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2021
Some great news for Wyee residents: Hunter Water has informed me that residential landowners will be able to apply for connections to the new sewer system from June 1 Wyee sewer: connections from June 1 27th May 2021
Some great news for Wyee residents: Hunter Water has informed me that residential landowners will be able to apply for connections to the new sewer system from June 1.
There are now 15 cases of community transmission in the latest outbreak in Victoria. At the moment, there are no travel restrictions between States, but if you've been to Covid update - Wednesday 26th May 2021
There are now 15 cases of community transmission in the latest outbreak in Victoria. At the moment, there are no travel restrictions between States, but if you've been to.
Please don't be alarmed if you see a lot of emergency services crews on the lake near Marmong Point tomorrow morning (Tuesday morning) - it's a training drill. Don't panic, it's a training exercise! 24th May 2021
Please don't be alarmed if you see a lot of emergency services crews on the lake near Marmong Point tomorrow morning (Tuesday morning) - it's a training drill..
NSW Health has announced that people aged 40-49 can now register their interest for the Pfizer vaccination at John Hunter Hospital's vaccination hub. Eligible people People 40-49 can now register for Pfizer vax 20th May 2021
NSW Health has announced that people aged 40-49 can now register their interest for the Pfizer vaccination at John Hunter Hospital's vaccination hub. Eligible people.
There will be a small hazard reduction burn at Bolton Point tomorrow (Thursday May 20) so don't be too alarmed if you see a lot of smoke in that area. Fire and Rescue Hazard reduction burn at Bolton Point tomorrow 19th May 2021
There will be a small hazard reduction burn at Bolton Point tomorrow (Thursday May 20) so don't be too alarmed if you see a lot of smoke in that area. Fire and Rescue.
Firstly, there hasn't been any reported case of community transmission in NSW since the somewhat random (and now isolated) case appeared in Sydney's east almost two Covid update - Monday 17th May 2021
Firstly, there hasn't been any reported case of community transmission in NSW since the somewhat random (and now isolated) case appeared in Sydney's east almost two.
Ann-Maria Martin 13th May 2021
Domestic violence is a scourge on our society and unfortunately in Lake Macquarie the rate of domestic violence is higher than the State average. I'd like to acknowledge.
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Gwen Johnston 13th May 2021
Along with many others in the Toronto area, I was saddened by the recent passing of Gwen Johnston of Blackalls Park. Gwen was an extraordinary woman who stood up.
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Ben Jenkinson 12th May 2021
I'd like to offer my congratulations to Benjamin Jenkinson from Rathmines on winning this year's Lake Mac Sports Leader Award. The award acknowledges his outstanding.
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The application window for this year's Community Building Partnership grants closes this Friday. A total pool of $300,000 is again available to the Lake Macquarie Grant applications close this Friday 11th May 2021
The application window for this year's Community Building Partnership grants closes this Friday. A total pool of $300,000 is again available to the Lake Macquarie.
Jonathon Power 11th May 2021
Every now and then an extraordinary person comes along who is determined to make a difference in the lives of people who need it most. Jonathon Power from Cardiff is.
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Toronto Adventist School 11th May 2021
It's important that children grow up to appreciate the value of a dollar, so I was pleased to learn about the entrepreneurial efforts of some budding young green.
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The good news is that the case reported in Sydney last week has still only spread to one household contact. The bad news is that NSW Health still has no idea where or Covid update - Monday 10th May 2021
The good news is that the case reported in Sydney last week has still only spread to one household contact. The bad news is that NSW Health still has no idea where or.
One more case of community transmission has been linked to the case discovered yesterday in Sydney's east. That case is a household contact of the original case. Covid - new restrictions announced 6th May 2021
One more case of community transmission has been linked to the case discovered yesterday in Sydney's east. That case is a household contact of the original case..
Legacy contamination sites - Boolaroo 6th May 2021
My question is directed to the Minister for Energy and Environment. What is the Government doing to ensure that legacy contamination, including coal ash and .
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It was a pleasure to host SRC members from Lake Macquarie High School - Official and student leaders from Morisset High School and their teachers at NSW Parliament Local school leaders visit Parliament 6th May 2021
It was a pleasure to host SRC members from Lake Macquarie High School - Official and student leaders from Morisset High School and their teachers at NSW Parliament.
Civil Liability Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2021 5th May 2021
Similar legislation has already been passed in Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, thereby affording the victims of institutional abuse in.
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A case of community transmission has been confirmed in Sydney's eastern suburbs. It is not known how the man, aged in his 50s, contracted the virus as he has not been Covid - new outbreak in Sydney 5th May 2021
A case of community transmission has been confirmed in Sydney's eastern suburbs. It is not known how the man, aged in his 50s, contracted the virus as he has not been.
Ian Edwards 5th May 2021
I'd like to acknowledge Ian Edwards from Speers Point for his efforts in not only overcoming adversity but making life better for many others. Also known as The Blind .
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Max Mitchell 5th May 2021
I'd like to acknowledge and congratulate Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell on his outstanding 40-year career with the NSW Police Force. Max's retirement was announced.
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Christine Langshaw 4th May 2021
Throughout the ages people have knitted both alone and socially, and I'm pleased to say that one Lake Macquarie woman has used her skill to bring together not only .
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John Benning 4th May 2021
I'd like to acknowledge the passing of a wonderfully community-minded man, John Benning of Toronto. John was just 79 years old when he suddenly passed, leaving.
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Police numbers in NSW and Lake Macquarie 4th May 2021
Given the Government's four-year commitment of $580 million for 1,500 additional police officers prior to the last election, will the Minister update the House on how.
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It's now been 270 days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. No community transmission anywhere in NSW Covid update - Monday 3rd May 2021
It's now been 270 days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. No community transmission anywhere in NSW.
Remember the 'Masketeers' at Rotary Club of Morisset I posted about some time back? Well they're still doing an extraordinary job. As you can see in these photos, Our 'Masketeers' making a difference in PNG 3rd May 2021
Remember the 'Masketeers' at Rotary Club of Morisset I posted about some time back? Well they're still doing an extraordinary job. As you can see in these photos, .
Firstly, just an update on the positive detection collected in sewage at Newcastle's Burwood Beach treatment plant at the weekend. Hunter Health reports that no Covid update - Thursday 29th April 2021
Firstly, just an update on the positive detection collected in sewage at Newcastle's Burwood Beach treatment plant at the weekend. Hunter Health reports that no.
The Costco development at Boolaroo has moved a step closer this morning with construction starting on the new road that will link the centre with Munibung Road. Boolaroo Digger honoured in road naming 28th April 2021
The Costco development at Boolaroo has moved a step closer this morning with construction starting on the new road that will link the centre with Munibung Road..
It's 15 years since keen sailor and cancer survivor Shaun Lewicki ran the first Heaven Can Wait - Charity Sailing Regatta on Lake Macquarie. To date, the annual Sailing regatta raises $33,000 28th April 2021
It's 15 years since keen sailor and cancer survivor Shaun Lewicki ran the first Heaven Can Wait - Charity Sailing Regatta on Lake Macquarie. To date, the annual.
Not all Anzac Day services could go ahead as normal again this year, but at those which did, thousands gathered to greet the dawn and remember those who fought, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and way of life. Communities come together for Anzac Day 25th April 2021
Not all Anzac Day services could go ahead as normal again this year, but at those which did, thousands gathered to greet the dawn and remember those who fought, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and way of life..
Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership grants are now open. A total pool of $300,000 is again available to the Lake Macquarie electorate. CBP 2021 CBP grant applications open 21st April 2021
Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership grants are now open. A total pool of $300,000 is again available to the Lake Macquarie electorate. CBP.
If you thought the mozzies were having an extended holiday at your place this year, you'd be right. The recent big wet combined with a warmer-than-usual April has seen Mozzies are on an unseasonal march 20th April 2021
If you thought the mozzies were having an extended holiday at your place this year, you'd be right. The recent big wet combined with a warmer-than-usual April has seen.
Anzac Day services in the district are again impacted by social distancing restrictions this year, so I've put together this list to show which services are on and which aren't. Anzac Day services - Lake Macquarie 19th April 2021
Anzac Day services in the district are again impacted by social distancing restrictions this year, so I've put together this list to show which services are on and which aren't..
The global death toll from Covid-19 passed 3 million yesterday. It's a stark reminder of how bad things remain overseas and how well protected we've been in Australia. Covid update - Monday 19th April 2021
The global death toll from Covid-19 passed 3 million yesterday. It's a stark reminder of how bad things remain overseas and how well protected we've been in Australia..
It was an honour to be invited to speak at a special presentation in honour of two exceptional Lake Macquarie residents. Gwen Johnston and John Benning were both Honours for two exceptional local residents 17th April 2021
It was an honour to be invited to speak at a special presentation in honour of two exceptional Lake Macquarie residents. Gwen Johnston and John Benning were both.
I dropped in to Teralba Amateur Sailing Club today to see the new motor the club recently purchased with a $10,000 grant from the State Government's Community Sailing club powers up with $10,000 CBP grant 17th April 2021
I dropped in to Teralba Amateur Sailing Club today to see the new motor the club recently purchased with a $10,000 grant from the State Government's Community .
My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklets have arrived and will be distributed to all homes in the electorate from Monday. The booklet includes a list of local Anzac 2021 Anzac booklet being distributed now 16th April 2021
My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklets have arrived and will be distributed to all homes in the electorate from Monday. The booklet includes a list of local Anzac.
It was great talking to Morisset Men's Probus this morning about local and state issues. I always enjoy the opportunity to meet with my constituents and provide Catching up with Morisset Men's Probus Club 14th April 2021
It was great talking to Morisset Men's Probus this morning about local and state issues. I always enjoy the opportunity to meet with my constituents and provide.
Today marks 250 days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. That's an extraordinary effort from the local community, 250 Covid-free days in Lake Macquarie 13th April 2021
Today marks 250 days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. That's an extraordinary effort from the local community,.
The new Police Highway Patrol hub at Morisset is getting the job done. In the first 28 days of operation in the local area, police arrested 20 drivers for DUI, arrested 16 Highway patrol hub is reining in the hoons 13th April 2021
The new Police Highway Patrol hub at Morisset is getting the job done. In the first 28 days of operation in the local area, police arrested 20 drivers for DUI, arrested 16.
Very happy to announce that six local sporting clubs have had funding grants approved in the latest round of the NSW Local Sport Grant Program. They include: Grants for local sporting clubs 12th April 2021
Very happy to announce that six local sporting clubs have had funding grants approved in the latest round of the NSW Local Sport Grant Program. They include: .
NSW Fair Trading and Lake Macquarie Police have warned that fake Dine and Discover vouchers are being traded online. The vouchers are not allowed to be Scam alert: Dine and Discover 8th April 2021
NSW Fair Trading and Lake Macquarie Police have warned that fake Dine and Discover vouchers are being traded online. The vouchers are not allowed to be.
No community transmission in NSW for seven days, and it's now 244 days since the last case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England health district.
Covid update - Wednesday 7th April 2021
No community transmission in NSW for seven days, and it's now 244 days since the last case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England health district. .
I hope you all had a good Easter break. The good news is that things are still tracking along OK on the Covid front. No cases of community transmission in NSW since the
Covid update - Tuesday 6th April 2021
I hope you all had a good Easter break. The good news is that things are still tracking along OK on the Covid front. No cases of community transmission in NSW since the .
Last Easter was very different, so I hope you’re enjoying it with family and friends in the beautiful Covid-free outdoors of Lake Macquarie today! Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter. Happy Covid-free Easter! 4th April 2021
Last Easter was very different, so I hope you’re enjoying it with family and friends in the beautiful Covid-free outdoors of Lake Macquarie today! Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter..
If you're visiting the North Coast over the Easter weekend (even though I'd advise against it), be aware that restrictions are in place in the Byron, Lismore and Ballina Covid update - Thursday 1st April 2021
If you're visiting the North Coast over the Easter weekend (even though I'd advise against it), be aware that restrictions are in place in the Byron, Lismore and Ballina.
Did someone say 'long weekend'? Sounds like a good opportunity to get out and spend your 'Dine and Discover' vouchers in Lake Macquarie! I've updated the list of Updated list: Dine and Discover vouchers 1st April 2021
Did someone say 'long weekend'? Sounds like a good opportunity to get out and spend your 'Dine and Discover' vouchers in Lake Macquarie! I've updated the list of.
Some great news! I’m at Morisset Police Station with Lake Macquarie Police Superintendent Danny Sullivan to announce that nine new highway patrol officers Morisset is home base for new Highway Patrol police cluster 31st March 2021
Some great news! I’m at Morisset Police Station with Lake Macquarie Police Superintendent Danny Sullivan to announce that nine new highway patrol officers.
A big Happy Birthday to the Royal Australian Air Force which turns 100 today. The RAAF has played a massive role in protecting and shaping our country, and of RAAF marks centenary milestone 31st March 2021
A big Happy Birthday to the Royal Australian Air Force which turns 100 today. The RAAF has played a massive role in protecting and shaping our country, and of.
All still good in NSW, not so good in QLD with new health orders issued for anyone who has been in Brisbane or the Byron Bay area recently. If you have been in the Covid update - Tuesday 30th March 2021
All still good in NSW, not so good in QLD with new health orders issued for anyone who has been in Brisbane or the Byron Bay area recently. If you have been in the.
A bit of news to get through today as the situation in Brisbane has worsened. Firstly, all good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 12th day in a row, Covid update - Monday 29th March 2021
A bit of news to get through today as the situation in Brisbane has worsened. Firstly, all good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 12th day in a row,.
