-funded by Transport for NSW and Lake Macquarie City Council, will not only be ... more
  • You might have seen NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller on the news warning that going out for a casual drive can now attract Stay home this Easter long weekend 8th April 2020 You might have seen NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller on the news warning that going out for a casual drive can now attract ... more
  • NSW TAFE is now offering 21 free courses to jobseekers and those seeking new skills. After years of TAFE being gutted by State governments, Free TAFE courses available now 7th April 2020 NSW TAFE is now offering 21 free courses to jobseekers and those seeking new skills. After years of TAFE being gutted by State governments, ... more
  • Got a learner driver in your family or run a driving school? Superintendent Danny Sullivan provides some clarity on that issue here. The COVID rules on learner driving 6th April 2020 Got a learner driver in your family or run a driving school? Superintendent Danny Sullivan provides some clarity on that issue here. ... more
  • Quite a few people have contacted me about the postcode breakdowns of confirmed COVID-19 cases that are getting around on Facebook COVID-19: be wary of postcode data 3rd April 2020 Quite a few people have contacted me about the postcode breakdowns of confirmed COVID-19 cases that are getting around on Facebook ... more
  • I want to be perfectly clear on the current rules around fishing and boating. Not surprisingly it’s been a major issue in the local area and a lot of The latest on fishing and boating rules 3rd April 2020 I want to be perfectly clear on the current rules around fishing and boating. Not surprisingly it’s been a major issue in the local area and a lot of ... more
  • On the advice of NSW Health and the NSW Parliament my Toronto office is now closed, but my staff and I are continuing to work and are available Office closed, but we're still here to help 2nd April 2020 On the advice of NSW Health and the NSW Parliament my Toronto office is now closed, but my staff and I are continuing to work and are available ... more
  • Here's an important message from Lake Macquarie police chief Superintendent Danny Sullivan regarding the new rules around travel and gatherings An important message from Lake Macquarie police chief 1st April 2020 Here's an important message from Lake Macquarie police chief Superintendent Danny Sullivan regarding the new rules around travel and gatherings ... more
  • AN IMPORTANT UPDATE on the rules around fishing and boating. Acting on new legal advice, Police Minister David Elliott has just announced that COVID-19: fishing and boating rules 1st April 2020 AN IMPORTANT UPDATE on the rules around fishing and boating. Acting on new legal advice, Police Minister David Elliott has just announced that ... more
  • Here's the latest update from the State Government and NSW Health. Please stay informed, stay safe and stay home. COVID-19 Update 31st March 2020 Here's the latest update from the State Government and NSW Health. Please stay informed, stay safe and stay home. ... more
  • I put a number of questions to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard Health Minister responds to questions on ventilators and temporary hospitals 27th March 2020 I put a number of questions to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard ... more
  • Please support our local restaurants and cafes during the current pandemic. They might be closed to in-house dining, but they're open for takeaways! Lake Macquarie cafes and restaurants open for takeaway, deliveries and online orders 27th March 2020 Please support our local restaurants and cafes during the current pandemic. They might be closed to in-house dining, but they're open for takeaways! ... more
  • With so many people losing jobs and so many businesses forced to temporarily shut their doors, my office is getting a lot of inquiries about rental assistance Assistance for tenants and landlords 26th March 2020 With so many people losing jobs and so many businesses forced to temporarily shut their doors, my office is getting a lot of inquiries about rental assistance ... more
  • A massive day in State Parliament today with the Government introducing emergency measures which I never thought we'd see or require in our lifetime.
COVID-19 Update 24th March 2020 A massive day in State Parliament today with the Government introducing emergency measures which I never thought we'd see or require in our lifetime. ... more
  • Almost 30 sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been successful in securing grants to improve or construct facilities $300,000 for Lake Macquarie community projects 20th March 2020 Almost 30 sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been successful in securing grants to improve or construct facilities ... more
  • Like so many others, I'm increasingly concerned about the amount of misinformation getting around on social media. COVID-19 Update 13th March 2020 Like so many others, I'm increasingly concerned about the amount of misinformation getting around on social media. ... more
  • Hunter New England Health has released a further statement about its screening procedures for coronavirus (COVID-19) at John Hunter Hospital. COVID-19 Update 11th March 2020 Hunter New England Health has released a further statement about its screening procedures for coronavirus (COVID-19) at John Hunter Hospital. ... more
  • What’s the difference between China, Bali, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia and New South Wales? Well, New South Wales is the ONLY place which Government must act fast on single-use plastics 9th March 2020 What’s the difference between China, Bali, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia and New South Wales? Well, New South Wales is the ONLY place which ... more
  • It was wonderful to watch Justine Lorenz from Brightwaters win the Community Hero Award at this morning's NSW Women of the Year Awards. Justine wins top honour 6th March 2020 It was wonderful to watch Justine Lorenz from Brightwaters win the Community Hero Award at this morning's NSW Women of the Year Awards. ... more
  • One of the new mobile phone detection cameras was set up in the Hunter Valley for nine days recently. It caught 370 drivers illegally using their Mobile phone detection cameras now in use 26th February 2020 One of the new mobile phone detection cameras was set up in the Hunter Valley for nine days recently. It caught 370 drivers illegally using their ... more
  • Great to see better facilities being provided at our local pools. I joined Mayor Kay Fraser at Speers Point pool this morning to check out the new shade A new look for Speers Point Pool 18th February 2020 Great to see better facilities being provided at our local pools. I joined Mayor Kay Fraser at Speers Point pool this morning to check out the new shade ... more
  • The recent deluge has restored some much-needed supplies in our local dams, so current water restrictions will be turned down a notch from Level 2 to Water restrictions to be eased 18th February 2020 The recent deluge has restored some much-needed supplies in our local dams, so current water restrictions will be turned down a notch from Level 2 to ... more
