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  • 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
  • Good news for Charlton Christian College at Fassifern which has been drawn out of the statewide ballot to participate in the 2019 Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship.
Local school student will get once-in-a-lifetime history lesson 25th October 2018 Good news for Charlton Christian College at Fassifern which has been drawn out of the statewide ballot to participate in the 2019 Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship. ... more
  • The Police Association has called on the Government to recruit 2500 new officers to cater for the State's growing population. 
Minister called on to open Morisset Police Station 24/7 25th October 2018 The Police Association has called on the Government to recruit 2500 new officers to cater for the State's growing population. ... more
  • Plans to install lifts at Wyee Station have moved to the next stage. Wyee locals will remember that we managed to get funding for the project in the June State Budget. Plans for lifts at Wyee Station move to next stage 24th October 2018 Plans to install lifts at Wyee Station have moved to the next stage. Wyee locals will remember that we managed to get funding for the project in the June State Budget. ... more
  • Just a quick thanks to everyone who lent a hand on Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday.
Hundreds of volunteers turned out to help clean up some of this mindless vandalism.
A great effort on Graffiti Removal Day 22nd October 2018 Just a quick thanks to everyone who lent a hand on Graffiti Removal Day on Sunday. Hundreds of volunteers turned out to help clean up some of this mindless vandalism. ... more
  • Parliament will soon debate ‘Dolly’s Law’ which relates to online bullying and cyber stalking. The Bill is named after Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett who was the young face of Akubra New laws to protect victims of online bullying 22nd October 2018 Parliament will soon debate ‘Dolly’s Law’ which relates to online bullying and cyber stalking. The Bill is named after Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett who was the young face of Akubra ... more
  • I was saddened to hear this morning of the death of environmental champion and former Australian of the Year Ian Kiernan OAM. He was a great friend of many in Lake Macquarie. Ian Kiernan was a great friend to many in Lake Macquarie 17th October 2018 I was saddened to hear this morning of the death of environmental champion and former Australian of the Year Ian Kiernan OAM. He was a great friend of many in Lake Macquarie. ... more
  • Great to share some good news with Lake Macquarie Rugby Club president Ron Robson today. We’ve been able to secure $231,000 in State funding to install new lighting at Walters Park, the home of the Roos at Speers Point. $231,000 for lighting at Walters Park 16th October 2018 Great to share some good news with Lake Macquarie Rugby Club president Ron Robson today. We’ve been able to secure $231,000 in State funding to install new lighting at Walters Park, the home of the Roos at Speers Point. ... more
  • Fantastic news today for Northern NSW Football. We’ve secured $2.25m from the State Government to significantly expand the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility at Speers Point. 
$2.25m to expand football centre at Speers Point 11th October 2018 Fantastic news today for Northern NSW Football. We’ve secured $2.25m from the State Government to significantly expand the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility at Speers Point. ... more
  • The Minister was here to officially deliver two new fire tankers - one to the rural brigade at Killingworth and a new $310,000 tanker to Toronto Fire and Rescue. These new multi-purpose tankers enable firefighters to access fires in difficult terrain. Two new tankers for Lake Macquarie fire brigades 10th October 2018 The Minister was here to officially deliver two new fire tankers - one to the rural brigade at Killingworth and a new $310,000 tanker to Toronto Fire and Rescue. These new multi-purpose tankers enable firefighters to access fires in difficult terrain. ... more
  • I'm so pleased to announce a grant of $150,000 from the State Government's 'Waste Less Recycle More' program for a fantastic regional pilot program being run by Lake Macquarie business Cross Connections Consulting. $150,000 for pilot recycling project 9th October 2018 I'm so pleased to announce a grant of $150,000 from the State Government's 'Waste Less Recycle More' program for a fantastic regional pilot program being run by Lake Macquarie business Cross Connections Consulting. ... more
  • The facts are that Heritage NSW required the machine be removed because it could not be located on a site which is heritage listed, or next to a building that is heritage listed. Additionally, the previous Board UPDATE: Rathmines Return and Earn machine 9th October 2018 The facts are that Heritage NSW required the machine be removed because it could not be located on a site which is heritage listed, or next to a building that is heritage listed. Additionally, the previous Board ... more
  • I've had a lot of inquiries today about the removal of the Return & Earn recycling machine at Rathmines. The first I knew about the removal was when some locals contacted me over the weekend. I'm aware that Lake Macquarie Rathmines Return and Earn machine 8th October 2018 I've had a lot of inquiries today about the removal of the Return & Earn recycling machine at Rathmines. The first I knew about the removal was when some locals contacted me over the weekend. I'm aware that Lake Macquarie ... more
  • I'm 100% behind the Police Association's campaign for 2500 extra police in NSW. I've signed the petition and I hope you will too. Lake Macquarie Police District does a fantastic job under the leadership of Supt Daniel Sullivan, Get behind our police 5th October 2018 I'm 100% behind the Police Association's campaign for 2500 extra police in NSW. I've signed the petition and I hope you will too. Lake Macquarie Police District does a fantastic job under the leadership of Supt Daniel Sullivan, ... more