Here's a full list of venues in the local area which are accepting your Dine and Discover NSW vouchers. Please remember that your vouchers can now be used on any day of the week, including public holidays, but only at participating businesses Where to use your Dine and Discover vouchers 29th March 2021
Here's a full list of venues in the local area which are accepting your Dine and Discover NSW vouchers. Please remember that your vouchers can now be used on any day of the week, including public holidays, but only at participating businesses.
All good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 11th day in a row, and no cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. That’s not the Covid update - Sunday 28th March 2021
All good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 11th day in a row, and no cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. That’s not the.
A quick Covid update, and my apologies - another very busy week in Parliament and I've neglected the daily updates. Vaccinations are still rolling out although not as Covid update - Friday 26th March 2021
A quick Covid update, and my apologies - another very busy week in Parliament and I've neglected the daily updates. Vaccinations are still rolling out although not as.
Awesome Lake Mac 25th March 2021
I'd like to congratulate the team of volunteers behind Awesome Lake Mac on their outstanding contribution to their community and for winning the 2021 Lake Macquarie.
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George Lopes 25th March 2021
Each year, 870 tonnes of copiers and printers are decommissioned. The majority of their plastics sadly end up in landfill. I'm pleased to say that one Lake Macquarie .
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Over the past two parliamentary sitting weeks I've had the absolute pleasure of hosting school leaders and legal studies students from Great to host student leaders at Parliament 25th March 2021
Over the past two parliamentary sitting weeks I've had the absolute pleasure of hosting school leaders and legal studies students from.
The Premier has today announced that a raft of Covid restrictions will be eased from next Monday, March 29. Among them: No restrictions on dancing, including at weddings Covid restrictions to be eased 24th March 2021
The Premier has today announced that a raft of Covid restrictions will be eased from next Monday, March 29. Among them: No restrictions on dancing, including at weddings.
Lisa Greissl 24th March 2021
Being diagnosed with cancer is something everyone fears, but remains a sad reality for one out of every two Australians. I'd like to acknowledge the excellent work being.
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Melody Jones 24th March 2021
I'd like to congratulate Melody Jones from Coal Point on winning the 2021 Lake Mac Artist and Creator Award. Melody is an exceptionally talented artist. She creates.
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NSW Women of the Year Awards 24th March 2021
Mark Twain famously posed the question: Where would we be without women? Twain answered his own question with, "Scarce, sir. Very scarce." While entirely true, this.
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The Bureau of Meteorology is finally predicting that the rain will start to leave us about 9pm tonight. Finally! A severe weather warning remains in place, however, 1pm flood and weather update 23rd March 2021
The Bureau of Meteorology is finally predicting that the rain will start to leave us about 9pm tonight. Finally! A severe weather warning remains in place, however,.
Local Government Amendment Bill 2021 23rd March 2021
I am fortunate enough to have had local government experience. I spent eight years and five months of my 21 years at Lake Macquarie City Council as the mayor. At the.
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The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rain will continue in the area today and possibly worsen tomorrow. Low-level flooding is occurring in low-lying areas 8am weather and flooding update 22nd March 2021
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rain will continue in the area today and possibly worsen tomorrow. Low-level flooding is occurring in low-lying areas .
The Parliamentary committee which was looking into the costs of remediating coal ash dams has handed down its findings today. Many local people and groups, Coal ash inquiry releases final report 22nd March 2021
The Parliamentary committee which was looking into the costs of remediating coal ash dams has handed down its findings today. Many local people and groups,.
Just a quick Covid update, which I apologise for not getting to over the past few days! As you may have heard, there's been delays in the Federal Government getting Covid update - Monday 22nd March 2021
Just a quick Covid update, which I apologise for not getting to over the past few days! As you may have heard, there's been delays in the Federal Government getting.
Parts of the Hunter have been declared a natural disaster zone. We have some moderate flooding in low-lying areas at the moment, but the Bureau is warning us 3pm weather and flooding update 21st March 2021
Parts of the Hunter have been declared a natural disaster zone. We have some moderate flooding in low-lying areas at the moment, but the Bureau is warning us.
The next wave of heavy rain is expected to reach our district about 7.30pm. The Bureau is advising that we’ll keep getting these waves throughout tomorrow and into
7pm weather and flooding update 21st March 2021
The next wave of heavy rain is expected to reach our district about 7.30pm. The Bureau is advising that we’ll keep getting these waves throughout tomorrow and into .
Lake Macquarie City Council has advised that the following roads have been closed due to water over the road: Wangi Rd, Toronto; Pillapai Road Brightwaters; Weir Rd Flood update: road and school closures 21st March 2021
Lake Macquarie City Council has advised that the following roads have been closed due to water over the road: Wangi Rd, Toronto; Pillapai Road Brightwaters; Weir Rd .
How’s everyone holding up out there? A fair bit of rain still coming in but no major issues for us at the moment. Not the same for some of our neighbours in the valley Trains suspended due to flooding 20th March 2021
How’s everyone holding up out there? A fair bit of rain still coming in but no major issues for us at the moment. Not the same for some of our neighbours in the valley.
Service NSW has confirmed that all vouchers CAN be used 7 days a week except on public holidays. This rule is effective from 9am today (Saturday). The confusion was Vouchers now valid every day of the week 20th March 2021
Service NSW has confirmed that all vouchers CAN be used 7 days a week except on public holidays. This rule is effective from 9am today (Saturday). The confusion was.
Despite the drenching we got yesterday, more severe weather is on the way. Parts of the local area including Toronto and Wangi recorded about 150mm of rain yesterday, 150mm of rain, more to come 19th March 2021
Despite the drenching we got yesterday, more severe weather is on the way. Parts of the local area including Toronto and Wangi recorded about 150mm of rain yesterday,.
Service NSW flicked the switch for us last night so the Dine and Discover NSW vouchers are now available to Lake Macquarie residents. You can download your $100 Dine and Discover vouchers available now 18th March 2021
Service NSW flicked the switch for us last night so the Dine and Discover NSW vouchers are now available to Lake Macquarie residents. You can download your.
Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Coercive Control—Preethi’s Law) Bill 2020 18th March 2021
Firstly, I know there is not a single member in this House who is not extremely concerned about the atrocious and unacceptable rate of domestic violence against.
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Les Fielding 18th March 2021
I'd like to pay tribute to Les Fielding from Toronto who passed away recently and extend my sympathy to his wife Marcia, sons Brian and Michael, daughters-in-law.
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Max Bristow 18th March 2021
For some people, age really is no barrier to accomplishing amazing feats of fitness and strength. 77-year-old Max Baristow of Blackalls Park is one such person. For.
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I'm hearing it's pretty wet at home. I'm down in Sydney as Parliament is sitting and the rain has only just started to come down heavy here. The Bureau has predicted a Wild weather here for a few days 18th March 2021
I'm hearing it's pretty wet at home. I'm down in Sydney as Parliament is sitting and the rain has only just started to come down heavy here. The Bureau has predicted a.
There were a further 3831 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the total so far to 41,444. There has been 191,066 nationally. That number will climb quickly from next Covid update - Wednesday 17th March 2021
There were a further 3831 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the total so far to 41,444. There has been 191,066 nationally. That number will climb quickly from next.
Lake Macquarie residents will soon be able to access their four $25 Dine and Discover vouchers, so if you don't yet have a Service NSW account, or if you have Dining vouchers available soon 17th March 2021
Lake Macquarie residents will soon be able to access their four $25 Dine and Discover vouchers, so if you don't yet have a Service NSW account, or if you have .
Public Accountability Committee 17th March 2021
As Chair: In accordance with its legislative responsibility outlined in section 57 of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983, the Public Accounts Committee resolved at its.
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Avondale High School Captains 16th March 2021
It's always wonderful to see young people accept responsibility and become leaders, whether it's within their immediate friendship group, broader school class or indeed.
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The good news is that there has been no new case linked to that of the hotel quarantine worker in Sydney which was reported two days ago. Just the two new
Covid update - Tuesday 16th March 2021
The good news is that there has been no new case linked to that of the hotel quarantine worker in Sydney which was reported two days ago. Just the two new .
Laurene Mulcahy 16th March 2021
I often wonder how some people find the time to get everything done as they commit their days to going above and beyond, not just for family and friends, but for their.
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As reported yesterday, NSW has recorded its first case of community transmission in almost two months. A security guard from a quarantine hotel in Sydney has been Covid update - Monday 15th March 2021
As reported yesterday, NSW has recorded its first case of community transmission in almost two months. A security guard from a quarantine hotel in Sydney has been.
The State’s run of 55 days with no community transmission has come to an end with a hotel quarantine worker testing positive this morning (not included in the graphic Covid update - Sunday 14th March 2021
The State’s run of 55 days with no community transmission has come to an end with a hotel quarantine worker testing positive this morning (not included in the graphic.
There were 4313 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the State's total so far to 31,313. The vaccination hub at John Hunter Hospital will open on Monday, but only Covid update - Friday 12th March 2021
There were 4313 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the State's total so far to 31,313. The vaccination hub at John Hunter Hospital will open on Monday, but only.
Seven local schools have had facility upgrades approved in the second round of the government's Regional School Renewal Program. This is the program aimed at Seven local schools in line for upgrades 12th March 2021
Seven local schools have had facility upgrades approved in the second round of the government's Regional School Renewal Program. This is the program aimed at.
I still get a lot of questions about NSW taking the lion's share of returned international travellers, and in light of the stupid statements made by some of our Covid update - Thursday 11th March 2021
I still get a lot of questions about NSW taking the lion's share of returned international travellers, and in light of the stupid statements made by some of our.
NSW has received another 100,000 doses of the vaccine so vaccination numbers will start to ramp up quickly. A further 3077 people were vaccinated yesterday, bringing Covid update - Wednesday 10th March 2021
NSW has received another 100,000 doses of the vaccine so vaccination numbers will start to ramp up quickly. A further 3077 people were vaccinated yesterday, bringing.
Many of you know the very talented Saretta Fielding from Toronto, but for those who don't, let me introduce you to the Lake Macquarie Local Woman of the Year! I was so pleased to join Saretta in Sydney this morning for the NSW Women of the Year Saretta is our Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year 10th March 2021
Many of you know the very talented Saretta Fielding from Toronto, but for those who don't, let me introduce you to the Lake Macquarie Local Woman of the Year! I was so pleased to join Saretta in Sydney this morning for the NSW Women of the Year.
More than 89,000 vaccinations have so far been carried out in Australia. Of those, almost 22,000 have been given in NSW. A long way to go but we can expect to see Covid update - Tuesday 9th March 2021
More than 89,000 vaccinations have so far been carried out in Australia. Of those, almost 22,000 have been given in NSW. A long way to go but we can expect to see.
As you know, the Covid vaccine rollout has begun in Australia. It's the largest and most difficult logistics exercise in Australia's public health history, so it's going to take Vaccination update 9th March 2021
As you know, the Covid vaccine rollout has begun in Australia. It's the largest and most difficult logistics exercise in Australia's public health history, so it's going to take.
Well done NSW! That's 50 consecutive days without a case of community transmission. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in the past Covid update - Monday 8th March 2021
Well done NSW! That's 50 consecutive days without a case of community transmission. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in the past.
Here's to all the wonderful women who keep our world going! Where would we be without you? Happy International Women's Day to you all, especially the ones close Happy International Women's Day! 8th March 2021
Here's to all the wonderful women who keep our world going! Where would we be without you? Happy International Women's Day to you all, especially the ones close .
For the 49th consecutive day there were no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. There were 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers Covid update - Sunday 7th March 2021
For the 49th consecutive day there were no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. There were 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers.
All things still good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours - that's 48 consecutive days. There were 3 new cases among Covid update - Saturday 6th March 2021
All things still good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours - that's 48 consecutive days. There were 3 new cases among.
Covid restrictions at public schools to change. The Premier has announced an easing of Covid-related restrictions on public schools. From next Monday, March 8, parents Covid update - Friday 5th March 2021
Covid restrictions at public schools to change. The Premier has announced an easing of Covid-related restrictions on public schools. From next Monday, March 8, parents.
The news remains good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 46th day in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned overseas Covid update - Thursday 4th March 2021
The news remains good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 46th day in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned overseas.
RSVP date extended. Limited spaces are still available for anyone would like attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting with special guest speaker Gareth Ward Places still available for Zoom meeting with Minister 4th March 2021
RSVP date extended. Limited spaces are still available for anyone would like attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting with special guest speaker Gareth Ward.
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 45th day in a row. There were 6 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in the past 24 Covid update - Wednesday 3rd March 2021
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 45th day in a row. There were 6 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in the past 24.
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 44th day in a row. There were 3 new cases among the returned overseas travellers. The Hunter Region Covid update - Tuesday 2nd March 2021
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 44th day in a row. There were 3 new cases among the returned overseas travellers. The Hunter Region.
Morisset Showground has been a major part of our local community since 1936, but its future use and management are now being reviewed by Lake Macquarie City Morisset Showground's future under the spotlight 2nd March 2021
Morisset Showground has been a major part of our local community since 1936, but its future use and management are now being reviewed by Lake Macquarie City.
The vaccination rollout is going well so far (more than 10,000 health workers and quarantine staff vaccinated in NSW already), but I'm disappointed that frontline Covid update - Monday 1st March 2021
The vaccination rollout is going well so far (more than 10,000 health workers and quarantine staff vaccinated in NSW already), but I'm disappointed that frontline.
Lake Macquarie City Council now has its draft plans for the Toronto waterfront on public exhibition without, I'm pleased to say, any six-storey buildings on the Have your say on Toronto waterfront plan 1st March 2021
Lake Macquarie City Council now has its draft plans for the Toronto waterfront on public exhibition without, I'm pleased to say, any six-storey buildings on the.