  • How good is this? I again extend my thanks to our 10 local RFS units and all our emergency services personnel who have worked tirelessly for months. All bushfires are now contained 14th February 2020 How good is this? I again extend my thanks to our 10 local RFS units and all our emergency services personnel who have worked tirelessly for months. ... more
  • There's been a fair bit of coverage in the media about the $250 seniors travel card which I think has confused a lot of people. For the record, if you're $250 travel card available for seniors 3rd February 2020 There's been a fair bit of coverage in the media about the $250 seniors travel card which I think has confused a lot of people. For the record, if you're ... more
  • UPDATE: I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation and explanation. Delay sought to seismic testing in lake 31st January 2020 UPDATE: I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation and explanation. ... more
  • **UPDATE** I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation Seismic mapping in Lake Macquarie 31st January 2020 **UPDATE** I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation ... more
  • A sensible outcome for the disposal of contaminated soil at Boolaroo has finally been decided. My media release explains the details: New deal to assist Boolaroo land owners 17th January 2020 A sensible outcome for the disposal of contaminated soil at Boolaroo has finally been decided. My media release explains the details: ... more
  • With Level 2 water restrictions commencing on Monday, we all need to be mindful about how much water we're using. Free shower timers available 15th January 2020 With Level 2 water restrictions commencing on Monday, we all need to be mindful about how much water we're using. ... more
  • Our police Local Area Commander, Daniel Sullivan has advised that the Emergency Operations Centre will stand down at 6pm today. Fires now under control 5th January 2020 Our police Local Area Commander, Daniel Sullivan has advised that the Emergency Operations Centre will stand down at 6pm today. ... more
  • Extreme heat has seen the opening of our Emergency Operations Centre under the command of our local police chief, Daniel Sullivan. Emergency Operations Centre open 4th January 2020 Extreme heat has seen the opening of our Emergency Operations Centre under the command of our local police chief, Daniel Sullivan. ... more
  • A lot of people having been giving their time to look after our local firefighters. Lots of others brought donations of water, assorted other drinks Community continues to rally 3rd January 2020 A lot of people having been giving their time to look after our local firefighters. Lots of others brought donations of water, assorted other drinks ... more
  • Amazing response from local residents through Wangi Men’s Shed, Wangi Lions and community volunteers to look after our emergency services Community gets behind our firefighters 3rd January 2020 Amazing response from local residents through Wangi Men’s Shed, Wangi Lions and community volunteers to look after our emergency services ... more
  • With a bit of help from the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, Santa will be making his annual boat trek down the western side of the lake this afternoon. Santa set for his annual Lake cruise 24th December 2019 With a bit of help from the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, Santa will be making his annual boat trek down the western side of the lake this afternoon. ... more
  • Lyn and I wanted to take this quick opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I must also thank all of my staff who've had a really busy Merry Christmas everyone! 20th December 2019 Lyn and I wanted to take this quick opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I must also thank all of my staff who've had a really busy ... more
  • Can you believe it's almost 30 years since the Newcastle earthquake? I know there are many, many Lake Macquarie residents with remarkable stories Preparations under way for earthquake commemoration 19th December 2019 Can you believe it's almost 30 years since the Newcastle earthquake? I know there are many, many Lake Macquarie residents with remarkable stories ... more
  • Congratulations to all our local students receiving their HSC results today. We all know how much work goes into it, so be proud of what you've Congrats to all our HSC students 17th December 2019 Congratulations to all our local students receiving their HSC results today. We all know how much work goes into it, so be proud of what you've ... more
  • With very hot days forecast for Thursday and Saturday, a total fire ban will be in effect throughout the entire State from midnight tonight. Statewide total fire ban now in force 17th December 2019 With very hot days forecast for Thursday and Saturday, a total fire ban will be in effect throughout the entire State from midnight tonight. ... more
  • Devastating to hear that ABC Newcastle presenter Jill Emberson lost her very public battle with ovarian cancer overnight. Jill was incredibly Jill Emberson leaves a tremendous legacy 13th December 2019 Devastating to hear that ABC Newcastle presenter Jill Emberson lost her very public battle with ovarian cancer overnight. Jill was incredibly ... more
  • Some big news this morning on the future of Myuna Bay Sport and Rec Centre. I'm about to attend a media conference where Acting Sports Minister Geoff Lee A new sport and rec centre for Myuna Bay 12th December 2019 Some big news this morning on the future of Myuna Bay Sport and Rec Centre. I'm about to attend a media conference where Acting Sports Minister Geoff Lee ... more
  • The new 2020 Seniors Card Directory has arrived and copies are available free from my Toronto office. Seniors Card directories now available 10th December 2019 The new 2020 Seniors Card Directory has arrived and copies are available free from my Toronto office. ... more
  • The State Government has announced today that Level 2 water restrictions will start on January 20. Level 2 water restrictions to start on Jan 20 9th December 2019 The State Government has announced today that Level 2 water restrictions will start on January 20. ... more
  • Not a chance of Santa missing Hayward Place at Cooranbong this year with many homes again decked out with thousands of Christmas lights and fantastic displays. Christmas displays raising funds for farmers 5th December 2019 Not a chance of Santa missing Hayward Place at Cooranbong this year with many homes again decked out with thousands of Christmas lights and fantastic displays. ... more
  • A very good article in today's Newcastle Herald about hazard reduction burning and the recent bushfires. In an age where everyone wants to blame someone Adverse weather restricts winter burn-offs 27th November 2019 A very good article in today's Newcastle Herald about hazard reduction burning and the recent bushfires. In an age where everyone wants to blame someone ... more