  • Great news today. We've secured more than $3.5m for nine fantastic projects in western Lake Macquarie. Included is $450,000 for the expansion and upgrade of Awaba Mountain Bike Park, $620,000 for a shared cycleway at Brightwaters, $616,000 for a playground upgrade at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park at ... $3.5m secured for Lake Macquarie projects 24th September 2018 Great news today. We've secured more than $3.5m for nine fantastic projects in western Lake Macquarie. Included is $450,000 for the expansion and upgrade of Awaba Mountain Bike Park, $620,000 for a shared cycleway at Brightwaters, $616,000 for a playground upgrade at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park at ... ... more
  • I don't think there's a school, club, pub, business or community group in Lake Macquarie which has not contributed in some way towards helping those affected by the drought. I am extremely proud to represent this community in the Parliament and extremely proud of the way we pull together when needed... Lake Macquarie community digs deep for farmers 20th September 2018 I don't think there's a school, club, pub, business or community group in Lake Macquarie which has not contributed in some way towards helping those affected by the drought. I am extremely proud to represent this community in the Parliament and extremely proud of the way we pull together when needed... ... more
  • More than $140,000 has been secured to improve facilities at the popular Morisset PCYC centre. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has secured $140,312 in funding for the Kahibah Street centre, enabling it to install state-of-the-art insulation and fans.
$140,000 secured for Morisset PCYC 14th September 2018 More than $140,000 has been secured to improve facilities at the popular Morisset PCYC centre. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has secured $140,312 in funding for the Kahibah Street centre, enabling it to install state-of-the-art insulation and fans. ... more
  • We all know life has its ups and downs, but some people could be doing it tougher than you think. It's always a good idea to check in on the well-being of those close to you. How are you going? 13th September 2018 We all know life has its ups and downs, but some people could be doing it tougher than you think. It's always a good idea to check in on the well-being of those close to you. ... more
  • Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has welcomed $180,000 worth of State funding to better monitor the condition of local beaches and the lake. The announcement follows a successful funding application from Lake Macquarie City Council which will fund the remaining half of the project cost.
Funding will provide report card on health of lake and beaches 28th August 2018 Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has welcomed $180,000 worth of State funding to better monitor the condition of local beaches and the lake. The announcement follows a successful funding application from Lake Macquarie City Council which will fund the remaining half of the project cost. ... more
  • Quite a few people have contacted my office about the marine parks flagged by the State Government. It's clearly an issue which has polarised a lot of people and the truth is getting lost in some of the debate. Marine park plan opened for public comment 28th August 2018 Quite a few people have contacted my office about the marine parks flagged by the State Government. It's clearly an issue which has polarised a lot of people and the truth is getting lost in some of the debate. ... more
  • Don't let the awful shenanigans in Canberra distract you from the fact it's Daffodil Day! Volunteers from the Cancer Council NSW - Hunter Region are selling daffodils and fantastic merchandise outside Simply Pharmacy on The Boulevard at Toronto until about 3.30 today Throw your support behind Daffodil Day 24th August 2018 Don't let the awful shenanigans in Canberra distract you from the fact it's Daffodil Day! Volunteers from the Cancer Council NSW - Hunter Region are selling daffodils and fantastic merchandise outside Simply Pharmacy on The Boulevard at Toronto until about 3.30 today ... more
  • Work on the $3.3m upgrade of the Fishery Point Road intersection with Macquarie Street at Morisset will start on Tuesday. Work to start on Fishery Point Road intersection 23rd August 2018 Work on the $3.3m upgrade of the Fishery Point Road intersection with Macquarie Street at Morisset will start on Tuesday. ... more
  • Lake Macquarie council has plans to revitalise the Toronto foreshore. A lot of people have already contacted me with concerns about parts of council's development plan, Have your say on Toronto foreshore plan 17th August 2018 Lake Macquarie council has plans to revitalise the Toronto foreshore. A lot of people have already contacted me with concerns about parts of council's development plan, ... more
  • I spoke in Parliament last night about the high rate of road fatalities in Lake Macquarie. A lot of people are quick to blame the roads, but in my opinion they are not the main cause. We have to address our road safety problems 15th August 2018 I spoke in Parliament last night about the high rate of road fatalities in Lake Macquarie. A lot of people are quick to blame the roads, but in my opinion they are not the main cause. ... more
  • A new Reverse Vending Machine is now up and running at Morisset Country Club. The machine operates between 7am and 7pm. Reverse Vending Machine now open at Morisset 30th July 2018 A new Reverse Vending Machine is now up and running at Morisset Country Club. The machine operates between 7am and 7pm. ... more
  • All services on route 263 will divert via Cardiff South between Cardiff Station and Charlestown. Residents in the Cardiff South and Hillsborough area will now have direct connections to Charlestown Square, Cardiff Station and Stockland Glendale with an additional 211 trips per week.