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, that's 42 consecutive days. There were 5 new cases among the returned overseas
Covid update - Sunday 28th February 2021
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, that's 42 consecutive days. There were 5 new cases among the returned overseas .
$4.95m to fix dangerous Cooranbong intersection 27th February 2021
A troublesome Cooranbong intersection that has been a source of frustration for residents, politicians and a developer for many years will be upgraded through a.
Website: Read original story here
Call for action on coal ash at Lake meeting 27th February 2021
A public meeting is being held this afternoon on the shores of Lake Macquarie, near two major power stations, to highlight the issue of coal ash dams, and to intensify.
Website: Read original story here
Community awareness of the need to take action on the massive amount of coal ash that has been and is being produced from our power stations is Community meeting raises concern over coal ash 27th February 2021
Community awareness of the need to take action on the massive amount of coal ash that has been and is being produced from our power stations is .
The good news rolls on (touch wood!) - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, and that's the 40th day in a row. There Covid update - Friday 26th February 2021
The good news rolls on (touch wood!) - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, and that's the 40th day in a row. There.
We're finally going to see a significant upgrade and traffic lights at the intersection of Alton Rd, Freemans Drive and Central Road at Cooranbong. The State Government $4.95m to fix Cooranbong intersection 25th February 2021
We're finally going to see a significant upgrade and traffic lights at the intersection of Alton Rd, Freemans Drive and Central Road at Cooranbong. The State Government.
A further easing of restrictions will take place at midnight tonight, meaning we're not far off getting back to life as it was pre-Covid. A summary of those changes is in the Covid update - Thursday 25th February 2021
A further easing of restrictions will take place at midnight tonight, meaning we're not far off getting back to life as it was pre-Covid. A summary of those changes is in the.
NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 38 days in a row. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas Covid update - Wednesday 24th February 2021
NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 38 days in a row. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas.
It was wonderful to visit the Heritage College Lake Macquarie today and speak with Legal Studies and Commerce Class students. I'm always impressed Great to visit Heritage College 24th February 2021
It was wonderful to visit the Heritage College Lake Macquarie today and speak with Legal Studies and Commerce Class students. I'm always impressed.
Very happy to announce that we've been able to secure $1.71m in State funding which will allow Lake Macquarie City Council to replace the bridge on Wilton $1.7m for new bridge at Awaba 23rd February 2021
Very happy to announce that we've been able to secure $1.71m in State funding which will allow Lake Macquarie City Council to replace the bridge on Wilton.
NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 37 days in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned Covid update - Tuesday 23rd February 2021
NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 37 days in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned.
I’m pleased to invite you to attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting. Our special guest speaker will be Gareth Ward, Minister for Families, You're invited to meet the Minister 23rd February 2021
I’m pleased to invite you to attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting. Our special guest speaker will be Gareth Ward, Minister for Families, .
Today marks 200 days since Hunter New England Health district recorded a locally-acquired case of Covid-19. Our last case was on August 6 last year. Given 200 days Covid-free for Lake Macquarie 22nd February 2021
Today marks 200 days since Hunter New England Health district recorded a locally-acquired case of Covid-19. Our last case was on August 6 last year. Given.
As I posted earlier, today marks 200 days since the last locally-acquired case in the Hunter-New England Health district. What an effort! Today also marks the start of Covid update - Monday 22nd February 2021
As I posted earlier, today marks 200 days since the last locally-acquired case in the Hunter-New England Health district. What an effort! Today also marks the start of.
I have to say, I've never been more excited about a sewer project in my life! Happy to report that connections to the new sewer network at Wyee are still on track to start Wyee sewer connection update 22nd February 2021
I have to say, I've never been more excited about a sewer project in my life! Happy to report that connections to the new sewer network at Wyee are still on track to start.
It’s a pretty big day in our fight to keep Covid-19 at bay with the first vaccinations in Australia starting today. NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission Covid update - Sunday 21st February 2021
It’s a pretty big day in our fight to keep Covid-19 at bay with the first vaccinations in Australia starting today. NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission.
The good news is that despite me being placed in Facebook exile for a few days, NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission over that period. Covid update - Saturday 20th February 2021
The good news is that despite me being placed in Facebook exile for a few days, NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission over that period..
After a brief involuntary break from Facebook, my Page is back! The stoush between the Government and Facebook has been quite extraordinary and I hope that it is Page is back from Facebook exile! 20th February 2021
After a brief involuntary break from Facebook, my Page is back! The stoush between the Government and Facebook has been quite extraordinary and I hope that it is.
I believe my Facebook page has been impacted by the changes being rolled out today by Facebook and that most people are unable to access it. Who knew that I Facebook page is down temporarily 18th February 2021
I believe my Facebook page has been impacted by the changes being rolled out today by Facebook and that most people are unable to access it. Who knew that I.
Independents reject Kosciuszko powerlines 18th February 2021
The NSW Parliament's four key Independents have urged the state government to reject Transgrid's plans to build overhead transmission lines through Kosciuszko.
Website: Read original story here
Newcastle organisations caught up in Facebook ban in response to Federal Government's proposed media bargaining code 18th February 2021
Numerous Hunter organisations including City of Newcastle and the University of Newcastle have been caught up in a decision by Facebook to restrict publishers from.
Website: Read original story here
Peter Bousles 18th February 2021
I'd like to acknowledge a man who has personally been responsible for making sure countless Lake Macquarie residents are dressed to impress with clean and perfectly.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Tracy Thomas 18th February 2021
I'd like to acknowledge the accomplishments of internationally acclaimed artist Tracy Thomas from Fishing Point. Tracy's art adorns walls all over the world. Most notably.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
A lot has been said recently, mainly by the Victorian and QLD Premiers, about our quarantine system in NSW and our position on border closures. A lot of it is just Covid update - Wednesday 17th February 2021
A lot has been said recently, mainly by the Victorian and QLD Premiers, about our quarantine system in NSW and our position on border closures. A lot of it is just.
Eraring Power Station's energy storage battery 17th February 2021
A little over a month ago, Origin Energy announced plans to build an energy storage battery at Eraring Power Station in my electorate. This battery will be able to store.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
NSW Independents move to save Kosciuszko from 'power towers' 17th February 2021
The NSW Parliament’s four key Independents have urged the State Government to reject Transgrid’s plans to build overhead transmission lines through Kosciuszko.
Shark attack heroes acknowledged 17th February 2021
In times of crisis, it's the actions of ordinary people who often make the difference between life and death. I'd like to acknowledge the heroic efforts of the residents of.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Tribute to Saretta Fielding 17th February 2021
I'd like to acknowledge the outstanding talent of nationally acclaimed and multi award-winning artist Saretta Fielding from Toronto. Saretta is an Aboriginal woman .
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
‘Permanent stain’: NSW seeks to allow new powerline in Kosciuszko park 17th February 2021
The Berejiklian government wants to amend the management plan of the Kosciuszko National Park to permit new electricity transmission lines to be built, an act critics.
Website: Read original story here
In some encouraging news, the number of Covid cases recorded globally has been dropping significantly in recent weeks. Case numbers reached over 850,000 a day Covid update - Tuesday 16th February 2021
In some encouraging news, the number of Covid cases recorded globally has been dropping significantly in recent weeks. Case numbers reached over 850,000 a day.
Morisset High School Captains 16th February 2021
I'd like to congratulate four outstanding students from Morisset High School who have been elected as the school's 2021 Captains and Vice-Captains. Bryce Webber and .
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Question Time: Coal ash dams 16th February 2021
With understandable increasing community concern about the massive and growing stockpiles of coal ash from thermal power station, what is the Government doing to.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Drink and Drug Driving Offence) Bill 2021 16th February 2021
It is a great shame to debate the Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Drink and Drug Driving Offence) Bill 2021 in response to such a tragedy in our community. It is.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Tribute to Charlton Christian College 16th February 2021
I'd like to congratulate the 10 Charlton Christian College students who have been selected to form the school's 2021 leadership team. Harrison Allwood, Anthony .
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Lots of zeroes which is a great way to start the week - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 29 consecutive days, and no new cases Covid update - Monday 15th February 2021
Lots of zeroes which is a great way to start the week - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 29 consecutive days, and no new cases.
A new record for NSW today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 28 consecutive days. Just 2 new cases among the returned overseas Covid update - Sunday 14th February 2021
A new record for NSW today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 28 consecutive days. Just 2 new cases among the returned overseas.
Just a reminder to all local sporting clubs that applications are open for the second round of Regional Sport Facility Grants. Applications close on February 26. Grants Apply now for Sport Facility Grants 13th February 2021
Just a reminder to all local sporting clubs that applications are open for the second round of Regional Sport Facility Grants. Applications close on February 26. Grants.
No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 27th consecutive day, and just 2 new cases have emerged among the returned overseas Covid update - Saturday 13th February 2021
No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 27th consecutive day, and just 2 new cases have emerged among the returned overseas.
UPDATE: Victoria will enter a 5-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight. No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 26th consecutive day, Covid update - Friday 12th February 2021
UPDATE: Victoria will enter a 5-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight. No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 26th consecutive day,.
Have you recently returned to Lake Macquarie from Victoria? NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard will shortly issue a directive which will require anyone who has recently Have you recently returned from Victoria? 12th February 2021
Have you recently returned to Lake Macquarie from Victoria? NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard will shortly issue a directive which will require anyone who has recently.
In good news, there's been no new case of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 25th consecutive day, and just 3 new cases have emerged Covid update - Thursday 11th February 2021
In good news, there's been no new case of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 25th consecutive day, and just 3 new cases have emerged.
The Government has today introduced new legislation to Parliament which will be known as the Four Angels Law. It follows the horrific incident in Sydney's west last A small bit of good comes from road tragedy 10th February 2021
The Government has today introduced new legislation to Parliament which will be known as the Four Angels Law. It follows the horrific incident in Sydney's west last.
The Premier has today announced a further easing of restrictions. From Friday, venues such as cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs, retail outlets etc will be allowed Covid update - Wednesday 10th February 2021
The Premier has today announced a further easing of restrictions. From Friday, venues such as cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs, retail outlets etc will be allowed.
Nico Marcar and Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance 10th February 2021
I'd like to acknowledge the hard work of the volunteers behind Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance based at Toronto, and in particular Nico Marcar.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Tribute to Victoria Ellis and Brandon Joynson 10th February 2021
It's always wonderful to see young people accept responsibility and become leaders, whether it's within their immediate friendship group, broader school class or their.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
23 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter Covid update - Tuesday 9th February 2021
23 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter.
Social housing in Lake Macquarie 9th February 2021
In a positive start to the year, last month at Cardiff I was joined by the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, the Hon. Gareth Ward, to officially.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Tribute to Beverly Cowdroy 9th February 2021
I'm honoured to acknowledge the efforts of a wonderful woman from Kilaben Bay who has devoted more than 45 years of her life to volunteering in the community, while at.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Tribute to Horace 'Taffy' Davies 9th February 2021
I'd like to acknowledge the passing of Horace 'Taffy' Davies from Bonnells Bay who was just months away from his 100th birthday. Taffy was a truly wonderful man who.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 22nd consecutive day, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine Covid update - Monday 8th February 2021
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 22nd consecutive day, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine.
21 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW and just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter Covid update - Sunday 7th February 2021
21 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW and just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter.
20 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter- Covid update - Saturday 6th February 2021
20 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter-.
A whole heap of beautiful zeroes today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 19th consecutive day, and no new cases among the Covid update - Friday 5th February 2021
A whole heap of beautiful zeroes today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 19th consecutive day, and no new cases among the.
Lake Macquarie Police have recovered a large amount of bikes, power tools, fishing equipment and other items allegedly stolen from homes and cars in the Bolton Point Police recover goods stolen from Bolton Point area 5th February 2021
Lake Macquarie Police have recovered a large amount of bikes, power tools, fishing equipment and other items allegedly stolen from homes and cars in the Bolton Point.
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 18th consecutive day. There's been a fair bit of media about a new case in Victoria yesterday and one Covid update - Thursday 4th February 2021
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 18th consecutive day. There's been a fair bit of media about a new case in Victoria yesterday and one.
We have an amazing lake environment but we also know that our natural environment is fragile and needs to be protected. It was great to have Local Government State grant for projects at Dora Creek and Wyee Bay 4th February 2021
We have an amazing lake environment but we also know that our natural environment is fragile and needs to be protected. It was great to have Local Government.
State grants for floodplain rehab at Dora Creek and Wyee Bay 4th February 2021
Sand dunes at Redhead and Crabbs Beach are set for improvements after Lake Macquarie City Council was awarded more than $400,000 for coastline and estuary.
Website: Read original story here
17 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Testing numbers were also up over the past day so that's good news as well. The Hunter- Covid update - Wednesday 3rd February 2021
17 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Testing numbers were also up over the past day so that's good news as well. The Hunter-.
Was thinking about pausing the daily updates but I'm worried that might jinx our good run! No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 16th Covid update - Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Was thinking about pausing the daily updates but I'm worried that might jinx our good run! No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 16th.
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 15th consecutive day. There has been, as you may have heard, a new case in Western Australia and Covid update - Monday 1st February 2021
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 15th consecutive day. There has been, as you may have heard, a new case in Western Australia and.
Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill gains momentum 1st February 2021
Organisers behind the Newcastle Dying with Dignity campaign at the weekend were thrilled with the level of support throughout the region. The local blitz, organised by.
Website: Read original story here
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW or Australia for the 14th consecutive day. As you may have heard, that’s the longest stretch in Australia since Covid update - Sunday 31st January 2021
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW or Australia for the 14th consecutive day. As you may have heard, that’s the longest stretch in Australia since .
Happy to report that the good run continues: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 13th consecutive day. A reminder also that the Covid update - Saturday 30th January 2021
Happy to report that the good run continues: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 13th consecutive day. A reminder also that the .