  • Copies of Legal Aid's 2020 diary for older people are now available in my Toronto office. The diary is popular among local seniors as it contains useful Available now: free diaries for seniors 25th November 2019 Copies of Legal Aid's 2020 diary for older people are now available in my Toronto office. The diary is popular among local seniors as it contains useful ... more
  • Another milestone for arts in Lake Macquarie with the opening of the expanded art gallery at Booragul, now truly a Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). New-look Lake Mac art gallery opens 23rd November 2019 Another milestone for arts in Lake Macquarie with the opening of the expanded art gallery at Booragul, now truly a Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). ... more
  • As frustrating as it is, we're still waiting on the second report regarding the risk posed to Myuna Bay by Origin Energy's ash dam wall at Eraring. Have your say on Eraring ash dam expansion plan 22nd November 2019 As frustrating as it is, we're still waiting on the second report regarding the risk posed to Myuna Bay by Origin Energy's ash dam wall at Eraring. ... more
  • Congratulations to Carey Bay-Toronto Scout Group on firstly reestablishing this year, and secondly on reopening of the Carey Bay Scout Hall today! Carey Bay Scout Hall reopened today 17th November 2019 Congratulations to Carey Bay-Toronto Scout Group on firstly reestablishing this year, and secondly on reopening of the Carey Bay Scout Hall today! ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Police are seeking community assistance regarding four fires which broke out in the Morisset area yesterday. It’s frightening to think Police suspect firebugs were behind Morisset fires 13th November 2019 Lake Macquarie Police are seeking community assistance regarding four fires which broke out in the Morisset area yesterday. It’s frightening to think ... more
  • While there is currently no immediate fire threat locally, a catastrophic fire danger rating has been issued for tomorrow. My office has had a number of Preparations under way as severe fire weather approaches 11th November 2019 While there is currently no immediate fire threat locally, a catastrophic fire danger rating has been issued for tomorrow. My office has had a number of ... more
  • A couple of nasty accidents to be aware of. Emergency services currently have Fishery Point Road and Campview Rd at Morisset closed due to an accident Two separate accidents close local roads 7th November 2019 A couple of nasty accidents to be aware of. Emergency services currently have Fishery Point Road and Campview Rd at Morisset closed due to an accident ... more
  • I absolutely agree with the AMWU in this Newcastle Herald article and I'm glad they're on board. I've been hammering away at the Government for some time on this exact issue. Unions fear social strife in Hunter without coal transition 6th November 2019 I absolutely agree with the AMWU in this Newcastle Herald article and I'm glad they're on board. I've been hammering away at the Government for some time on this exact issue. ... more
  • Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today welcomed State funding of $201,000 to Lake Macquarie City Council for local floodplain management and development $201,000 for flood management in Lake Macquarie 28th October 2019 Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today welcomed State funding of $201,000 to Lake Macquarie City Council for local floodplain management and development ... more
  • Applications are now open for this year's Local Sports Grant Program. A total of $35,000 is available to sporting groups in the Lake Macquarie electorate Applications for sport grants now open 15th October 2019 Applications are now open for this year's Local Sports Grant Program. A total of $35,000 is available to sporting groups in the Lake Macquarie electorate ... more
  • Pleased to report that we've managed to get another Opal card top-up station back in Toronto. Opal cardholders can now top up their cards at Opal top-ups now available at Service NSW Toronto 3rd October 2019 Pleased to report that we've managed to get another Opal card top-up station back in Toronto. Opal cardholders can now top up their cards at ... more
  • The new 2019-20 Lake Macquarie tide charts are now available courtesy of Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie. It's an essential if you like fishing or boating on the lake New tide charts now available 30th September 2019 The new 2019-20 Lake Macquarie tide charts are now available courtesy of Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie. It's an essential if you like fishing or boating on the lake ... more
  • There is truly a lot happening at Wyee and just one significant development is the new Wyee Rural Fire Brigade Station which was officially opened today. New headquarters for Wyee RFS opened 28th September 2019 There is truly a lot happening at Wyee and just one significant development is the new Wyee Rural Fire Brigade Station which was officially opened today. ... more
  • Very proud to have been a part of history today when the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill passed through the Parliament. Abortion decriminalised in NSW 26th September 2019 Very proud to have been a part of history today when the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill passed through the Parliament. ... more
  • A new road rule comes in to force tomorrow and everyone really needs to get their heads around it because it carries a $457 fine. I also fear it's going to create New road rule comes into force tomorrow 25th September 2019 A new road rule comes in to force tomorrow and everyone really needs to get their heads around it because it carries a $457 fine. I also fear it's going to create ... more
  • It's been a long wait for the Wangi community but I'm pleased to see that Lake Macquarie council will finally begin work on the new jetty near the RSL club Work to start on new Wangi jetty 19th September 2019 It's been a long wait for the Wangi community but I'm pleased to see that Lake Macquarie council will finally begin work on the new jetty near the RSL club ... more
  • The Lake Macquarie electorate is home to Eraring Power Station. It is the largest coal-fired power station in Australia, producing 2880MW at full capacity and My submission: Inquiry into Sustainability of Energy Supply and Resources in NSW 12th September 2019 The Lake Macquarie electorate is home to Eraring Power Station. It is the largest coal-fired power station in Australia, producing 2880MW at full capacity and ... more
  • The three winners of My Community Project funding have been announced following the public vote. Congratulations to the Development and Relief Agency My Community Project winners announced 6th September 2019 The three winners of My Community Project funding have been announced following the public vote. Congratulations to the Development and Relief Agency ... more
  • This is wonderful news for Avondale College, but it also means we're a step closer to having a fully-accredited university in Lake Macquarie. Avondale inches closer to full university status 4th September 2019 This is wonderful news for Avondale College, but it also means we're a step closer to having a fully-accredited university in Lake Macquarie. ... more
  • Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership grants are now open. These grants are available for small infrastructure projects run Applications open for CBP funding grants 3rd September 2019 Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership grants are now open. These grants are available for small infrastructure projects run ... more
  • The covers have today come off a $235m plan to redevelop the privately-owned Morisset Country Club site. In short, the proposal includes five separate Stage set with $235m plan for Morisset Country Club site 30th August 2019 The covers have today come off a $235m plan to redevelop the privately-owned Morisset Country Club site. In short, the proposal includes five separate ... more
  • It's Daffodil Day and The Cancer Council is taking donations and selling daffodils and great merchandise outside Simply Pharmacy on The Boulevarde at Toronto today. Helen brightens up for Daffodil Day 23rd August 2019 It's Daffodil Day and The Cancer Council is taking donations and selling daffodils and great merchandise outside Simply Pharmacy on The Boulevarde at Toronto today. ... more
  • For the first time in 25 years, water restrictions will apply throughout Lake Macquarie and the broader Hunter Region from September 16 as the drought Water restrictions from September 16 23rd August 2019 For the first time in 25 years, water restrictions will apply throughout Lake Macquarie and the broader Hunter Region from September 16 as the drought ... more
  • The number of complaints about illegal trail bikers in the area has become a significant problem. The rules are pretty simple, as Lake Macquarie Police Unregistered trail bikers on notice 22nd August 2019 The number of complaints about illegal trail bikers in the area has become a significant problem. The rules are pretty simple, as Lake Macquarie Police ... more
  • A State Government deal to take control of the former Pasminco lead and zinc smelter site at Boolaroo will unlock the area and deliver unprecedented growth Boolaroo deal will deliver thousands of jobs and a $1.8billion economic boost 20th August 2019 A State Government deal to take control of the former Pasminco lead and zinc smelter site at Boolaroo will unlock the area and deliver unprecedented growth ... more
  • I don't agree with Lake Macquarie council's plans to put a six-storey development on the prime waterfront site in Bath Street at Toronto. Apart from the fact Toronto's waterfront needs this, not high-rise 9th August 2019 I don't agree with Lake Macquarie council's plans to put a six-storey development on the prime waterfront site in Bath Street at Toronto. Apart from the fact ... more
  • As frustrating as it is, the independent review into the report used to close Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will leave the centre and its staff in limbo for another two months.
Myuna Bay in limbo for another two months 31st July 2019 As frustrating as it is, the independent review into the report used to close Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will leave the centre and its staff in limbo for another two months. ... more
  • It's been a long loooong time coming but I'm very pleased that work on the 'missing link' in Munibung Road will finally be started. Finally, a green light for the missing link in Munibung Rd 24th July 2019 It's been a long loooong time coming but I'm very pleased that work on the 'missing link' in Munibung Road will finally be started. ... more
  • Here's your chance to have your say on funding for a number of local community projects. My Community Project is a State Government initiative which offers a Vote for your favourite community project 19th July 2019 Here's your chance to have your say on funding for a number of local community projects. My Community Project is a State Government initiative which offers a ... more
  • This is an extraordinary but not surprising development on the Myuna Bay issue. In emails secured by ABC Newcastle journalists Nancy Notzen and Ben Millington, Office of Sport ignored advice before closing Myuna Bay 17th July 2019 This is an extraordinary but not surprising development on the Myuna Bay issue. In emails secured by ABC Newcastle journalists Nancy Notzen and Ben Millington, ... more
  • Very proud to be able to join my friends in the Aboriginal community for NAIDOC Week celebrations in Toronto today. The theme of this year's NAIDOC Week is 'Voice, Treaty, Truth' Thousands gather for NAIDOC Week 9th July 2019 Very proud to be able to join my friends in the Aboriginal community for NAIDOC Week celebrations in Toronto today. The theme of this year's NAIDOC Week is 'Voice, Treaty, Truth' ... more
  • Our push for better car parking at Morisset, Cardiff and Fassifern rail stations continues. I raised the matter in a Private Member's Statement Campaign for commuter parking stations pushes ahead 21st June 2019 Our push for better car parking at Morisset, Cardiff and Fassifern rail stations continues. I raised the matter in a Private Member's Statement ... more
  • Millions of dollars promised to a range of projects in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been confirmed in today’s State Budget. State Budget: funding for major Lake Macquarie projects 18th June 2019 Millions of dollars promised to a range of projects in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been confirmed in today’s State Budget. ... more
  • The new Return & Earn recycling machines have arrived at Croft Oval Fassifern (pictured) and Wangi Oval at Wangi and are almost ready to go. New Return and Earn machines arrive 17th June 2019 The new Return & Earn recycling machines have arrived at Croft Oval Fassifern (pictured) and Wangi Oval at Wangi and are almost ready to go. ... more
  • Major construction work on the upgrade of Wyee Station has begun today, which is great news for local commuters. The upgrade includes the installation of three lifts
Construction work starts on major Wyee station upgrade 12th June 2019 Major construction work on the upgrade of Wyee Station has begun today, which is great news for local commuters. The upgrade includes the installation of three lifts ... more
  • Our Myuna Bay petition will be formally debated in the NSW Parliament today (Thursday) at 4.30pm. I tabled a new bunch of petitions this week Parliament to debate Myuna bay petition 6th June 2019 Our Myuna Bay petition will be formally debated in the NSW Parliament today (Thursday) at 4.30pm. I tabled a new bunch of petitions this week ... more
  • I delivered a Private Member's Statement in Parliament this afternoon about the closure of Morisset Country Club. You can read it in full below. Morisset Country Club site in the spotlight 30th May 2019 I delivered a Private Member's Statement in Parliament this afternoon about the closure of Morisset Country Club. You can read it in full below. ... more