 Route 263 Returns to the Cardiff Area 27th July 2018 All services on route 263 will divert via Cardiff South between Cardiff Station and Charlestown. Residents in the Cardiff South and Hillsborough area will now have direct connections to Charlestown Square, Cardiff Station and Stockland Glendale with an additional 211 trips per week. ... more
  • Nominations for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards are now open. If you know of any remarkable women in our community you can nominate them on the following link.
Nominates open for Women of the Year Awards 17th July 2018 Nominations for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards are now open. If you know of any remarkable women in our community you can nominate them on the following link. ... more
  • Some good news from the RMS: they've listened to our feedback on the Fishery Point Rd/Macquarie Street intersection and have made changes to the proposed works. The on-street parking along Macquarie Street will be RETAINED, and other sections widened. Project update: Fishery Point Rd and Macquarie Street intersection 22nd June 2018 Some good news from the RMS: they've listened to our feedback on the Fishery Point Rd/Macquarie Street intersection and have made changes to the proposed works. The on-street parking along Macquarie Street will be RETAINED, and other sections widened. ... more
  • Millions of dollars promised to a range of Lake Macquarie projects have been confirmed by State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet in today’s State Budget. There is funding for the Service NSW office coming to Toronto, and funding to begin the planning works for the installation of lifts at Wyee railway st... Budget funding confirmed for Lake Macquarie projects 19th June 2018 Millions of dollars promised to a range of Lake Macquarie projects have been confirmed by State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet in today’s State Budget. There is funding for the Service NSW office coming to Toronto, and funding to begin the planning works for the installation of lifts at Wyee railway st... ... more
  • After a decade of campaigning, we're getting lifts and a major upgrade of Wyee Station under plans approved today by Transport Minister Andrew Constance. It's a great result for what has been another long community campaign at Wyee. Lifts to be installed at Wyee Station under major upgrade 4th June 2018 After a decade of campaigning, we're getting lifts and a major upgrade of Wyee Station under plans approved today by Transport Minister Andrew Constance. It's a great result for what has been another long community campaign at Wyee. ... more
  • In great news for the people of Wyee, I'll today join State Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin to announce an expansion of the Wyee sewer connection project which will accommodate future growth of the township. $36m Wyee sewer scheme to be expanded 1st June 2018 In great news for the people of Wyee, I'll today join State Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin to announce an expansion of the Wyee sewer connection project which will accommodate future growth of the township. ... more
  • The NSW Government will provide $185,000 to fund an 18-month program which supports at-risk youth in Lake Macquarie to help break the cycle of crime. New funding to tackle cycle of youth crime 1st June 2018 The NSW Government will provide $185,000 to fund an 18-month program which supports at-risk youth in Lake Macquarie to help break the cycle of crime. ... more
  • A full-scale Service NSW office will be built at Toronto, signaling a massive win for the southern and western Lake Macquarie communities which have fought for several years to have government services restored in the area. People power wins fight for Government services at Toronto 1st June 2018 A full-scale Service NSW office will be built at Toronto, signaling a massive win for the southern and western Lake Macquarie communities which have fought for several years to have government services restored in the area. ... more
  • Some great news for Lake Macquarie this morning. I'm hosting NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery to announce that we've secured more than $2m for the council to extend the gallery and build a new multi-arts space in Speers Point Park. $2m funding boost for arts and cultural facilities in Lake Macquarie 30th May 2018 Some great news for Lake Macquarie this morning. I'm hosting NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery to announce that we've secured more than $2m for the council to extend the gallery and build a new multi-arts space in Speers Point Park. ... more
  • For anyone who travels through Morisset, I've been informed by Lake Macquarie council and the RMS that work is about to start on relocating the pedestrian crossing on Dora Street. The new crossing will be located further down the hill and will be controlled by traffic lights. Work to start on new pedestrian lights at Morisset 11th May 2018 For anyone who travels through Morisset, I've been informed by Lake Macquarie council and the RMS that work is about to start on relocating the pedestrian crossing on Dora Street. The new crossing will be located further down the hill and will be controlled by traffic lights. ... more