I was pleased to meet dedicated volunteers of Dying with Dignity NSW at Morisset this morning as they gather signatures to drive home the message that Australians I support Dying With Dignity 30th January 2021
I was pleased to meet dedicated volunteers of Dying with Dignity NSW at Morisset this morning as they gather signatures to drive home the message that Australians.
The good news continues today: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 12th consecutive day. That's not simply about luck, it's about good Covid update - Friday 29th January 2021
The good news continues today: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 12th consecutive day. That's not simply about luck, it's about good.
11 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The QLD border will reopen to all NSW residents on Monday. No quarantining required by
Covid update - Thursday 28th January 2021
11 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The QLD border will reopen to all NSW residents on Monday. No quarantining required by .
The Premier has announced some changes to Covid restrictions. These changes apply only to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong - any current Changes to Covid restrictions announced 27th January 2021
The Premier has announced some changes to Covid restrictions. These changes apply only to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong - any current.
10 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Premier has flagged that an easing of restrictions will be discussed with health Covid update - Wednesday 27th January 2021
10 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Premier has flagged that an easing of restrictions will be discussed with health.
Do you know a local woman who is deserving of recognition for their service or contribution to the community? Then please nominate them for the NSW Women of Nominate your Woman of the Year 27th January 2021
Do you know a local woman who is deserving of recognition for their service or contribution to the community? Then please nominate them for the NSW Women of.
Another day of no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. That’s 9 consecutive days.The number of recorded cases worldwide hit 100 million overnight, Covid update - Tuesday 26th January 2021
Another day of no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. That’s 9 consecutive days.The number of recorded cases worldwide hit 100 million overnight,.
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 8th consecutive day. Today also marks one year since the first case of Covid-19 was diagnosed in Covid update - Monday 25th January 2021
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 8th consecutive day. Today also marks one year since the first case of Covid-19 was diagnosed in.
For the 7th consecutive day, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 170 days without a locally- Covid update - Sunday 24th January 2021
For the 7th consecutive day, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 170 days without a locally-.
An update on the Lake Macquarie shark attack which occurred late yesterday: the man was swimming at Yarrawonga Park about 6.30pm when he was bitten on the Shark attack at Yarrawonga Park 24th January 2021
An update on the Lake Macquarie shark attack which occurred late yesterday: the man was swimming at Yarrawonga Park about 6.30pm when he was bitten on the.
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the sixth day in a row. In fact, there has been no community transmission anywhere In Australia over Covid update - Saturday 23rd January 2021
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the sixth day in a row. In fact, there has been no community transmission anywhere In Australia over.
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the fifth day in a row. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 168 days without a locally-acquired Covid update - Friday 22nd January 2021
No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the fifth day in a row. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 168 days without a locally-acquired.
We've got a warm few days ahead, so if you need an excuse to forget about mowing the lawns this weekend, this is it. The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting temps to NSW Health issues heatwave warning 22nd January 2021
We've got a warm few days ahead, so if you need an excuse to forget about mowing the lawns this weekend, this is it. The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting temps to.
Four days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 167 days without a locally-acquired case. Covid update - Thursday 21st January 2021
Four days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 167 days without a locally-acquired case..
Some better news today. NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW for the third consecutive day, and testing numbers are up. Further to my comments about Covid update - Wednesday 20th January 2021
Some better news today. NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW for the third consecutive day, and testing numbers are up. Further to my comments about.
Mobile speed camera vehicles to lose high-visibility decals 20th January 2021
All mobile speed camera vehicles in NSW will soon have their high-visibility decals either entirely removed or reduced as part of changes which include tripling the.
Website: Read original story here
The State Government announced last year that it will issue every NSW resident aged over 18 with four $25 vouchers as part of its Covid economic stimulus package. Update: Your $100 Dine and Discover NSW vouchers 20th January 2021
The State Government announced last year that it will issue every NSW resident aged over 18 with four $25 vouchers as part of its Covid economic stimulus package..
For the second day running, there were NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but testing numbers are still down and remain a Covid update - Tuesday 19th January 2021
For the second day running, there were NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but testing numbers are still down and remain a.
There's high demand for social housing in Lake Macquarie and today I was pleased to join Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward at the New social housing opens at Cardiff 19th January 2021
There's high demand for social housing in Lake Macquarie and today I was pleased to join Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward at the.
Applications for this year's Regional Seniors Travel Card open today, January 18. You are eligible for the $250 card if you live in Lake Macquarie and meet any of this Apply now for Regional Seniors Travel Card 18th January 2021
Applications for this year's Regional Seniors Travel Card open today, January 18. You are eligible for the $250 card if you live in Lake Macquarie and meet any of this.
There were no new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but NSW Health has expressed a growing concern about another drop in testing Covid update - Monday 18th January 2021
There were no new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but NSW Health has expressed a growing concern about another drop in testing.
A bit of a step backwards today. There were 6 new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but all are close contacts of the single case in Covid update - Sunday 17th January 2021
A bit of a step backwards today. There were 6 new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but all are close contacts of the single case in.
Just the 1 new case of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but 11 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. The 1
Covid update - Saturday 16th January 2021
Just the 1 new case of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but 11 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. The 1 .
Happy that this has been resolved quickly. Just grateful the problem came to light before an incident triggered it. Hunters and mountain bikers are certainly not a Hunting ban a relief for mountainbikers 16th January 2021
Happy that this has been resolved quickly. Just grateful the problem came to light before an incident triggered it. Hunters and mountain bikers are certainly not a.
Saddened to learn that Taffy Davies has passed away at Bonnells Bay, not far off his 100th birthday. He was a tremendous bloke who had a fascinating life and a wicked Bay loses a wonderful character in Taffy Davies 15th January 2021
Saddened to learn that Taffy Davies has passed away at Bonnells Bay, not far off his 100th birthday. He was a tremendous bloke who had a fascinating life and a wicked.
A very sad milestone was reached this morning when the global death toll passed two million. The situations in the UK, the US and Europe are horrendous and will Covid update - Friday 15th January 2021
A very sad milestone was reached this morning when the global death toll passed two million. The situations in the UK, the US and Europe are horrendous and will.
Forestry maps put mountain bikers at odds with hunters 15th January 2021
Members of the Hunter Mountain Bike Association have been shocked to discover that a part of their popular riding park in western Lake Macquarie is marked on maps.
Website: Read original story here
Forestry moves quickly to stop hunting near mountain bike park 15th January 2021
Forestry Corporation of NSW has quickly moved to prohibit hunting around a popular trail at the Awaba Mountain Bike Park, after riders were alarmed to discover the.
Website: Read original story here
The good news today is that there's been zero new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the 24 hours to 8pm. Hopefully that trend continues. There Covid update - Thursday 14th January 2021
The good news today is that there's been zero new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the 24 hours to 8pm. Hopefully that trend continues. There.
For the first time since the Northern Beaches outbreak began in mid-December, active case numbers in NSW have started to decline, falling by 9 yesterday to 191. Covid update - Wednesday 13th January 2021
For the first time since the Northern Beaches outbreak began in mid-December, active case numbers in NSW have started to decline, falling by 9 yesterday to 191..
I still have plenty of free copies of the 2021 Seniors Card Directory and the 2021 Legal Aid Diary for Seniors available in my office. Both are really handy publications. Free copies of seniors' diaries available 13th January 2021
I still have plenty of free copies of the 2021 Seniors Card Directory and the 2021 Legal Aid Diary for Seniors available in my office. Both are really handy publications..
Origin Energy has today announced that it is moving ahead with plans to install a 700-megawatt battery at Eraring Power Station. This would be the biggest of its Big news for Eraring power station 12th January 2021
Origin Energy has today announced that it is moving ahead with plans to install a 700-megawatt battery at Eraring Power Station. This would be the biggest of its.
There were 5 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. Of those, two are in the Mt Druitt area in western Sydney and the source is Covid update - Tuesday 12th January 2021
There were 5 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. Of those, two are in the Mt Druitt area in western Sydney and the source is.
The good news is that the Sydney clusters remain under control and the local area remains Covid-free. Just 3 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the Covid update - Monday 11th January 2021
The good news is that the Sydney clusters remain under control and the local area remains Covid-free. Just 3 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the.
Just the 1 new case of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, showing that things remain under control. That case is linked to the Berala cluster. Covid update - Sunday 10th January 2021
Just the 1 new case of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, showing that things remain under control. That case is linked to the Berala cluster..
Just the 1 new case of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, showing that things remain under control. That case is linked to the Berala cluster. Covid update - Saturday 9th January 2021
Just the 1 new case of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, showing that things remain under control. That case is linked to the Berala cluster..
There were 4 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. Two are linked to the Berala cluster, one to the Croydon cluster and one on the Covid update - Friday 8th January 2021
There were 4 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. Two are linked to the Berala cluster, one to the Croydon cluster and one on the.
Restrictions for A-League games, starting with the Jets game in Newcastle tonight. This is the statement issued by NSW Health: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 Fans from hotspots banned from soccer 8th January 2021
Restrictions for A-League games, starting with the Jets game in Newcastle tonight. This is the statement issued by NSW Health: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
There was no community transmission anywhere in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. There were 6 new cases among the returned overseas travellers, however, and they have Covid update - Thursday 7th January 2021
There was no community transmission anywhere in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. There were 6 new cases among the returned overseas travellers, however, and they have.
There were four new cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to 8pm, and all are in Sydney. Of those, three are linked to Sydney clusters although one of the three Covid update - Wednesday 6th January 2021
There were four new cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to 8pm, and all are in Sydney. Of those, three are linked to Sydney clusters although one of the three.
Official advice from Venues NSW re Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers game this Friday. McDonald Jones Stadium has established rigorous COVID Safety Plan Further crowd restrictions at soccer 6th January 2021
Official advice from Venues NSW re Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers game this Friday. McDonald Jones Stadium has established rigorous COVID Safety Plan.
I've been asked numerous times about the upcoming A-League match at McDonald Jones Stadium and the risk of people coming to the Hunter for the match from identified Restrictions for Jets' A-League match 6th January 2021
I've been asked numerous times about the upcoming A-League match at McDonald Jones Stadium and the risk of people coming to the Hunter for the match from identified.
There were four new cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to 8pm, and all are in Sydney. There were also 4 new cases among the returned overseas travellers Covid update - Tuesday 5th January 2021
There were four new cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to 8pm, and all are in Sydney. There were also 4 new cases among the returned overseas travellers.
ZERO COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION! There has been zero community transmission anywhere in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm which is great news, however NSW Health Covid update - Monday 4th January 2021
ZERO COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION! There has been zero community transmission anywhere in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm which is great news, however NSW Health.
There were 8 new cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, and 3 among the returned overseas travellers. All of the new cases are linked to the clusters in Sydney. Locally, Covid update - Sunday 3rd January 2021
There were 8 new cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, and 3 among the returned overseas travellers. All of the new cases are linked to the clusters in Sydney. Locally,.
From today, wearing a mask is mandatory if you’re visiting supermarkets or shopping centres, indoor theatres or entertainment venues, places of worship, casinos or gaming Masks now mandatory on Central Coast and Sydney 3rd January 2021
From today, wearing a mask is mandatory if you’re visiting supermarkets or shopping centres, indoor theatres or entertainment venues, places of worship, casinos or gaming.
There were 3 new cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, and 2 among the returned overseas travellers. Each of the three new cases was recorded in Western Sydney but Covid update - Friday 1st January 2021
There were 3 new cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, and 2 among the returned overseas travellers. Each of the three new cases was recorded in Western Sydney but.
2020
So we managed to find a way through 2020 pretty well, didn’t we? Surely we can stop for a minute and celebrate that! We have some challenges ahead, but we’ll get through Play it safe on New Year's Eve 31st December 2020
So we managed to find a way through 2020 pretty well, didn’t we? Surely we can stop for a minute and celebrate that! We have some challenges ahead, but we’ll get through.
The 2021 Legal Aid diary for seniors is out now and I have plenty of free copies available for those who want one. The Legal Aid diary is full of handy information for 2021 Legal Aid for Seniors diary available 21st December 2020
The 2021 Legal Aid diary for seniors is out now and I have plenty of free copies available for those who want one. The Legal Aid diary is full of handy information for.
I was joined by Minister for the Arts Don Harwin today to mark the start of construction of the new Multi-Arts Pavilion in Speers Point Park. The NSW Govt has Work to start on new arts hub 18th December 2020
I was joined by Minister for the Arts Don Harwin today to mark the start of construction of the new Multi-Arts Pavilion in Speers Point Park. The NSW Govt has.
Not good news, I'm afraid. NSW Health has advised that Sydney's Northern Beaches cluster has grown to 17 this afternoon. If you have visited that area Public health alert 17th December 2020
Not good news, I'm afraid. NSW Health has advised that Sydney's Northern Beaches cluster has grown to 17 this afternoon. If you have visited that area.
My office has had quite a few inquiries about the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card for 2021. Yes, eligible people living in my Lake Macquarie electorate ARE entitled to More details on 2021 Regional Seniors Travel Card 16th December 2020
My office has had quite a few inquiries about the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card for 2021. Yes, eligible people living in my Lake Macquarie electorate ARE entitled to .
This morning I had the pleasure of presenting Penny and Rob Furner from Kilaben Bay with a Community Service Award. For over a decade, the Furners have devoted Rob and Penny Furner honoured for their community service 16th December 2020
This morning I had the pleasure of presenting Penny and Rob Furner from Kilaben Bay with a Community Service Award. For over a decade, the Furners have devoted.