  • Things are finally progressing on the plan to install more Return and Earn recycling machines locally. Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) will be installed at both Wangi Oval Two Return and Earn recycling machines on their way 27th May 2019 Things are finally progressing on the plan to install more Return and Earn recycling machines locally. Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) will be installed at both Wangi Oval ... more
  • Our Myuna Bay petition will be debated in Parliament on June 6. While the Parliament will not vote on the sport and rec centre's future on Date set for Parliamentary debate on Myuna Bay 22nd May 2019 Our Myuna Bay petition will be debated in Parliament on June 6. While the Parliament will not vote on the sport and rec centre's future on ... more
  • Very excited to report that construction work is about to start on the major upgrades of Wangi Wangi and Speers Point public schools. Work starts on two major school upgrades 21st May 2019 Very excited to report that construction work is about to start on the major upgrades of Wangi Wangi and Speers Point public schools. ... more
  • It's World Ovarian Cancer Day today and I spoke briefly in Parliament about the insidious disease and the need to better fund research into a cure. World Ovarian Cancer Day 9th May 2019 It's World Ovarian Cancer Day today and I spoke briefly in Parliament about the insidious disease and the need to better fund research into a cure. ... more
  • I met with Transport Minister Andrew Constance this morning to push our case for multi-level parking stations at Morisset, Cardiff and Fassifern stations. Rail station car parks on the agenda 8th May 2019 I met with Transport Minister Andrew Constance this morning to push our case for multi-level parking stations at Morisset, Cardiff and Fassifern stations. ... more
  • First official day in the 57th NSW Parliament. I've just been formally sworn in, so I've run down the hall to table our Myuna Bay petition. Myuna Bay petition tabled 7th May 2019 First official day in the 57th NSW Parliament. I've just been formally sworn in, so I've run down the hall to table our Myuna Bay petition. ... more
  • I joined NSW Minister for Sport John Sidoti outside Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre this morning to discuss the centre’s recent closure by the Office of Sport. Minister visits Myuna Bay site 3rd May 2019 I joined NSW Minister for Sport John Sidoti outside Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre this morning to discuss the centre’s recent closure by the Office of Sport. ... more
  • What an effort! We now have more than 16,000 formal signatures on the petition and more are rolling in every day. Myuna Bay update - April 29 30th April 2019 What an effort! We now have more than 16,000 formal signatures on the petition and more are rolling in every day. ... more
  • Great to see Lake Macquarie featured in a new statewide tourism campaign which kicked off today. New tourism push for Lake Macquarie 30th April 2019 Great to see Lake Macquarie featured in a new statewide tourism campaign which kicked off today. ... more
  • It was a great privilege to be able to represent the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Honourable David Elliot, at the commissioning of the latest rescue boat for Lake Macquarie’s Marine Rescue service. New vessel for Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue 28th April 2019 It was a great privilege to be able to represent the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Honourable David Elliot, at the commissioning of the latest rescue boat for Lake Macquarie’s Marine Rescue service. ... more
  • In case you can't find the Anzac Day booklet I mailed out last week, here's the list of times and locations for local Anzac Day services.
Anzac Day Services 2019 22nd April 2019 In case you can't find the Anzac Day booklet I mailed out last week, here's the list of times and locations for local Anzac Day services. ... more
  • Is your local sporting club or field equipped with a defibrillator in case of an emergency? Defibrillator grants available to sport clubs 18th April 2019 Is your local sporting club or field equipped with a defibrillator in case of an emergency? ... more
  • Just a reminder that double demerits will be in place over Easter, beginning at midnight tonight and ending at midnight on Monday. Double demerits in force for holiday season 17th April 2019 Just a reminder that double demerits will be in place over Easter, beginning at midnight tonight and ending at midnight on Monday. ... more
  • A copy of Origin Energy's risk report, which was used to close the sport and rec centre, is now in the hands of several Government departments for review. Myuna Bay update - April 16 16th April 2019 A copy of Origin Energy's risk report, which was used to close the sport and rec centre, is now in the hands of several Government departments for review. ... more
  • My annual Anzac Day booklet should be landing in your letterbox this week, so let me know if you don't receive one. I have a few spares available at my Toronto Anzac Day booklets arriving this week 15th April 2019 My annual Anzac Day booklet should be landing in your letterbox this week, so let me know if you don't receive one. I have a few spares available at my Toronto ... more
  • We're well on the way to getting more than 10,000 signatures on the petition. Thanks to everyone and all the local shops and clubs who are helping out.
Myuna Bay update - April 11 11th April 2019 We're well on the way to getting more than 10,000 signatures on the petition. Thanks to everyone and all the local shops and clubs who are helping out. ... more
  • Work on the upgrade of Wyee Station will start in coming months with Transport for NSW awarding a works contract to construction firm Gartner Rose.
Builder contracted for Wyee Station upgrade 8th April 2019 Work on the upgrade of Wyee Station will start in coming months with Transport for NSW awarding a works contract to construction firm Gartner Rose. ... more
  • I've been down to Sydney again for talks with new Sports Minister John Sidoti who has promised an independent review of the Origin Energy report which the Office Myuna Bay update - Friday 5th April 2019 I've been down to Sydney again for talks with new Sports Minister John Sidoti who has promised an independent review of the Origin Energy report which the Office ... more
  • Geoscience Australia - the federal agency which measures that risk - says the chance of a 5.9 magnitude quake occurring within 100km of Myuna Bay is “one in 5000 years or longer”.

Risk of earthquake at Myuna Bay is hugely remote 4th April 2019 Geoscience Australia - the federal agency which measures that risk - says the chance of a 5.9 magnitude quake occurring within 100km of Myuna Bay is “one in 5000 years or longer”. ... more
  • I met with the Premier yesterday and she expressed great concern about what had happened at Myuna Bay. She was unaware that Myuna Bay had been closed Update on Myuna Bay closure 2nd April 2019 I met with the Premier yesterday and she expressed great concern about what had happened at Myuna Bay. She was unaware that Myuna Bay had been closed ... more
  • Please help me save Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre.