  • I'm finding it really hard to believe that Telstra could leave an entire suburb without landlines and home internet services for the best part of two months. That's exactly what's happening at Awaba where no one, not even the school, has had a landline since April 5. Telstra's response to Awaba phone fault is unacceptable 9th May 2018 I'm finding it really hard to believe that Telstra could leave an entire suburb without landlines and home internet services for the best part of two months. That's exactly what's happening at Awaba where no one, not even the school, has had a landline since April 5. ... more
  • Kangaroo tourism has become a big thing at Morisset Hospital. Having been widely advertised as a good viewing site on the internet and on social media it is not likely that it can be stopped, but for the wellbeing of the kangaroos and the safety of visitors, there does need to be better education ab... Co-ordinated approach needed to manage 'kangaroo tourists' 2nd May 2018 Kangaroo tourism has become a big thing at Morisset Hospital. Having been widely advertised as a good viewing site on the internet and on social media it is not likely that it can be stopped, but for the wellbeing of the kangaroos and the safety of visitors, there does need to be better education ab... ... more
  • It's been a long time coming but the RMS has released plans to upgrade the Macquarie Street-Fishery Point Road intersection at Morisset. At face value, the plan looks as though it will address the problem with RMS releases plan for Fishery Point Rd intersection 1st May 2018 It's been a long time coming but the RMS has released plans to upgrade the Macquarie Street-Fishery Point Road intersection at Morisset. At face value, the plan looks as though it will address the problem with ... more
  • I’m sure that many of our Diggers had plenty of larrikin in them, but I think they’d agree that this guy probably crossed the line and doesn’t quite reflect the degree of freedom they were fighting for. Just before midnight last night, this person stole the ‘Lest We Forget’ Anzac Day flag Anzac flag theft caught on camera 26th April 2018 I’m sure that many of our Diggers had plenty of larrikin in them, but I think they’d agree that this guy probably crossed the line and doesn’t quite reflect the degree of freedom they were fighting for. Just before midnight last night, this person stole the ‘Lest We Forget’ Anzac Day flag ... more
  • It was an absolute pleasure to present Robyn Charlton with a NSW Government Community Service Award this morning. We put on a little morning tea for Robyn who has worked voluntarily in the local area for many years on countless environmental and community projects. This 
Community service award for Robyn Charlton 26th April 2018 It was an absolute pleasure to present Robyn Charlton with a NSW Government Community Service Award this morning. We put on a little morning tea for Robyn who has worked voluntarily in the local area for many years on countless environmental and community projects. This ... more
  • Thousands of people attended Anzac Day services throughout Lake Macquarie this morning, despite rain putting a dampener on many. Large crowds were on hand for early services at Wangi, Speers Point, Cardiff, Toronto and Morisset, while services at Rathmines featured some spectacular aerial displays. Huge crowds at Anzac Day services 25th April 2018 Thousands of people attended Anzac Day services throughout Lake Macquarie this morning, despite rain putting a dampener on many. Large crowds were on hand for early services at Wangi, Speers Point, Cardiff, Toronto and Morisset, while services at Rathmines featured some spectacular aerial displays. ... more
  • This is what can be achieved when we tackle problems with possible solutions and we get everyone involved in the same room together. The new bus timetables contained problems, particularly in the Cardiff South, Macquarie Hills and Speers Point areas. Keolis Downer confirms changes are coming to new bus timetable 20th April 2018 This is what can be achieved when we tackle problems with possible solutions and we get everyone involved in the same room together. The new bus timetables contained problems, particularly in the Cardiff South, Macquarie Hills and Speers Point areas. ... more
  • I'm a big fan of the Heaven Can Wait - Charity Sailing Regatta staged by Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto each year. Today, event organisers handed over the proceeds to two very worthwhile organisations. Sailing regatta raises more than $45,000. 19th April 2018 I'm a big fan of the Heaven Can Wait - Charity Sailing Regatta staged by Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto each year. Today, event organisers handed over the proceeds to two very worthwhile organisations. ... more
  • Very pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting 14 grants for local sporting clubs from the Office of Sport. The grants help to provide clubs with new equipment, professional development and facilities which are always needed and welcomed in our local area.