The 2021 SENIORS CARD DIRECTORY is out now and I have plenty of free copies available in my Toronto electorate office. If you're passing, call in and pick one up for 2021 Seniors Card Directory now available 15th December 2020
The 2021 SENIORS CARD DIRECTORY is out now and I have plenty of free copies available in my Toronto electorate office. If you're passing, call in and pick one up for.
A few changes to the Covid restrictions start today and they should make the end-of-year Christmas parties a bit merrier! Details are in the pics below, but please bear in 50 people allowed in a private home 14th December 2020
A few changes to the Covid restrictions start today and they should make the end-of-year Christmas parties a bit merrier! Details are in the pics below, but please bear in.
What an extraordinary story! 2020 continues to get weirder! Looks like a tawny frogmouth to me, but nevertheless, the story's a hoot! Lake Macquarie Police had this Driver hit by low-flying tawny frogmouth 13th December 2020
What an extraordinary story! 2020 continues to get weirder! Looks like a tawny frogmouth to me, but nevertheless, the story's a hoot! Lake Macquarie Police had this.
Piper pushes plan for Lake aerial firefighting fleet 12th December 2020
A Lake Macquarie aviation business hopes to convert 11 ex-Navy Seahawk helicopters into a retained firefighting fleet that would be based out of Lake Macquarie.
Website: Read original story here
Traffic in spotlight for planned Fennell Bay estate 11th December 2020
Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper and west ward councillors have welcomed the NSW government's plans for a 650-lot subdivision in Fennell Bay but expressed concerns.
Website: Read original story here
I’m hosting Deputy Premier John Barilaro in Lake Macquarie this morning to show him how our area could provide this State and others with an effective, reliable and Dep Premier inspects possible solution to State's aerial firefighting needs 8th December 2020
I’m hosting Deputy Premier John Barilaro in Lake Macquarie this morning to show him how our area could provide this State and others with an effective, reliable and .
The Regional Planning Panel has approved the $49m plans for Costco to establish its retail warehouse and fuel station on the former Pasminco site near Boolaroo.
Costco Lake Macquarie approved 4th December 2020
The Regional Planning Panel has approved the $49m plans for Costco to establish its retail warehouse and fuel station on the former Pasminco site near Boolaroo. .
The NSW Electoral Commission is in the process of reviewing boundaries for State electorates. The current plan shows that Cardiff South would be moved out of my Proposed boundary shift, Cardiff South 4th December 2020
The NSW Electoral Commission is in the process of reviewing boundaries for State electorates. The current plan shows that Cardiff South would be moved out of my.
CHANGES TO COVID RESTRICTIONS: A raft of changes to the current restrictions have been announced today and are effective from next Monday. Here's a summary Changes to Covid restrictions announced 2nd December 2020
CHANGES TO COVID RESTRICTIONS: A raft of changes to the current restrictions have been announced today and are effective from next Monday. Here's a summary.
The new playground at Morisset's Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park is now open. It features an upper activity area for younger kids and a lower area for older kids, as New Morisset playground now open 2nd December 2020
The new playground at Morisset's Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park is now open. It features an upper activity area for younger kids and a lower area for older kids, as.
Lovely to be out at Coal Point this morning for Lake Macquarie Landcare's annual awards. All of these people deserve awards but the group likes to honour some of its Top honours for our Landcarers 2nd December 2020
Lovely to be out at Coal Point this morning for Lake Macquarie Landcare's annual awards. All of these people deserve awards but the group likes to honour some of its.
$300,000 for Lake Macquarie community projects 1st December 2020
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has today announced that 18 community, sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been.
Lake Macquarie council has released its new masterplan for the Toronto foreshore and I'm very happy to see that the two six-storey buildings planned for Bath St near Council releases new plan for Toronto waterfront 1st December 2020
Lake Macquarie council has released its new masterplan for the Toronto foreshore and I'm very happy to see that the two six-storey buildings planned for Bath St near.
Eighteen community, sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded grants to improve or upgrade their facilities and Funding win for 18 local projects 1st December 2020
Eighteen community, sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded grants to improve or upgrade their facilities and .
The new air quality monitor for SW Lake Macquarie (at Mirrabooka) is now fully operational. Local air quality readings are updated every hour and are available Air quality monitor up and running 30th November 2020
The new air quality monitor for SW Lake Macquarie (at Mirrabooka) is now fully operational. Local air quality readings are updated every hour and are available.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting that temperatures on the western side of Lake Macquarie will hit 37 tomorrow and 43 on Sunday as a heatwave stretches We're in for a scorching weekend 28th November 2020
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting that temperatures on the western side of Lake Macquarie will hit 37 tomorrow and 43 on Sunday as a heatwave stretches.
Some great news to end the week on! Happy to report that we've secured more than $1.2m for four local projects under the Resources for Regions program. The State $1.2m for four local projects 27th November 2020
Some great news to end the week on! Happy to report that we've secured more than $1.2m for four local projects under the Resources for Regions program. The State.
Appropriation (Parliament) Bill 2020 27th November 2020
I advise the House that I have communicated with my Independent colleagues, the member for Sydney and the member for Wagga Wagga, and they concur with the.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Lake air quality monitor to open 25th November 2020
Lake Macquarie finally has an independent air quality monitoring station. The NSW government has built the $320,000 facility at Mirrabooka, on the lake's south-western.
Website: Read original story here
New air quality monitor for Lake Macquarie 25th November 2020
Residents of Lake Macquarie will soon have access to local air quality information following the installation of a new $320,000 air quality monitoring station.Environment .
Having called for years for the state to provide an independent air quality monitor in Lake Macquarie, it’s now close to completion. The location on the hill at Mirrabooka Air quality monitor almost ready to go 23rd November 2020
Having called for years for the state to provide an independent air quality monitor in Lake Macquarie, it’s now close to completion. The location on the hill at Mirrabooka.
Peninsula Rural Fire Service 19th November 2020
I'd like to acknowledge the super-human efforts displayed by Peninsula Rural Fire Brigade during the 2019 – 2020 bushfire season. The brigade's 43 members did not.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Victoria Ellis and Brandon Joynson 19th November 2020
I'd like to congratulate Toronto High School's Victoria Ellis and Brandon Joynson on their recent election as the school's 2021 School Captains. Victoria is widely .
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Drug Supply Prohibition Order Pilot Scheme Bill 2020 18th November 2020
The bill contains a number of elements of significant concern. Most importantly, I have great concerns about the bill as it relates to juveniles or offences committed as.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill 2020 17th November 2020
The unity ticket on the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill 2020 has just had a slight blip. Despite the resounding kicking that the member for Upper Hunter has just.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
While this year’s State Budget reflects a solid response to the economic challenges caused by the Covid pandemic, it’s extremely disappointing that the Government and No joy in the State Budget for Lake Macquarie 17th November 2020
While this year’s State Budget reflects a solid response to the economic challenges caused by the Covid pandemic, it’s extremely disappointing that the Government and.
Piper slams Government over Budget shortfall 17th November 2020
Hunter MPs have blasted the lack of significant infrastructure spending in this year's state budget. While $220 million was allocated for works at the new Maitland Hospital.
Website: Read original story here
Roads top Piper's State Budget wishlist 17th November 2020
The NSW government has included $20 million for work on the Newcastle Inner City Bypass in its 2020-21 budget, ahead of the official opening of the new bridge over.
Website: Read original story here
State Budget: the good, bad and mostly ugly 17th November 2020
While this year’s State Budget reflects a solid response to the economic challenges caused by the Covid pandemic, it’s extremely disappointing that the Government and.
Too much planning, not enough work says Piper 17th November 2020
The state Opposition has slammed the NSW government after it was revealed most of the more than $60 million allocated towards Hunter road projects in the Budget.
Website: Read original story here
Piper pushes for Hunter Renewable Energy Zone 14th November 2020
The Hunter is set to become the state's newest renewable energy zone with three of the region's MPs lining up to ensure the necessary legislation is passed next week..
Website: Read original story here
Marine Rescue opens new $1.8m HQ 13th November 2020
Emergency Services Minister David Elliott is tipping Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie will have a busy summer with an expected influx of holidaymakers, but he is confident.
Website: Read original story here
I'm a very big fan and an honoured patron of Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie so I was absolutely thrilled to be part of the official opening of their new search and New Marine Rescue base opened 13th November 2020
I'm a very big fan and an honoured patron of Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie so I was absolutely thrilled to be part of the official opening of their new search and.
Anna Mason 12th November 2020
I'd like to acknowledge the invaluable support provided by the friends and families of our Rural Fire Service brigade members, particularly during the catastrophic bushfires.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Samantha Cross and Plastic Police 12th November 2020
I'd like to acknowledge the revolutionary work of Plastic Police founder Samantha Cross from Lakelands. For the past five years Samantha and her small team have.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Chris Kuszelyk 11th November 2020
I'd like to acknowledge the contribution of Toronto resident Chris Kuszelyk to the expansion and development of cricket in Lake Macquarie. For more than a decade.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill 2020 11th November 2020
I flag that I will propose an amendment to establish a new renewable energy source [RES] in the Hunter region. However, that may be superseded by other amendments..
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Wangi Wangi VIEW Club 11th November 2020
There was just one new VIEW club registered in NSW during 2020 and that club is in my electorate. I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the remarkable women.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Aerial firefighting fleet at Lake Macquarie 10th November 2020
Lake Macquarie is home to Skyline Aviation Group, which recently acquired 11 Royal Australian Navy [RAN] surplus Seahawk helicopters and is reconfiguring them.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Question time: NSW bushfire inquiry 10th November 2020
My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Given the recent findings of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry and the royal .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Tribute to Audrey Koosmen 10th November 2020
I'm honoured to acknowledge the monumental work of Audrey Koosman from Blackalls Park who is a truly remarkable woman and a genuine local hero. Audrey is.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
One of Lake Macquarie's most renowned muso's will be farewelled at a private ceremony today. Wakefield resident Ronnie Peel, who many might remember as Vale Ronnie Peel 10th November 2020
One of Lake Macquarie's most renowned muso's will be farewelled at a private ceremony today. Wakefield resident Ronnie Peel, who many might remember as.
Vale Ronnie Peel 10th November 2020
It's with sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Wakefield resident, Australian singer and musician Ronnie Peel, also remembered by some as Rockwell T James..
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Congratulations to a good friend and very deserved winner of this year’s NSW Australian of the Year award Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. The award has just Our NSW Australian of the Year 9th November 2020
Congratulations to a good friend and very deserved winner of this year’s NSW Australian of the Year award Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. The award has just.
New playground opens at Morisset 6th November 2020
A new playground at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park in Morisset, to be officially opened in the coming weeks, is now complete. The new park is thanks to $616,024.
A drive-through Covid testing facility opens today at Morisset Showground. This clinic is privately run by pathology company Douglass Hanly Moir. There is currently NO Covid testing clinic opens at Morisset 2nd November 2020
A drive-through Covid testing facility opens today at Morisset Showground. This clinic is privately run by pathology company Douglass Hanly Moir. There is currently NO.
For those willing to pay the exorbitant toll, the Northconnex tunnel under Pennant Hills Rd will open tomorrow (Saturday). Motorists will now be able to drive from the Northconnex tunnel will open tomorrow 30th October 2020
For those willing to pay the exorbitant toll, the Northconnex tunnel under Pennant Hills Rd will open tomorrow (Saturday). Motorists will now be able to drive from the.
After two years of waiting, the State Government has finally released the new Code of Conduct for the short-term rental accommodation (STRA) industry (Airbnb etc). New laws for short-term rentals such as Airbnb 27th October 2020
After two years of waiting, the State Government has finally released the new Code of Conduct for the short-term rental accommodation (STRA) industry (Airbnb etc)..
Really happy to report that our local emergency services have received a significant boost with an expansion of the Public Safety Network (PSN) in the Morisset area Boost for our emergency services 22nd October 2020
Really happy to report that our local emergency services have received a significant boost with an expansion of the Public Safety Network (PSN) in the Morisset area.
Covid-19 and Lake Macquarie Electorate 21st October 2020
In March I did not imagine I would be standing here in October to talk about how pleased I was that COVID?19 has not claimed a single life in my electorate. Nor did I.
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Dylan Shoesmith 21st October 2020
Dylan Shoesmith from Cardiff South is an outstanding and inspirational young member of the Lake Macquarie community. The 20-year-old has been advocating for.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
There’s been a lot going on in the ICAC lately, and a lot of talk about how it and other integrity agencies are funded (agencies such as the NSW Electoral Commission ICAC needs the financial ability to do its job 21st October 2020
There’s been a lot going on in the ICAC lately, and a lot of talk about how it and other integrity agencies are funded (agencies such as the NSW Electoral Commission.
Local Land Services Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2020 21st October 2020
From listening to the debate one would think that opposing the bill is equivalent to being anti?farmer. That is just not the case. I do not believe that is .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Lake Macquarie Rowing Club 20th October 2020
I'd like to acknowledge the excellent work of the volunteers at Lake Macquarie Rowing Club at Booragul who have worked tirelessly to promote and develop their.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020 20th October 2020
Given the current circumstances and the doubts about the integrity of this House and this Parliament more broadly, it is appropriate that we clarify the expectations that the .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Best wishes to all our Year 12 students who start sitting their HSC exams tomorrow! It's been a very challenging year for you all but you've adapted, soldiered on and Good luck to the Class of 2020 19th October 2020
Best wishes to all our Year 12 students who start sitting their HSC exams tomorrow! It's been a very challenging year for you all but you've adapted, soldiered on and.
Happy to report that Teralba Public School and Coal Point Public School will get new school crossing supervisors under the latest phase of a statewide plan being More school crossing supervisors 16th October 2020
Happy to report that Teralba Public School and Coal Point Public School will get new school crossing supervisors under the latest phase of a statewide plan being .