Following the disgraceful decision by the Office of Sport and Origin Energy to close Myuna Bay Sport and Rec centre on Friday, I've started a petition today Help me save Myuna Bay centre 1st April 2019 Please help me save Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre. Following the disgraceful decision by the Office of Sport and Origin Energy to close Myuna Bay Sport and Rec centre on Friday, I've started a petition today ... more
  • I’m angered by today’s announcement that Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will close on Monday. This is a statement I've just provided to local media. Myuna Bay Sport and Rec Centre closure infuriates 29th March 2019 I’m angered by today’s announcement that Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will close on Monday. This is a statement I've just provided to local media. ... more
  • It's taken a three-year battle and a few last-minute technical hitches but the new Service NSW office at Toronto will open its doors this Friday, March 29. My thanks to the many thousands of locals Service NSW to open at Toronto on Friday 27th March 2019 It's taken a three-year battle and a few last-minute technical hitches but the new Service NSW office at Toronto will open its doors this Friday, March 29. My thanks to the many thousands of locals ... more
  • Just a quick update on the Return and Earn vending machines. We're pretty much assured of getting one installed at Wangi Oval and at Croft Oval at Fassifern, although the sites are owned by the council New Return and Earn sites are coming 26th March 2019 Just a quick update on the Return and Earn vending machines. We're pretty much assured of getting one installed at Wangi Oval and at Croft Oval at Fassifern, although the sites are owned by the council ... more
  • Thank you Lake Macquarie, what an incredible result! I’m almost overwhelmed by the win and your level of support, but I’m feeling absolutely honoured and privileged. Thanks to my staff and all the volunteers who always work so hard Thanks for your support, Lake Macquarie! 24th March 2019 Thank you Lake Macquarie, what an incredible result! I’m almost overwhelmed by the win and your level of support, but I’m feeling absolutely honoured and privileged. Thanks to my staff and all the volunteers who always work so hard ... more
  • We’ve managed to achieve so much over the past four years, so I really wanted to thank every single one of you who has supported me and our fantastic local communities. We’ve got two new police stations, major road and intersection improvements Let's keep working together for Lake Macquarie 22nd March 2019 We’ve managed to achieve so much over the past four years, so I really wanted to thank every single one of you who has supported me and our fantastic local communities. We’ve got two new police stations, major road and intersection improvements ... more
  • If you're in retail, nursing, hospitality or our emergency services, know that I will always support your penalty rates.
If you're working this weekend, don't forget to vote at one of the pre-poll stations I support your penalty rates 21st March 2019 If you're in retail, nursing, hospitality or our emergency services, know that I will always support your penalty rates. If you're working this weekend, don't forget to vote at one of the pre-poll stations ... more
  • Here's a full list of polling booth locations for this Saturday's State election.
It's worth checking out as some traditional locations have changed. Where to vote on Saturday 20th March 2019 Here's a full list of polling booth locations for this Saturday's State election. It's worth checking out as some traditional locations have changed. ... more
  • I'm up at Hillsborough this morning to welcome a $25m funding commitment to a new indoor sports facility. The 4000-seat stadium will be the new home base for Newcastle Basketball but will also cater for netball, wheelchair sports, volleyball, school sports and futsal. $25m for indoor sport stadium 14th March 2019 I'm up at Hillsborough this morning to welcome a $25m funding commitment to a new indoor sports facility. The 4000-seat stadium will be the new home base for Newcastle Basketball but will also cater for netball, wheelchair sports, volleyball, school sports and futsal. ... more
  • There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the possibility of a hung Parliament or minority Government after the March 23 election, and the role that I and my two Independent colleagues might play in forming the new Government. No deals! Lake Macquarie comes first, every time 13th March 2019 There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the possibility of a hung Parliament or minority Government after the March 23 election, and the role that I and my two Independent colleagues might play in forming the new Government. ... more
  • Just a reminder that if you're going to be working or away for the March 23 election, you can vote at one of the pre-poll stations which opened today. There is a pre-poll office next to TORONTO Library, near Woolworths, open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and on Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The seco... Pre-poll stations open today 11th March 2019 Just a reminder that if you're going to be working or away for the March 23 election, you can vote at one of the pre-poll stations which opened today. There is a pre-poll office next to TORONTO Library, near Woolworths, open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and on Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The seco... ... more
  • Very proud to have joined with Suzanne Pritchard and her mum Barbara at Darling Harbour this morning to recognise Suzanne as Lake Macquarie Local Woman of the Year in the NSW Women of the Year Awards. Lake Macquarie's Woman of the Year 7th March 2019 Very proud to have joined with Suzanne Pritchard and her mum Barbara at Darling Harbour this morning to recognise Suzanne as Lake Macquarie Local Woman of the Year in the NSW Women of the Year Awards. ... more
  • Together with Independent MPs Alex Greenwich and (Sydney) and Joe McGirr (Wagga Wagga), I've called on both major parties to urgently commit to a 10-year adjustment strategy for coal mining communities. This must be backed by substantial financial We must take action to protect future of mining towns 2nd March 2019 Together with Independent MPs Alex Greenwich and (Sydney) and Joe McGirr (Wagga Wagga), I've called on both major parties to urgently commit to a 10-year adjustment strategy for coal mining communities. This must be backed by substantial financial ... more
  • I was able to inspect the new Service NSW centre at Toronto today with Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello. All is going well with the fit-out and things are still on track for a March 22 opening. Toronto's Service NSW office on schedule 27th February 2019 I was able to inspect the new Service NSW centre at Toronto today with Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello. All is going well with the fit-out and things are still on track for a March 22 opening. ... more
  • New multi-level parking stations should be built at Morisset, Cardiff and Fassifern train stations to cater for the region’s growth. Similar car parks should also be considered for Fassifern station and at Cardiff where daily commuters are already parking out suburban streets more than 500 metres fr... Government must consider multi-level car parks at Morisset, Cardiff and Fassifern stations 20th February 2019 New multi-level parking stations should be built at Morisset, Cardiff and Fassifern train stations to cater for the region’s growth. Similar car parks should also be considered for Fassifern station and at Cardiff where daily commuters are already parking out suburban streets more than 500 metres fr... ... more
  • The Cancer Council's Hunter branch is a wonderful organisation which I have worked closely with over many years. They do some tremendous work and have created informed policy which supports the local community and addresses major health issues. Full support for new Cancer Council campaign 12th February 2019 The Cancer Council's Hunter branch is a wonderful organisation which I have worked closely with over many years. They do some tremendous work and have created informed policy which supports the local community and addresses major health issues. ... more
  • As you're no doubt aware, the State election will be held on March 23. If you're going to be away or are unable to visit a polling booth on that day, you can apply now for a postal vote application form. Postal vote application forms available now 5th February 2019 As you're no doubt aware, the State election will be held on March 23. If you're going to be away or are unable to visit a polling booth on that day, you can apply now for a postal vote application form. ... more
  • Just an update on Return & Earn and the Reverse Vending Machines. The operator (Tomra) and Lake Macquarie council have been assessing new sites for the machines in the Toronto and Wangi areas UPDATE: Return and Earn vending machines 4th February 2019 Just an update on Return & Earn and the Reverse Vending Machines. The operator (Tomra) and Lake Macquarie council have been assessing new sites for the machines in the Toronto and Wangi areas ... more
  • I've welcomed news that an extra $6-million will be spent on clearing the backlog of maintenance work at local schools. The money will allow the backlog to be completely cleared at every school in the Lake Macquarie electorate by July next year.