Sports clubs snare grants 18th April 2018 Very pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting 14 grants for local sporting clubs from the Office of Sport. The grants help to provide clubs with new equipment, professional development and facilities which are always needed and welcomed in our local area. ... more
  • Happy to report that five sporting organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded State grants to help install life-saving defibrillators at their clubhouses and grounds. Among the recipients are Hunter Mountainbike Association, Lake Macquarie Rowing Club, Life-saving defibrillators for sporting clubhouses 17th April 2018 Happy to report that five sporting organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded State grants to help install life-saving defibrillators at their clubhouses and grounds. Among the recipients are Hunter Mountainbike Association, Lake Macquarie Rowing Club, ... more
  • Very pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting 14 grants for local sporting clubs from the Office of Sport. The grants help to provide clubs with new equipment, development and facilities which are always needed and welcomed in our local area. Local sporting clubs boosted by funding grants 17th April 2018 Very pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting 14 grants for local sporting clubs from the Office of Sport. The grants help to provide clubs with new equipment, development and facilities which are always needed and welcomed in our local area. ... more
  • Keep an eye out for my annual Spirit of Anzac booklet which should be arriving in your letterbox this week. It contains a full guide to this year's Anzac Day services in Lake Macquarie. This year's cover features a fantastic painting of a Catalina flying boat taking off from Rathmines in 1943. Anzac Day booklet is in the mail 16th April 2018 Keep an eye out for my annual Spirit of Anzac booklet which should be arriving in your letterbox this week. It contains a full guide to this year's Anzac Day services in Lake Macquarie. This year's cover features a fantastic painting of a Catalina flying boat taking off from Rathmines in 1943. ... more
  • It was great to address the Stand By Me rally for disability advocacy services at Parliament House today, and to see so many people (many locals) who are the real faces of this campaign. As I told today's meeting, we must continue to work to ensure that disability advocacy services do not become the... Rallying for disability advocacy services 10th April 2018 It was great to address the Stand By Me rally for disability advocacy services at Parliament House today, and to see so many people (many locals) who are the real faces of this campaign. As I told today's meeting, we must continue to work to ensure that disability advocacy services do not become the... ... more
  • This morning’s announcement by the State Government is a great victory for disability services in our area and a great victory for common sense. I’m really pleased that the Government has listened to the community and agreed to put in place much of the plan I’ve been pushing for. Under today’s annou... A great outcome for disability advocacy services 6th April 2018 This morning’s announcement by the State Government is a great victory for disability services in our area and a great victory for common sense. I’m really pleased that the Government has listened to the community and agreed to put in place much of the plan I’ve been pushing for. Under today’s annou... ... more
  • Anzac Day is our chance to pause and remember all the men and women who have served, fought and died in defence of this great country. Please take the opportunity on Anzac Day to attend a service and pay respects to all our service personnel, past and present, Anzac Day Services 2018 4th April 2018 Anzac Day is our chance to pause and remember all the men and women who have served, fought and died in defence of this great country. Please take the opportunity on Anzac Day to attend a service and pay respects to all our service personnel, past and present, ... more
  • Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council has been awarded a $71,615 grant to continue targeting illegal dumping. The money will allow the council to expand its successful illegal dumping prevention program as well as target new hotspots.
New funding to combat illegal dumping in Lake Macquarie 23rd March 2018 Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council has been awarded a $71,615 grant to continue targeting illegal dumping. The money will allow the council to expand its successful illegal dumping prevention program as well as target new hotspots. ... more
  • Some great news for Rathmines, Fishing Point and Speers Point communities today. I'm really pleased to announce that the State Government has come to the party and will contribute $800,000 towards the cost of refurbishing and reopening the heritage-listed Rathmines Community Hall. Million-dollar boost for historic hall and pool projects 20th March 2018 Some great news for Rathmines, Fishing Point and Speers Point communities today. I'm really pleased to announce that the State Government has come to the party and will contribute $800,000 towards the cost of refurbishing and reopening the heritage-listed Rathmines Community Hall. ... more
  • Like everyone else who uses Hillsborough Road, I'm getting concerned about the time taken to release details of the corridor study and masterplan for improvements. Results of the study were supposed to be released late last year. Government must get on with fixing Hillsborough Road 16th March 2018 Like everyone else who uses Hillsborough Road, I'm getting concerned about the time taken to release details of the corridor study and masterplan for improvements. Results of the study were supposed to be released late last year. ... more
  • The State Government says it will spend its $4.1 Billion windfall from the sale of Snowy Hydro in the regions, and there's no better place to start than the planned transport interchange at Glendale. And then we'll start talking about our roads Plenty of projects worthy of Government's Snowy funds 15th March 2018 The State Government says it will spend its $4.1 Billion windfall from the sale of Snowy Hydro in the regions, and there's no better place to start than the planned transport interchange at Glendale. And then we'll start talking about our roads ... more