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICES TO GO AHEAD! Some good Covid news this morning. The Premier has announced that next month's Remembrance Day services Restrictions eased for Remembrance Day 16th October 2020
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICES TO GO AHEAD! Some good Covid news this morning. The Premier has announced that next month's Remembrance Day services.
Lake Macquarie Landcare 15th October 2020
I'd like to acknowledge the wonderful and vital work undertaken by Lake Macquarie Landcare Volunteer Network Incorporated under the guidance of current chairman.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Coal ash dams 14th October 2020
Throughout New South Wales right now about 200 million tonnes of coal ash is being stored in unlined dams. It is by far the biggest waste product generated in Australia .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Piper backs broad reform of gambling industry 14th October 2020
I have significant concern about the growth of the sports betting industry and in particular the way in which young males are being targeted in their relentless.
Website: Read original story here
Public Accounts Committee 14th October 2020
The committee of reports from the Auditor-General is very important to the accountability of the Executive Government and government agencies. Reports are.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Tribute to Parkinson's Support Group 14th October 2020
I would like to acknowledge the excellent work and tireless efforts of the lead volunteers behind the Newcastle Parkinson's Support Group. Among those.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Tribute to Rotary Club of Morisset's Masketeers 14th October 2020
I wish to acknowledge the excellent work of the Rotary Club of Morisset's "Masketeers" who are seamlessly led by club president Margaret Johnson, Masketeer .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Warnervale Airport (Restrictions) Repeal Bill 2020 14th October 2020
Let there be no mistake: Wyong Council illegally extended the runway so that any subsequent problems being experienced by the aero club or the aerodrome itself .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
I’m really excited to announce my upcoming ZOOM Town Hall meeting with special guest speaker Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean. It will be held on You're invited to online meeting 12th October 2020
I’m really excited to announce my upcoming ZOOM Town Hall meeting with special guest speaker Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean. It will be held on .
Piper calls for coal ash recycling in roads 7th October 2020
TRANSPORT for NSW could set off an industry "boom" if it started using coal ash in the construction of roads and altered standards so councils followed suit, a.
Website: Read original story here
Premier opens expended football centre at Speers Point 2nd October 2020
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will today open the expanded Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility with State Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper..
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has a lot on her plate at the moment, so I was very grateful to have her spend a few hours with us in Lake Macquarie today. The Premier Premier visits Lake Macquarie 2nd October 2020
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has a lot on her plate at the moment, so I was very grateful to have her spend a few hours with us in Lake Macquarie today. The Premier.
World game's new home open at Lake Macquarie 2nd October 2020
Lake Macquarie’s grassroots football community is kicking goals with a new multi-purpose building featuring state-of-the-art LED lighting and new female-friendly.
Really disappointed to learn that the Industrial Relations Commission has backed the State Government's planned wage freeze for public sector employees. The IRC has Public sector wages shouldn't be frozen 1st October 2020
Really disappointed to learn that the Industrial Relations Commission has backed the State Government's planned wage freeze for public sector employees. The IRC has.
The NSW Premier has today announced a further easing of some Covid-related restrictions. More information will be coming later today but here is a brief summary Covid restrictions to be eased 24th September 2020
The NSW Premier has today announced a further easing of some Covid-related restrictions. More information will be coming later today but here is a brief summary.
Liquor Amendment (24-hour Economy) Bill 2020 23rd September 2020
From the outset I say that I support this bill, which I believe will go a long way towards bringing some element of closure to the long-running debate about the State's 24-hour economy, and in particular the controversial lockout laws, liquor licence renewals and other emerging issues around the sale of al.
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What a way to start a parliamentary sitting day! It was a pleasure to join Animal Welfare League NSW and their furry charges this morning to mark Dogs in Politics Putting a paws on politics 23rd September 2020
What a way to start a parliamentary sitting day! It was a pleasure to join Animal Welfare League NSW and their furry charges this morning to mark Dogs in Politics.
Are you part of a community sports club or cultural group which has been impacted by Covid-19? Then I'd encourage you to apply for one of the State Government's Community infrastructure grants now open 22nd September 2020
Are you part of a community sports club or cultural group which has been impacted by Covid-19? Then I'd encourage you to apply for one of the State Government's.
Question time: social housing in Lake Macquarie 22nd September 2020
Given that Lake Macquarie is experiencing an increase in public housing maintenance complaints, including mould, mildew and sewer, can the Minister assure.
Hunter Water has announced that the current Stage 1 water restrictions will be lifted from October 1. The region's total water storages are at about 80 per cent capacity Water restrictions to be lifted 18th September 2020
Hunter Water has announced that the current Stage 1 water restrictions will be lifted from October 1. The region's total water storages are at about 80 per cent capacity.
I met with RFS volunteers this morning ahead of this weekend's Get Ready Weekend. With the bushfire season fast approaching, RFS brigades across RFS prepares for upcoming fire season 17th September 2020
I met with RFS volunteers this morning ahead of this weekend's Get Ready Weekend. With the bushfire season fast approaching, RFS brigades across.
No confidence motion - John Barilaro 16th September 2020
I acknowledge the construction of this motion of no confidence moved by the Leader of the Opposition. I think this motion is inherently supportable prima facie..
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Adoption Legislation Amendment (Integrated Birth Certificates) Bill 2020 15th September 2020
I acknowledge that the bill is a significant reform and step forward for many adoptees who have lobbied for it. However, other adoptees still will slip through the cracks.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Submissions to Planning NSW regarding Centennial Coal's plan to put 62,500 trucks on Wangi and Wilton roads annually are now publicly available. The plan has Centennial Coal: submissions now online 9th September 2020
Submissions to Planning NSW regarding Centennial Coal's plan to put 62,500 trucks on Wangi and Wilton roads annually are now publicly available. The plan has.
New grandstands open at Fishburn Reserve, Rathmines 5th September 2020
The Westlakes Wildcats Football Club will officially unveil two new grandstands at their Rathmines home base on Saturday. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper .
I want to acknowledge the fantastic new facilities that have been secured by Westlakes Wildcats FC at Fishburn Reserve, Rathmines. I joined the club today Wildcats open new grandstands 5th September 2020
I want to acknowledge the fantastic new facilities that have been secured by Westlakes Wildcats FC at Fishburn Reserve, Rathmines. I joined the club today.
I just want to send a shout out to all of our local Covid nurses and in particular those people doing the tracking and testing. You are amazing, you are world class and Thanks to our Covid trackers and testers 2nd September 2020
I just want to send a shout out to all of our local Covid nurses and in particular those people doing the tracking and testing. You are amazing, you are world class and.
There are so many women in our local area who contribute enormous amounts of time and energy to their communities Nominate your Woman of the Year 1st September 2020
There are so many women in our local area who contribute enormous amounts of time and energy to their communities.
My thanks to everyone who has so far signed the petition against Centennial Coal's plans to truck a million tonnes of coal a year on public roads between Wangi and Centennial trucks: petition update 26th August 2020
My thanks to everyone who has so far signed the petition against Centennial Coal's plans to truck a million tonnes of coal a year on public roads between Wangi and.
New-look Wyee Station officially opened 19th August 2020
NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance and Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper will officially open the new-look Wyee Railway Station this morning. .
Great to have the NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance MP in town today to officially open the new-look Wyee Station. It was equally good to have long-time Upgraded Wyee Station officially opened 19th August 2020
Great to have the NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance MP in town today to officially open the new-look Wyee Station. It was equally good to have long-time.
Australia 75 years ago today. We will always remember them. If you're in the Wangi-Rathmines area today, Newcastle Military Vehicle Club will be doing a drive around 75 years of peace in the Pacific 15th August 2020
Australia 75 years ago today. We will always remember them. If you're in the Wangi-Rathmines area today, Newcastle Military Vehicle Club will be doing a drive around.
Campaign drives month-long roads message 14th August 2020
Rural road fatalities made up two thirds of last year’s national road toll, with 835 people tragically losing their lives. That is the alarming statistic driving this year’s.
Website: Read original story here
Local drivers urged to slow down 14th August 2020
Drivers travelling in the Lake Macquarie area are being urged to slow down this Rural Road Safety Month, with more than two-thirds of the lives lost on NSW roads.
Herald opinion: Centennial plan 'ridiculous' 13th August 2020
The Central Coast's network of power stations and their associated coalmines were built with a series of interconnecting conveyors so that coal trucks could be kept off.
Website: Read original story here
Please join the campaign to stop Centennial Coal's plans to put 62,000 coal truck movements on public roads in western Lake Macquarie. I've today lodged an Petition: Keep 64,000 coal trucks off Wangi Rd 13th August 2020
Please join the campaign to stop Centennial Coal's plans to put 62,000 coal truck movements on public roads in western Lake Macquarie. I've today lodged an.
Centennial plans to put 62,500 truck movements on Wangi Rd 12th August 2020
Centennial Coal's plan to truck more than a million tonnes of coal per year along Wangi Road, which requires 62,500 truck movements, is a "ridiculous proposition".
Website: Read original story here
Just got word back from the Planning Minister's office - he's agreed to my request to extend the exhibition period and give the local community more time to comment. Myuna: Submission period extended 12th August 2020
Just got word back from the Planning Minister's office - he's agreed to my request to extend the exhibition period and give the local community more time to comment..
I'm very concerned about Centennial Coal's plans to truck a million tonnes of coal a year between the Myuna Colliery at Wangi and its land at Awaba via Wangi Rd and Plan puts 64,000 trucks a year on Wangi Rd 11th August 2020
I'm very concerned about Centennial Coal's plans to truck a million tonnes of coal a year between the Myuna Colliery at Wangi and its land at Awaba via Wangi Rd and.
I met with Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser today and confirmed that the council has abandoned its controversial plans for high-rise buildings on the Toronto Council rules out Toronto high-rise plan 7th August 2020
I met with Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser today and confirmed that the council has abandoned its controversial plans for high-rise buildings on the Toronto.
School crossing supervisor for Morisset school 7th August 2020
Safety for students at five Hunter schools will be strengthened with 88 new school crossing supervisors soon to be appointed across the State. Parliamentary Secretary.
As previously reported, a third member of the same Newcastle family has tested positive for the coronavirus. All other close contacts are traced and now in isolation. Update on new Covid cases and venues 7th August 2020
As previously reported, a third member of the same Newcastle family has tested positive for the coronavirus. All other close contacts are traced and now in isolation..
Hunter-New England Health has advised of new venues in the Newcastle area which were visited by a person carrying the coronavirus. It's important to remember that More Newcastle venues added to watch list 6th August 2020
Hunter-New England Health has advised of new venues in the Newcastle area which were visited by a person carrying the coronavirus. It's important to remember that.
11am UPDATE. NEW CASES IN NEWCASTLE. NEW VENUES ADDED TO WATCH LIST AGED CARE FACILITIES URGED TO CLOSE OUT VISITORS. The Public UPDATED - more venues added to watch list 6th August 2020
11am UPDATE. NEW CASES IN NEWCASTLE. NEW VENUES ADDED TO WATCH LIST AGED CARE FACILITIES URGED TO CLOSE OUT VISITORS. The Public.
Costco to bring huge economic boost to Lake Macquarie 5th August 2020
I am very pleased to inform the House today that we have seen the first significant step derived from that bill. That step will see an estimated $300 million annually in.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
More shocking news coming out of Victoria today with 725 new cases and 15 deaths overnight, including that of a man in his 30s. Border restrictions will also be
New border restrictions announced 5th August 2020
More shocking news coming out of Victoria today with 725 new cases and 15 deaths overnight, including that of a man in his 30s. Border restrictions will also be .
Great to see that Lake Mac council has started work on the new playground at Morisset's Bernie Goodwin Oval. We managed to secure more than $600,000 in Work starts on Morisset playground upgrade 4th August 2020
Great to see that Lake Mac council has started work on the new playground at Morisset's Bernie Goodwin Oval. We managed to secure more than $600,000 in .
An important announcement from Hunter Health. Anyone who visited the following venues on the dates and times posted is ordered to self-isolate for 14 days and get
COVID-19 Update: new locations identified 3rd August 2020
An important announcement from Hunter Health. Anyone who visited the following venues on the dates and times posted is ordered to self-isolate for 14 days and get .
There's been a lot of debate about masks, so here's some common sense advice from NSW Health. Masks are not a guaranteed way of avoiding Covid, but they will Some common sense advice on masks 3rd August 2020
There's been a lot of debate about masks, so here's some common sense advice from NSW Health. Masks are not a guaranteed way of avoiding Covid, but they will.
A person with Covid-19 visited Toronto Courthouse last Monday. Close contacts have been isolated and the courthouse is in the process of being deep cleaned. It’s Person with Covid visited Toronto Courthouse 2nd August 2020
A person with Covid-19 visited Toronto Courthouse last Monday. Close contacts have been isolated and the courthouse is in the process of being deep cleaned. It’s .
Boomaroo: Costco promises at least 200 jobs 1st August 2020
Costco has promised at least 200 ongoing jobs and a shopping experience most Hunter residents have never experienced before at its proposed Lake Macquarie.
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Costco to bring huge economic boost to Lake Macquarie 31st July 2020
Hundreds of jobs and more than $300m in local economic activity will be created by today’s announcement regarding Costco and Green Capital at Cockle Creek,.
Costco to establish store at Boolaroo 31st July 2020
Costco will establish a store in Boolaroo with the NSW government to announce land sales to the retail giant and residential developer Green Capital Group on Friday..
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Costco to spark new beginning for smelter site 31st July 2020
The arrival of United States retail giant Costco in the Hunter region of New South Wales will unlock hundreds of millions of dollars worth of investment in Lake.