$6m to clear local school maintenance backlogs 31st January 2019 I've welcomed news that an extra $6-million will be spent on clearing the backlog of maintenance work at local schools. The money will allow the backlog to be completely cleared at every school in the Lake Macquarie electorate by July next year. ... more
  • It was great to see about 250 people attend the on-site court hearing today over the planned helipad at Trinity Point. There are many people who would be affected by the helipad and I support what I believe to be the majority in their opposition for a Court visits site of planned Trinity Point helipad 29th January 2019 It was great to see about 250 people attend the on-site court hearing today over the planned helipad at Trinity Point. There are many people who would be affected by the helipad and I support what I believe to be the majority in their opposition for a ... more
  • Plans for the significant upgrade of Wyee Station have been formally approved with on-site groundwork investigations getting under way in March. The upgrade will include lifts to the platforms, providing access for customers with a disability, limited mobility, parents and carers with prams and thos... Work to start soon on Wyee Station upgrade 22nd January 2019 Plans for the significant upgrade of Wyee Station have been formally approved with on-site groundwork investigations getting under way in March. The upgrade will include lifts to the platforms, providing access for customers with a disability, limited mobility, parents and carers with prams and thos... ... more
  • Work on the Fishery Point Road intersection at Morisset is back in full swing, but there's a couple of issues which I've raised with the RMS about fixing. Firstly, I believe the merge lane heading into Fishery Point Road is way too short Fishery Point Rd works need some tweaking 14th January 2019 Work on the Fishery Point Road intersection at Morisset is back in full swing, but there's a couple of issues which I've raised with the RMS about fixing. Firstly, I believe the merge lane heading into Fishery Point Road is way too short ... more
  • It's great to see a new retailer providing fuel price competition in Morisset where fuel is currently about 30 cents per litre cheaper than at Toronto. Shop around or click here to find the best fuel prices 11th January 2019 It's great to see a new retailer providing fuel price competition in Morisset where fuel is currently about 30 cents per litre cheaper than at Toronto. ... more
  • If you're a parent or guardian of a child (4.5 to 18 and attending school), you can now apply for this year's 'Active Kids' and 'Creative Kids' vouchers. $100 Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers available now 2nd January 2019 If you're a parent or guardian of a child (4.5 to 18 and attending school), you can now apply for this year's 'Active Kids' and 'Creative Kids' vouchers. ... more
  • Whatever you're doing tonight, do it safely, wisely and happily, and please spare a thought for others in your local community, especially those who've Happy New Year! 31st December 2018 Whatever you're doing tonight, do it safely, wisely and happily, and please spare a thought for others in your local community, especially those who've ... more
  • What a fantastic and productive year we've had in Lake Macquarie. This is indeed the best place to call home. My thanks to everyone for your support. Merry Christmas everyone! 21st December 2018 What a fantastic and productive year we've had in Lake Macquarie. This is indeed the best place to call home. My thanks to everyone for your support. ... more
  • I want to congratulate Lake Macquarie Police District for the enormous amount of work they have done in busting this alleged drug syndicate in the local area. My thanks to LAC Commander Supt Daniel Sullivan and everyone Police crack major drug ring 21st December 2018 I want to congratulate Lake Macquarie Police District for the enormous amount of work they have done in busting this alleged drug syndicate in the local area. My thanks to LAC Commander Supt Daniel Sullivan and everyone ... more
  • Just a reminder that double demerit points are available for anyone who wants them from midnight tonight. Simply speed, use a mobile phone Double demerits in force for holiday season 20th December 2018 Just a reminder that double demerit points are available for anyone who wants them from midnight tonight. Simply speed, use a mobile phone ... more
  • In the space of three years, Kerrie Mathews lost two sons to suicide. She now dedicates her life to helping people and educating others about mental health issues and suicide, Just reward for a remarkable woman 18th December 2018 In the space of three years, Kerrie Mathews lost two sons to suicide. She now dedicates her life to helping people and educating others about mental health issues and suicide, ... more
  • The 2019 Seniors' Diary is out and I have loads of free copies in my Toronto electorate office if anyone would like to pick a few up. Diary for seniors now available 14th December 2018 The 2019 Seniors' Diary is out and I have loads of free copies in my Toronto electorate office if anyone would like to pick a few up. ... more
  • Thank you! We’ve managed to raise enough money, food and toys to replace everything that was stolen from Cooranbong’s Southlake Marketplace earlier this week. Remarkable community effort repairs the work of thieves 14th December 2018 Thank you! We’ve managed to raise enough money, food and toys to replace everything that was stolen from Cooranbong’s Southlake Marketplace earlier this week. ... more
  • Work on the Fishery Point Road and Macquarie Street intersection at Morisset is ahead of schedule with the new traffic lights expected to be switched on next Thursday December 20. Fishery Point Rd lights to be switched on next week 11th December 2018 Work on the Fishery Point Road and Macquarie Street intersection at Morisset is ahead of schedule with the new traffic lights expected to be switched on next Thursday December 20. ... more