  • I spoke in Parliament yesterday about problem gambling and its impacts on the Lake Macquarie community. Clearly, the clubs and pubs do an enormous amount of good, but there is a significant downside to their poker machines and the damage they cause to many vulnerable people and those around them. New poker machine laws don't go far enough 14th March 2018 I spoke in Parliament yesterday about problem gambling and its impacts on the Lake Macquarie community. Clearly, the clubs and pubs do an enormous amount of good, but there is a significant downside to their poker machines and the damage they cause to many vulnerable people and those around them. ... more
  • The State's Valuer-General released new land values for Lake Macquarie properties in January. Values rose sharply in some areas which is good news for some, but bad news for housing affordability. Land valuations cause concern for some 6th March 2018 The State's Valuer-General released new land values for Lake Macquarie properties in January. Values rose sharply in some areas which is good news for some, but bad news for housing affordability. ... more
  • Invitations have been sent to all residential landowners at Wyee about the next public meeting on the planned sewer connection project. Originally announced as a $26m project, the plan was to sewer the existing 400 residential properties and most businesses along with
Public meeting for Wyee residents 5th March 2018 Invitations have been sent to all residential landowners at Wyee about the next public meeting on the planned sewer connection project. Originally announced as a $26m project, the plan was to sewer the existing 400 residential properties and most businesses along with ... more
  • I had a great time joining with Mayor Kay Fraser, Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, members of the Wangi Lions Club and members of the local community to officially open the Wangi Fitness Trail which runs along the beautiful foreshore of Wangi New fitness trail opens at Wangi 3rd March 2018 I had a great time joining with Mayor Kay Fraser, Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, members of the Wangi Lions Club and members of the local community to officially open the Wangi Fitness Trail which runs along the beautiful foreshore of Wangi ... more
  • I was really happy to learn that three extraordinary Lake Macquarie women have been named as finalists in the 2018 NSW Woman of the Year awards. I nominated Andreena Kardamis in the Young Woman of the Year category, Three Lake Macquarie finalists in Woman of the Year Awards 21st February 2018 I was really happy to learn that three extraordinary Lake Macquarie women have been named as finalists in the 2018 NSW Woman of the Year awards. I nominated Andreena Kardamis in the Young Woman of the Year category, ... more
  • An array of new public artworks will be created around the Lake Macquarie foreshore following a significant financial contribution from the State Government. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council will receive a grant of $285,800 to support the $571,600... Funding secured for Lake Macquarie foreshore art trail 12th February 2018 An array of new public artworks will be created around the Lake Macquarie foreshore following a significant financial contribution from the State Government. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council will receive a grant of $285,800 to support the $571,600... ... more
  • Just a reminder for everyone with school-aged children, the $100 Active Kids rebate scheme will kick off next Wednesday, January 31. This is the State Government scheme that will provide a $100 voucher to every $100 Active Kids voucher available from January 31 24th January 2018 Just a reminder for everyone with school-aged children, the $100 Active Kids rebate scheme will kick off next Wednesday, January 31. This is the State Government scheme that will provide a $100 voucher to every ... more
  • Firstly, I wish to state my support for the container deposit scheme, however the rollout of the ‘Return and Earn’ scheme so far has had mixed reception and with limited drop-off points in western Lake Macquarie, More collection points needed for bottle recycling scheme 23rd January 2018 Firstly, I wish to state my support for the container deposit scheme, however the rollout of the ‘Return and Earn’ scheme so far has had mixed reception and with limited drop-off points in western Lake Macquarie, ... more
  • Public jetties at Wangi Wangi, Speers Point and Rathmines will be rebuilt or improved with funding secured by Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper under the State Government’s Boating Now program. $1.3m for Lake Macquarie jetty projects 12th January 2018 Public jetties at Wangi Wangi, Speers Point and Rathmines will be rebuilt or improved with funding secured by Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper under the State Government’s Boating Now program. ... more
  • Lake Macquarie police are investigating a significant spate of thefts from cars parked outside homes in the past 24 hours. These have included cars at Morisset, Morisset Park, Spate of thefts from unlocked cars 9th January 2018 Lake Macquarie police are investigating a significant spate of thefts from cars parked outside homes in the past 24 hours. These have included cars at Morisset, Morisset Park, ... more
  • I understand that Santa and some of his helpers from the Rotary Club of Toronto will be making the traditional water voyage along the western shores of Lake Macquarie on Christmas Eve, Santa to make his annual lake voyage 22nd December 2017 I understand that Santa and some of his helpers from the Rotary Club of Toronto will be making the traditional water voyage along the western shores of Lake Macquarie on Christmas Eve, ... more
  • It was a pleasure and a privilege to present Russell and Gwen Deaves from Wyee with a Premier’s Award during a special morning tea at Wyee Nursery today. 
I’ve known Russell and Gwen Wyee legends recognised with Premier's Award 20th December 2017 It was a pleasure and a privilege to present Russell and Gwen Deaves from Wyee with a Premier’s Award during a special morning tea at Wyee Nursery today. I’ve known Russell and Gwen ... more
  • I’m very pleased to announce that a record 24 projects in Lake Macquarie will be funded under this year’s Community Building Partnerships scheme.