Website: Read original story here
Hundreds of jobs and more than $300m in local economic activity will be created by today’s announcement regarding Costco and Green Capital at Cockle Creek Costco coming to Lake Macquarie 30th July 2020
Hundreds of jobs and more than $300m in local economic activity will be created by today’s announcement regarding Costco and Green Capital at Cockle Creek.
A new drive-through testing facility opens today at Warners Bay. You do not need to make an appointment or have a doctor's referral. The clinic is located in the car Drive-through Covid testing to open at Warners Bay 30th July 2020
A new drive-through testing facility opens today at Warners Bay. You do not need to make an appointment or have a doctor's referral. The clinic is located in the car .
Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre 28th July 2020
On 29 March last year while the Government was in caretaker mode, the New South Wales Office of Sport evacuated and closed Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Question time: short-term holiday letting 28th July 2020
Given that it is almost two years since draft regulations were developed for the short?term holiday letting industry code of conduct, when will the Government.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
Really happy to see the former Rathmines Community Hall reopened today and be reborn as Rathmines Theatre again. The original building was established in A new lease on life for original Rathmines Theatre 24th July 2020
Really happy to see the former Rathmines Community Hall reopened today and be reborn as Rathmines Theatre again. The original building was established in.
Really pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting some State funds for a new pontoon jetty at Balcolyn. The Government will go halves with Lake New jetty for Balcolyn 24th July 2020
Really pleased to announce that we've been successful in getting some State funds for a new pontoon jetty at Balcolyn. The Government will go halves with Lake.
Rathmines Hall reopens after $3.3m refurbishment 24th July 2020
A new stage has been set, quite literally, for performing arts in Lake Macquarie with the upgrade to the historic Rathmines Theatre. Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay .
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As you may have heard, there are four confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Port Stephens area. Three have been linked to the first and all of those people are now New warning as Covid clusters move closer 23rd July 2020
As you may have heard, there are four confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Port Stephens area. Three have been linked to the first and all of those people are now.
Minister: site selected for new sport and recreation centre 21st July 2020
Released by NSW Minister for Sport Geoff Lee: The preferred site for the new Lake Macquarie Sport and Recreation Centre has been announced by the NSW .
It's a big day for the kids and teachers at Speers Point Public School today as they return for Term 3. The $14.9m upgrade of their school has been complete and New Speers Point school to be opened 21st July 2020
It's a big day for the kids and teachers at Speers Point Public School today as they return for Term 3. The $14.9m upgrade of their school has been complete and .
New site unveiled for sport and recreation centre 21st July 2020
The NSW government has unveiled a site for its new sport and recreation centre in Lake Macquarie. Acting Sports Minister Geoff Lee confirmed on Tuesday .
Website: Read original story here
Some good news today with another milestone being reached in the long-running effort to get Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre reopened. The good news Site selected for new Sport and Recreation Centre 21st July 2020
Some good news today with another milestone being reached in the long-running effort to get Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre reopened. The good news.
Transport for NSW has advised that the M1's northbound off-ramp at the Toronto/Awaba interchange will be closed on Monday night between 8pm and Temporary closure of M1 exit ramp 19th July 2020
Transport for NSW has advised that the M1's northbound off-ramp at the Toronto/Awaba interchange will be closed on Monday night between 8pm and.
With more bad news coming out of Victoria today, and from south-western Sydney, it’s really important that everyone remains vigilant, follows the very simple social Cafe and restaurant restrictions to be tightened 17th July 2020
With more bad news coming out of Victoria today, and from south-western Sydney, it’s really important that everyone remains vigilant, follows the very simple social.
Hunter Health has confirmed a third Covid-19 case in the Newcastle area but there is no need to be alarmed. The woman is a close contact of a man who returned to Third Hunter case contained 17th July 2020
Hunter Health has confirmed a third Covid-19 case in the Newcastle area but there is no need to be alarmed. The woman is a close contact of a man who returned to.
Wyee station upgrade completed 17th July 2020
Accessibility upgrades worth more than $40 million at two Hunter train stations are all but complete with new lifts now operational. The final touches are being made.
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Hunter Health has moved to allay concerns that people from COVID hotspots in Sydney have been travelling to the local area for testing. Hunter Health’s Hunter Health allays fears on 'test visitors' 16th July 2020
Hunter Health has moved to allay concerns that people from COVID hotspots in Sydney have been travelling to the local area for testing. Hunter Health’s.
I'm really pleased to have been working with this Lake Macquarie Police District strike force to target anti-social behaviour, car hoons, drunk drivers and Police strike force targets crime in Morisset area 16th July 2020
I'm really pleased to have been working with this Lake Macquarie Police District strike force to target anti-social behaviour, car hoons, drunk drivers and.
Very happy to report that the new lifts at Wyee Station are now open and the broader station upgrade almost complete. I’m really grateful that the State Government New lifts at Wyee station now open 15th July 2020
Very happy to report that the new lifts at Wyee Station are now open and the broader station upgrade almost complete. I’m really grateful that the State Government.
Given the cluster outbreak of Covid-19 at a Sydney hotel which has led to 28 new cases of infection, the Government in conjunction with the Australian Hotels Pub restrictions tighten following Covid cluster 14th July 2020
Given the cluster outbreak of Covid-19 at a Sydney hotel which has led to 28 new cases of infection, the Government in conjunction with the Australian Hotels.
NSW Health has provided my office with more mini bottles of hand sanitiser. I only have a limited number to distribute free of charge. I'm unable to post them out Free hand sanitiser available 6th July 2020
NSW Health has provided my office with more mini bottles of hand sanitiser. I only have a limited number to distribute free of charge. I'm unable to post them out.
BREAKING NEWS: Victorian border to close tomorrow as Covid outbreak worsens. A sensible move from both State's Premiers and the National Cabinet. Victorian border to close 6th July 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Victorian border to close tomorrow as Covid outbreak worsens. A sensible move from both State's Premiers and the National Cabinet..
The Covid situation in Victoria is not getting better and reflects how easily we could be facing the same problem here if we let our guard down. We only need to Not the time to let our guard down 3rd July 2020
The Covid situation in Victoria is not getting better and reflects how easily we could be facing the same problem here if we let our guard down. We only need to.
A range of eased restrictions come into play today. Please remember that social distancing and good hand hygiene remain important to stopping the spread of More Covid restrictions eased today 1st July 2020
A range of eased restrictions come into play today. Please remember that social distancing and good hand hygiene remain important to stopping the spread of.
Speers Point jetty reopens after $1.5m rebuild 26th June 2020
The popular Speers Point jetty has reopened after a $1.5 million rebuild.Lake Macquarie state MP Greg Piper and deputy mayor Nick Jones cut the ribbon on the.
A beautiful morning to meet at Speers Point Park for the official opening of the new jetty. Speers Point is an incredibly important recreation, sporting and cultural New Speers Point jetty opened 25th June 2020
A beautiful morning to meet at Speers Point Park for the official opening of the new jetty. Speers Point is an incredibly important recreation, sporting and cultural.
New Speers Point jetty opened 25th June 2020
A $1.4 million jetty upgrade at Speers Point is now open to boaters to provide easier and safer access to Lake Macquarie. The project, which was co-funded by Transport.
I've had a number of recent meetings with Origin Energy, the Office of Sport and the Minister regarding the relocation of Myuna Bay Sport And Recreation Centre Update on Myuna Bay relocation 23rd June 2020
I've had a number of recent meetings with Origin Energy, the Office of Sport and the Minister regarding the relocation of Myuna Bay Sport And Recreation Centre.
Here's our first look at designs for the new $25m basketball stadium planned for Hillsborough. You'd remember that we were successful in getting a financial DA lodged for new $25m basketball and sports stadium 22nd June 2020
Here's our first look at designs for the new $25m basketball stadium planned for Hillsborough. You'd remember that we were successful in getting a financial.
Constitution Amendment (Water Accountability and Transparency) Bill 2020 17th June 2020
The very notion that they cannot manage what the environment provides has clearly brought us to the problems with the Murray-Darling. It is a diabolical mess that.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
State economy 17th June 2020
In Lake Macquarie, where unemployment—in particular youth unemployment—was higher than the State average pre-COVID, and where contractions in the tourism, .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Some good news today for local households with the State's independent pricing regulator agreeing to Hunter Water's new pricing structure which will see the average Average water bill to fall by $48 a year 16th June 2020
Some good news today for local households with the State's independent pricing regulator agreeing to Hunter Water's new pricing structure which will see the average.
Public Interest Debate - Covid-19 16th June 2020
We still have a long way to go in fighting COVID-19. We know that the economic recovery will be long, complicated and difficult for many people. I acknowledge.
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Given the rain we've had here on the coast over the past few months, as well as the significant distraction of the Covid pandemic, it's been easy to forget that much Drought is not over yet, be water wise 15th June 2020
Given the rain we've had here on the coast over the past few months, as well as the significant distraction of the Covid pandemic, it's been easy to forget that much.
Here's a brief summary of the restrictions being eased from tomorrow. Please understand that I simply don't know when other restrictions will be lifted. Summary of restrictions being eased tomorrow 12th June 2020
Here's a brief summary of the restrictions being eased from tomorrow. Please understand that I simply don't know when other restrictions will be lifted. .
The Premier has announced more restrictions will be eased from this Saturday, June 13. Among them: Up to 20 people will be able to visit your home More Covid restrictions to be eased 11th June 2020
The Premier has announced more restrictions will be eased from this Saturday, June 13. Among them: Up to 20 people will be able to visit your home.
The Premier has announced this morning that all local sport will be able to resume from July 1 - that's junior sport and adult competition. More details will be Local sport to resume on July 1 10th June 2020
The Premier has announced this morning that all local sport will be able to resume from July 1 - that's junior sport and adult competition. More details will be.
I've been advised that a section of Macquarie Road at Cardiff will be closed at night next week for a significant rebuild. The 650m section between John Street Rebuild planned for part of Macquarie Road 10th June 2020
I've been advised that a section of Macquarie Road at Cardiff will be closed at night next week for a significant rebuild. The 650m section between John Street.
I paid tribute to the late Harry Buckley in a Private Member's Statement to Parliament this week. Harry, as many of you know, was among our most decorated and respected ex-servicemen, who passed away last month to illness. Lest We Forget: Harry Buckley 5th June 2020
I paid tribute to the late Harry Buckley in a Private Member's Statement to Parliament this week. Harry, as many of you know, was among our most decorated and respected ex-servicemen, who passed away last month to illness..
Hunter Health has advised that we currently have NO diagnosed or active cases of Covid-19 in the Hunter Region. That's great news and something I didn't No active Covid case in the region 5th June 2020
Hunter Health has advised that we currently have NO diagnosed or active cases of Covid-19 in the Hunter Region. That's great news and something I didn't.
In good news for those who travel down the M1 regularly, the new lanes between Doyalson and Tuggerah are now all open. That's three northbound and three New lanes open on the M1 4th June 2020
In good news for those who travel down the M1 regularly, the new lanes between Doyalson and Tuggerah are now all open. That's three northbound and three.
Lest we forget Harry Buckley 3rd June 2020
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie) (16:54:25): Along with many in the Lake Macquarie community, I was saddened by the recent passing of Harry Buckley..
Public Accounts Committee 3rd June 2020
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie) (12:51:18): As chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, it gives me pleasure to lead in the take-note debate on the report entitled.
Tribute to Graham Hudson 3rd June 2020
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—Graham Hudson has had a very big impact on a very large number of people. The well-known and well-respected teacher last .
Back in Parliament today but joined our nurses, teachers and other frontline workers this morning in their rally against the planned wage freeze. I've already Backing our nurses and teachers 2nd June 2020
Back in Parliament today but joined our nurses, teachers and other frontline workers this morning in their rally against the planned wage freeze. I've already .
The Premier has today announced that gyms, pools, tattoo studios, dance schools and yoga classes will be allowed to reopen from June 13. She has also Covid: Gyms and community centres to reopen 2nd June 2020
The Premier has today announced that gyms, pools, tattoo studios, dance schools and yoga classes will be allowed to reopen from June 13. She has also .
Tribute to David Woods and Wangi Bakehouse 2nd June 2020
The idea of wasting perfectly good beer is a bridge too far for many, especially for David Woods and the Wangi Bakehouse he co-owns. With the doors closing on .
The State Government will ease Covid-19 restrictions from tomorrow, June 1. They include general rules about gatherings, the operations of pubs, clubs and cafes, Covid restrictions eased from tomorrow 31st May 2020
The State Government will ease Covid-19 restrictions from tomorrow, June 1. They include general rules about gatherings, the operations of pubs, clubs and cafes,.
Who knew that monkeys formed such an integral part of Eraring's history? Local historian Doug Saxon has done an extraordinary job in documenting Eraring's history remembered in new book 28th May 2020
Who knew that monkeys formed such an integral part of Eraring's history? Local historian Doug Saxon has done an extraordinary job in documenting.
I know there will be divided opinion on the public sector wage freeze announced by the Premier today, but I strongly oppose the Government's move. I understand Why I oppose the public sector wage freeze 27th May 2020
I know there will be divided opinion on the public sector wage freeze announced by the Premier today, but I strongly oppose the Government's move. I understand .
Happy to report that nine local sporting groups have had small grants approved to improve their facilities or upgrade equipment. The grants are made Sporting clubs land State grants 26th May 2020
Happy to report that nine local sporting groups have had small grants approved to improve their facilities or upgrade equipment. The grants are made.
Very sad to learn about the passing of Harry Buckley, one of our region's most decorated and respected ex-servicemen. Harry was patron of the South Lake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch (Morisset), and was a mentor to many. Vale Harry Buckley. Lest We Forget 21st May 2020
Very sad to learn about the passing of Harry Buckley, one of our region's most decorated and respected ex-servicemen. Harry was patron of the South Lake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch (Morisset), and was a mentor to many..