  • Thieves have hit Southlakes Marketplace at Cooranbong stealing Christmas hampers and toys meant for some of our community’s most needy. Along with most others I’m angry and appalled but I can’t begin to understand how those hard working Thieves steal Christmas joy from local charity 10th December 2018 Thieves have hit Southlakes Marketplace at Cooranbong stealing Christmas hampers and toys meant for some of our community’s most needy. Along with most others I’m angry and appalled but I can’t begin to understand how those hard working ... more
  • Very happy to announce that 11 local sporting clubs have secured funding in the Office of Sport's 2018-19 Local Sport Grant Program. These grants are used for improvements to local grounds and facilities, or for equipment, training or the development of sport. Sporting groups share $50,000 in grants 6th December 2018 Very happy to announce that 11 local sporting clubs have secured funding in the Office of Sport's 2018-19 Local Sport Grant Program. These grants are used for improvements to local grounds and facilities, or for equipment, training or the development of sport. ... more
  • Today is International Day for People With a Disability and I'm very proud to stand again with the National Disability Advocacy Alliance and call on the State Government to maintain funding for advocacy services. Advocacy- giving people with disability a voice 3rd December 2018 Today is International Day for People With a Disability and I'm very proud to stand again with the National Disability Advocacy Alliance and call on the State Government to maintain funding for advocacy services. ... more
  • Landcare - a fantastic organisation that is exemplified by what has been achieved in Lake Macquarie! It was wonderful to join with some 80 dedicated Landcarers at the Landcare Resource Centre at Teralba today Landcare notches another year of outstanding community service 30th November 2018 Landcare - a fantastic organisation that is exemplified by what has been achieved in Lake Macquarie! It was wonderful to join with some 80 dedicated Landcarers at the Landcare Resource Centre at Teralba today ... more
  • Public access to Morisset Hospital will soon be restricted to ensure the health and safety of hospital patients, the community and the local kangaroo population. Morisset Hospital off limits to 'kangaroo tourists' 27th November 2018 Public access to Morisset Hospital will soon be restricted to ensure the health and safety of hospital patients, the community and the local kangaroo population. ... more
  • Suzanne Pritchard epitomises the wonderful community spirit we enjoy in Lake Macquarie. I paid tribute to her remarkable efforts in Parliament last week. A tribute to Suzanne Pritchard 26th November 2018 Suzanne Pritchard epitomises the wonderful community spirit we enjoy in Lake Macquarie. I paid tribute to her remarkable efforts in Parliament last week. ... more
  • After a few marathon debates this week which went close to midnight, the 56th Parliament has now finished it's four-year term. It's been a pretty productive one overall, Curtain closes on 56th Parliament 22nd November 2018 After a few marathon debates this week which went close to midnight, the 56th Parliament has now finished it's four-year term. It's been a pretty productive one overall, ... more
  • The State Government has announced it will fund 1500 extra police officers across the State over the next four years which is a great result. Call for more police at Morisset 20th November 2018 The State Government has announced it will fund 1500 extra police officers across the State over the next four years which is a great result. ... more
  • Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has today announced that 21 community, sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded grants to improve or construct facilities under the Community Building Partnership scheme.

$330,000 for community infrastructure projects 19th November 2018 Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has today announced that 21 community, sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded grants to improve or construct facilities under the Community Building Partnership scheme. ... more
  • The behaviour of elected MPs, particularly by those in the major parties during Question Time, can at times be disgraceful and an embarrassment. MPs must change disgraceful behaviour 12th November 2018 The behaviour of elected MPs, particularly by those in the major parties during Question Time, can at times be disgraceful and an embarrassment. ... more
  • I can finally confirm that the new Service NSW centre will be located in the former Miller’s store on The Boulevard at Toronto. It’s taken a bit longer than we’d hoped to get to this point but locking in a prime location Service NSW confirms Toronto location 8th November 2018 I can finally confirm that the new Service NSW centre will be located in the former Miller’s store on The Boulevard at Toronto. It’s taken a bit longer than we’d hoped to get to this point but locking in a prime location ... more
  • Great to catch up with everyone at Cancer Council NSW - Hunter Region for the annual Relay For Life at the weekend. Despite the oppressive weather conditions and heat at Glendale Sports Centre, Relay For Life raises $55,000 5th November 2018 Great to catch up with everyone at Cancer Council NSW - Hunter Region for the annual Relay For Life at the weekend. Despite the oppressive weather conditions and heat at Glendale Sports Centre, ... more
  • There is a bushfire currently burning on the eastern side of the M1 at Freemans Waterhole. Elvis the water-bombing helicopter is currently collecting water from the lake at Toronto and dumping it on the fire front. Bushfire closes Palmers Road 2nd November 2018 There is a bushfire currently burning on the eastern side of the M1 at Freemans Waterhole. Elvis the water-bombing helicopter is currently collecting water from the lake at Toronto and dumping it on the fire front. ... more
  • Here's the initial design for the new Wyee station with lifts. The project also includes upgrades to paths from the Gorokan Rd and Wyee Rd car parks, a formalised Designs released for new Wyee station 2nd November 2018 Here's the initial design for the new Wyee station with lifts. The project also includes upgrades to paths from the Gorokan Rd and Wyee Rd car parks, a formalised ... more