I received applications worth close to $1m this year, so competition for the funding is now really competitive. $300,000 for Lake Macquarie community projects 18th December 2017 I’m very pleased to announce that a record 24 projects in Lake Macquarie will be funded under this year’s Community Building Partnerships scheme. I received applications worth close to $1m this year, so competition for the funding is now really competitive. ... more
  • I always enjoy presenting deserving community members with awards recognising their exceptional efforts, but this morning was particularly special. Much to their surprise, Colin and Betty Smith Tireless efforts acknowledged with Premier's Award 18th December 2017 I always enjoy presenting deserving community members with awards recognising their exceptional efforts, but this morning was particularly special. Much to their surprise, Colin and Betty Smith ... more
  • For me, this was probably the most remarkable and inspirational story of the past year. I joined a strong crowd on Friday to see Wendy Evans finish her solo sail around Remarkable lady makes solo sailing history 15th December 2017 For me, this was probably the most remarkable and inspirational story of the past year. I joined a strong crowd on Friday to see Wendy Evans finish her solo sail around ... more
  • The 2018 Seniors Card directory is now available free from my office for any member who wants one. This is the Hunter-Central Coast edition and it lists the 5600 businesses which offer discounts and special offers to Seniors Card holders. Discount guide for Seniors Card holders now available 11th December 2017 The 2018 Seniors Card directory is now available free from my office for any member who wants one. This is the Hunter-Central Coast edition and it lists the 5600 businesses which offer discounts and special offers to Seniors Card holders. ... more
  • The future management of lead contamination at Boolaroo has been boosted by a $23m statewide legacy fund created by the State Government. Boolaroo to benefit from $23m contaminated sites fund 17th November 2017 The future management of lead contamination at Boolaroo has been boosted by a $23m statewide legacy fund created by the State Government. ... more
  • Many of you will know Dianne who has worked in my Toronto electorate office since I was first elected to the Parliament 10 years ago. Dianne was responsible for getting our office up and running, effectively from scratch, when I was elected in 2007. Dianne's decade of dedication 16th November 2017 Many of you will know Dianne who has worked in my Toronto electorate office since I was first elected to the Parliament 10 years ago. Dianne was responsible for getting our office up and running, effectively from scratch, when I was elected in 2007. ... more
  • It was a great morning at Sailabilty Toronto joining with family, friends and assorted fans of Wendy Evans as she set out on Day 1 of her solo sailing adventure around Lake Macquarie. Wendy sets sail on solo voyage 10th November 2017 It was a great morning at Sailabilty Toronto joining with family, friends and assorted fans of Wendy Evans as she set out on Day 1 of her solo sailing adventure around Lake Macquarie. ... more
  • It's disappointing that the RMS has not agreed to my request to review their decision on the Marconi Road speed limit, although I haven't got any formal response from the RMS or the Minister since raising this matter with them. RMS is acting against community's wishes 2nd November 2017 It's disappointing that the RMS has not agreed to my request to review their decision on the Marconi Road speed limit, although I haven't got any formal response from the RMS or the Minister since raising this matter with them. ... more
  • The short-term holiday letting industry is booming. While I believe it has a place in the market, the industry must be regulated because it is having a significant impact on residential neighbourhoods. Short-term holiday letting industry must be regulated 31st October 2017 The short-term holiday letting industry is booming. While I believe it has a place in the market, the industry must be regulated because it is having a significant impact on residential neighbourhoods. ... more
  • I'm really looking forward to the annual Rathmines Catalina Festival this Sunday, October 29. This event has grown from strength to strength and now attracts Big air displays planned for Sunday's Catalina festival at Rathmines 26th October 2017 I'm really looking forward to the annual Rathmines Catalina Festival this Sunday, October 29. This event has grown from strength to strength and now attracts ... more
  • The NSW Supreme Court has finally ended a stalemate which has been locking up residential land at Argenton and preventing landowners from building their homes. Court rules to end Bunderra stalemate 20th October 2017 The NSW Supreme Court has finally ended a stalemate which has been locking up residential land at Argenton and preventing landowners from building their homes. ... more
  • Loving all the rain, but it looks like clearing in time for tomorrow's Toronto Spring Fair. I'll have my usual stand at the fair so make sure you drop by for a chat and pick up one of my free re-useable bags or travel Pop in and say hello at Toronto Spring Fair 20th October 2017 Loving all the rain, but it looks like clearing in time for tomorrow's Toronto Spring Fair. I'll have my usual stand at the fair so make sure you drop by for a chat and pick up one of my free re-useable bags or travel ... more
  • I was pleased to receive unanimous support from the Parliament today for improved palliative care services in Lake Macquarie and throughout the Hunter Region. Some good news on palliative care services 19th October 2017 I was pleased to receive unanimous support from the Parliament today for improved palliative care services in Lake Macquarie and throughout the Hunter Region. ... more
  • Ever had a retail gift card which expired? Tired of missing out on tickets to major concerts or sporting events because scalpers or 'computer bots' have snapped them all up? New laws will crack down on ticket scalping and gift cards 17th October 2017 Ever had a retail gift card which expired? Tired of missing out on tickets to major concerts or sporting events because scalpers or 'computer bots' have snapped them all up? ... more
  • I’ve been advised by the RMS that after a review of Marconi Road at Morisset and Bonnells Bay, the speed limit will be reduced from 70kmh to 60kmh. RMS planning speed limit reduction on Marconi Road 12th October 2017 I’ve been advised by the RMS that after a review of Marconi Road at Morisset and Bonnells Bay, the speed limit will be reduced from 70kmh to 60kmh. ... more
  • Very pleased that the State Government will be chipping in to build new playgrounds at Bolton Point and Booragul. Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward has granted $150,000 New playgrounds for Bolton Point and Booragul 11th October 2017 Very pleased that the State Government will be chipping in to build new playgrounds at Bolton Point and Booragul. Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward has granted $150,000 ... more
  • This latest issue around the disposal of toxic soil from Boolaroo is incredibly frustrating. As I say in this Newcastle Herald article, it's become When bureaucracy becomes a debacle 3rd October 2017 This latest issue around the disposal of toxic soil from Boolaroo is incredibly frustrating. As I say in this Newcastle Herald article, it's become ... more
  • Today at 1pm, Toronto High School students Lochlan Maher, Coby Howarth, Skye-Ann Anderson, Kayleb Bennet & Toby Adams completed a two-week trek of the Great North Walk. They did this amazing unassisted walk to raise money for Toronto High students complete incredible journey 30th September 2017 Today at 1pm, Toronto High School students Lochlan Maher, Coby Howarth, Skye-Ann Anderson, Kayleb Bennet & Toby Adams completed a two-week trek of the Great North Walk. They did this amazing unassisted walk to raise money for ... more
  • I was shocked and saddened to learn that the fatal accident near Port Macquarie yesterday involved a Wangi family. The accident has claimed the life of a young student from Toronto High. My thoughts and condolences are with the family and all of their friends. Please, please take care on the roads t... Condolences for Wangi teen killed in horror crash 29th September 2017 I was shocked and saddened to learn that the fatal accident near Port Macquarie yesterday involved a Wangi family. The accident has claimed the life of a young student from Toronto High. My thoughts and condolences are with the family and all of their friends. Please, please take care on the roads t... ... more
  • I again extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and many friends of Bob 'Dutchy' Holland who will be farewelled at Newcastle's Christ Church Cathedral this afternoon. Lake Macquarie has lost one of its finest men, but we were all very lucky to have known him. Here's a copy of the tribute to Du... Community farewells Dutchy 28th September 2017 I again extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and many friends of Bob 'Dutchy' Holland who will be farewelled at Newcastle's Christ Church Cathedral this afternoon. Lake Macquarie has lost one of its finest men, but we were all very lucky to have known him. Here's a copy of the tribute to Du... ... more
  • Fight continues for better government services 20th September 2017 "The people of Lake Macquarie are starting to wonder what the State Government will take away from them next. They're also starting to wonder what the 'service' in Service NSW means, because they're certainly not getting much." ... more
  • The Government has voted for new laws which will allow all retail outlets to open on Boxing Day if they choose. I know many people enjoy the Boxing Day sales, and Keep Boxing Day as a proper public holiday 20th September 2017 The Government has voted for new laws which will allow all retail outlets to open on Boxing Day if they choose. I know many people enjoy the Boxing Day sales, and ... more
  • It was fantastic to catch up with the great Ken Warby at Toronto at the weekend. As you may remember, Ken still holds the world water speed record of 317.58 miles per hour (511.1 kph) which he set back in 1978. Warby to attempt new water speed record 18th September 2017 It was fantastic to catch up with the great Ken Warby at Toronto at the weekend. As you may remember, Ken still holds the world water speed record of 317.58 miles per hour (511.1 kph) which he set back in 1978. ... more
  • It is very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Holland. I had known Bob since 1991 where I met him after being elected to Lake Macquarie Council. Bob had worked. Robert 'Dutchy' Holland loses battle with cancer 17th September 2017 It is very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Holland. I had known Bob since 1991 where I met him after being elected to Lake Macquarie Council. Bob had worked. ... more
  • The bush is alight near my office on Victory Parade at Toronto. It unfortunately appears to have been deliberately lit. Fire brigades are on the scene now and have it contained, but you might want to avoid the area for a while. Bush alight on Victory Parade 15th September 2017 The bush is alight near my office on Victory Parade at Toronto. It unfortunately appears to have been deliberately lit. Fire brigades are on the scene now and have it contained, but you might want to avoid the area for a while. ... more
  • Amid all the debate on the marriage equality postal survey, these words from my nephew Tom put so many things in perspective. He’s a wonderful guy who we all love and support. He’s now in his 30’s and along with his family and friends I’m so proud Putting the marriage debate into some perspective 13th September 2017 Amid all the debate on the marriage equality postal survey, these words from my nephew Tom put so many things in perspective. He’s a wonderful guy who we all love and support. He’s now in his 30’s and along with his family and friends I’m so proud ... more
  • I strongly supported new legislation in the Parliament last week which will require children to be age-appropriately vaccinated before they can be enrolled in a pre-school or childcare centre.
Sadly, there are still some parents who object Rules to change on vaccinations 13th September 2017 I strongly supported new legislation in the Parliament last week which will require children to be age-appropriately vaccinated before they can be enrolled in a pre-school or childcare centre. Sadly, there are still some parents who object ... more