Ever wondered why some roads have the occasional blue reflective 'cat's eyes' instead of the usual yellow? They're actually used by Fire and Rescue and the RFS Grants will improve emergency response operations 20th May 2020
Ever wondered why some roads have the occasional blue reflective 'cat's eyes' instead of the usual yellow? They're actually used by Fire and Rescue and the RFS.
Travelling throughout NSW for any reason will be allowed again from June 1 under announcements made today by the State Government. Travel restrictions to be eased from June 1 20th May 2020
Travelling throughout NSW for any reason will be allowed again from June 1 under announcements made today by the State Government..
The State Government has announced funding for a program that will improve the way things work for emergency patients at local hospitals. New support for hospital emergency patients 19th May 2020
The State Government has announced funding for a program that will improve the way things work for emergency patients at local hospitals..
The premier has confirmed that students will return to school full-time from next Monday, May 25. I understand it's a decision that will delight many parents, Schools back to full operations next Monday 19th May 2020
The premier has confirmed that students will return to school full-time from next Monday, May 25. I understand it's a decision that will delight many parents,.
Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday, May 15. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions. Q & A: what you can and can't do from today 14th May 2020
Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday, May 15. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions..
Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions. Q & A on Friday's easing of COVID-19 restrictions 13th May 2020
Changes to some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Friday. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions..
COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) BILL 2020 (and others) 12th May 2020
There is a particular need to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community, including the homeless, low-income families, renters, and those who may suffer .
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As a former nurse in mental health and developmental disability, I know the challenges that our nurses face not just today but every day. International Nurses Day 12th May 2020
As a former nurse in mental health and developmental disability, I know the challenges that our nurses face not just today but every day..
Question time: economic recovery for regional NSW 12th May 2020
Will the Premier explain to the House what her Government will be doing to ensure that areas such as Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and the Hunter are not.
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Suspension of standing and sessional orders 12th May 2020
We would be one of the least accountable, least open jurisdictions in the world today. That is a real concern and it can be addressed. I appreciate.
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Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mums out there. Where would we be without you? Stay safe today, stay well and enjoy some time out! Happy Mother's Day 10th May 2020
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mums out there. Where would we be without you? Stay safe today, stay well and enjoy some time out!.
With every restriction or every easing there will be questions, particularly for people or organisations that don’t quite fit the simple prescription. We will More details on easing of restrictions 10th May 2020
With every restriction or every easing there will be questions, particularly for people or organisations that don’t quite fit the simple prescription. We will.
The Prime Minister has just announced a three-step process to ease the country out of the COVID-19 restrictions. He is allowing the States to set their PM announces staged easing of COVID-19 restrictions 8th May 2020
The Prime Minister has just announced a three-step process to ease the country out of the COVID-19 restrictions. He is allowing the States to set their .
A six-lane drive-through Covid-19 testing facility will open in the region tomorrow and remain open until May 17. The clinic will be able to test up to 900 people COVID: major testing facility to open 7th May 2020
A six-lane drive-through Covid-19 testing facility will open in the region tomorrow and remain open until May 17. The clinic will be able to test up to 900 people.
There's been an expansion of the popular Creative Kids and Active Kids programs in NSW which provide parents with $100 vouchers for cultural and Creative Kids program expanded 7th May 2020
There's been an expansion of the popular Creative Kids and Active Kids programs in NSW which provide parents with $100 vouchers for cultural and.
I know many people will be pleased to hear that elective surgery is being restarted at local hospitals and surgeries. Cancelled because of the Covid-19 Elective surgery to start up again 7th May 2020
I know many people will be pleased to hear that elective surgery is being restarted at local hospitals and surgeries. Cancelled because of the Covid-19.
I've been in touch with the Premier again today about the possible easing of restrictions on some non-contact sports and hobbies (including pigeon racing) New push to allow families to go camping 6th May 2020
I've been in touch with the Premier again today about the possible easing of restrictions on some non-contact sports and hobbies (including pigeon racing).
Here's a few updated stats from NSW Health. They're very encouraging but we have to remember that while testing is being increased they obviously No new cases for nine days 5th May 2020
Here's a few updated stats from NSW Health. They're very encouraging but we have to remember that while testing is being increased they obviously .
Do you know of a sporting, community or social group that could do with improved facilities? Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership Applications open for Community Building Partnership grants 4th May 2020
Do you know of a sporting, community or social group that could do with improved facilities? Applications for this year's Community Building Partnership.
While fuel prices are at historic lows, there's still a 30c/litre price difference between some local petrol stations. To find the cheapest fuel near you Find the cheapest petrol prices near you 4th May 2020
While fuel prices are at historic lows, there's still a 30c/litre price difference between some local petrol stations. To find the cheapest fuel near you.
$270,000 for Lake Macquarie projects 1st May 2020
The NSW Government has granted three projects a combined $270,000 which will deliver new mental and physical health programs and community.
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I've had the great privilege of knowing NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons for many years. His efforts during the recent bushfire Shane Fitzsimmons stands down as fire chief 30th April 2020
I've had the great privilege of knowing NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons for many years. His efforts during the recent bushfire.
Air quality monitor for Lake Macquarie 29th April 2020
LAKE Macquarie will receive independent air quality monitoring after more than a decade of community campaigning, state MP Greg Piper has revealed..
A couple of quick updates on COVID-19. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced this morning that current social restrictions will be slightly eased Visiting restrictions to be eased 28th April 2020
A couple of quick updates on COVID-19. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced this morning that current social restrictions will be slightly eased.
Work starts on new $1.7m Marine Rescue base 28th April 2020
Construction has started on a new $1.7 million communications centre to provide Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie with a world-class emergency.
After a decade of community campaigning, an independently-operated air quality monitor will be installed in the local area. Air quality monitor for Lake Macquarie 27th April 2020
After a decade of community campaigning, an independently-operated air quality monitor will be installed in the local area..
Air quality monitor for Lake Macquarie 27th April 2020
After a decade of community campaigning led by Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper, an independently-operated air quality monitor will be installed in the local area..
Lyn and I have both downloaded the COVIDSafe app. We were amongst the first 1 million who did because we believe it is for the greater good and Download the app to be Covid aware 27th April 2020
Lyn and I have both downloaded the COVIDSafe app. We were amongst the first 1 million who did because we believe it is for the greater good and.
While we are facing challenging times, those challenges don't compare to those faced by the servicemen and women who defended Age shall not weary them, or the years condemn 25th April 2020
While we are facing challenging times, those challenges don't compare to those faced by the servicemen and women who defended .
$4.7m extension of Munibung Road now open 24th April 2020
THE $4.7 million extension of Munibung Road has officially opened to drivers on time and on budget despite the pandemic..
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The 'missing link' on Munibung Road is now open. The new link extends from the Bunnings roundabout at Boolaroo to Cardiff industrial estate and Munibung Road extension now open 24th April 2020
The 'missing link' on Munibung Road is now open. The new link extends from the Bunnings roundabout at Boolaroo to Cardiff industrial estate and.
It's now two weeks since someone in the local area caught COVID19 from an unknown source. That means that our health agencies have been able All current COVID cases tracked and isolated 23rd April 2020
It's now two weeks since someone in the local area caught COVID19 from an unknown source. That means that our health agencies have been able.
I know many local people will be marking Anzac Day from their lounge rooms or with a candle in their driveway this Saturday, but don't forget that the Sydney ANZAC service to be broadcast live 22nd April 2020
I know many local people will be marking Anzac Day from their lounge rooms or with a candle in their driveway this Saturday, but don't forget that the Sydney.
While everyone's battling to keep away from Covid-19, NSW Health is also asking people to get a seasonal flu shot as we head towards winter. Don't forget your seasonal flu shot 22nd April 2020
While everyone's battling to keep away from Covid-19, NSW Health is also asking people to get a seasonal flu shot as we head towards winter..
I know there are a lot of divided opinions on this issue, and it's likely that all or most are partly right because the situation is different for everyone who Schools to start transitional reopening 21st April 2020
I know there are a lot of divided opinions on this issue, and it's likely that all or most are partly right because the situation is different for everyone who .
Here's the latest update from Hunter-New England Health. Importantly, Lake Macquarie is no longer considered a hot spot. No Covid-19 hot spots currently in the area 20th April 2020
Here's the latest update from Hunter-New England Health. Importantly, Lake Macquarie is no longer considered a hot spot..
My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklet is currently being delivered to all homes in my electorate. With Anzac Day services all cancelled 2020 Anzac Day booklet on its way 16th April 2020
My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklet is currently being delivered to all homes in my electorate. With Anzac Day services all cancelled.
Pleased to see that Lake Macquarie City Council has moved to reopen Awaba Tip. I received a number of complaints when it was closed and raised Council to reopen Awaba tip 16th April 2020
Pleased to see that Lake Macquarie City Council has moved to reopen Awaba Tip. I received a number of complaints when it was closed and raised.
Here's some great news for everyone who's done so much to slow the spread of COVID, but we can't take the foot off the pedal just yet because we have a long Some good news in the fight against COVID-19 15th April 2020
Here's some great news for everyone who's done so much to slow the spread of COVID, but we can't take the foot off the pedal just yet because we have a long .
The State Government has announced a $440m emergency package for residential tenants and landlords which I believe will go a long way $440m package for tenants and landlords 14th April 2020
The State Government has announced a $440m emergency package for residential tenants and landlords which I believe will go a long way.
What an incredibly challenging year we have had, and we have more tough weeks and months ahead. But with all the adversity, we have also seen a wonderful Happy Easter to you all 12th April 2020
What an incredibly challenging year we have had, and we have more tough weeks and months ahead. But with all the adversity, we have also seen a wonderful.
$1.4m Wangi jetty now open 10th April 2020
The $1.38 million replacement jetty at Wangi Wangi has finally opened. Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper declared the jetty operational on.
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I’m very happy to report a huge drop in youth crime rates across Cardiff over the past 18 months, thanks to a collaborative effort headed by Community Great effort sees Cardiff crime rates fall 10th April 2020
I’m very happy to report a huge drop in youth crime rates across Cardiff over the past 18 months, thanks to a collaborative effort headed by Community .
New Wangi jetty now open 9th April 2020
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has today announced that construction of the new $1.38m jetty at Wangi Wangi has been completed .
Really pleased to announce the new Wangi Wangi jetty officially open! Co-funded by Transport for NSW and Lake Macquarie City Council, will not only be New Wangi jetty opens 9th April 2020
Really pleased to announce the new Wangi Wangi jetty officially open! Co-funded by Transport for NSW and Lake Macquarie City Council, will not only be.
You might have seen NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller on the news warning that going out for a casual drive can now attract Stay home this Easter long weekend 8th April 2020
You might have seen NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller on the news warning that going out for a casual drive can now attract .
NSW TAFE is now offering 21 free courses to jobseekers and those seeking new skills. After years of TAFE being gutted by State governments, Free TAFE courses available now 7th April 2020
NSW TAFE is now offering 21 free courses to jobseekers and those seeking new skills. After years of TAFE being gutted by State governments,.
Got a learner driver in your family or run a driving school? Superintendent Danny Sullivan provides some clarity on that issue here. The COVID rules on learner driving 6th April 2020
Got a learner driver in your family or run a driving school? Superintendent Danny Sullivan provides some clarity on that issue here..
Quite a few people have contacted me about the postcode breakdowns of confirmed COVID-19 cases that are getting around on Facebook COVID-19: be wary of postcode data 3rd April 2020
Quite a few people have contacted me about the postcode breakdowns of confirmed COVID-19 cases that are getting around on Facebook.
I want to be perfectly clear on the current rules around fishing and boating. Not surprisingly it’s been a major issue in the local area and a lot of The latest on fishing and boating rules 3rd April 2020
I want to be perfectly clear on the current rules around fishing and boating. Not surprisingly it’s been a major issue in the local area and a lot of .
Fishing in the clear 2nd April 2020
HUNTER MPs Greg Piper and Sonia Hornery have welcomed the announcement that fishing and boating are allowed so long as the two-person and social.
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On the advice of NSW Health and the NSW Parliament my Toronto office is now closed, but my staff and I are continuing to work and are available Office closed, but we're still here to help 2nd April 2020
On the advice of NSW Health and the NSW Parliament my Toronto office is now closed, but my staff and I are continuing to work and are available.
Here's an important message from Lake Macquarie police chief Superintendent Danny Sullivan regarding the new rules around travel and gatherings An important message from Lake Macquarie police chief 1st April 2020
Here's an important message from Lake Macquarie police chief Superintendent Danny Sullivan regarding the new rules around travel and gatherings.
AN IMPORTANT UPDATE on the rules around fishing and boating. Acting on new legal advice, Police Minister David Elliott has just announced that COVID-19: fishing and boating rules 1st April 2020
AN IMPORTANT UPDATE on the rules around fishing and boating. Acting on new legal advice, Police Minister David Elliott has just announced that.
Here's the latest update from the State Government and NSW Health. Please stay informed, stay safe and stay home. COVID-19 Update 31st March 2020
Here's the latest update from the State Government and NSW Health. Please stay informed, stay safe and stay home..
I put a number of questions to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard Health Minister responds to questions on ventilators and temporary hospitals 27th March 2020
I put a number of questions to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard.
Please support our local restaurants and cafes during the current pandemic. They might be closed to in-house dining, but they're open for takeaways! Lake Macquarie cafes and restaurants open for takeaway, deliveries and online orders 27th March 2020
Please support our local restaurants and cafes during the current pandemic. They might be closed to in-house dining, but they're open for takeaways!.
With so many people losing jobs and so many businesses forced to temporarily shut their doors, my office is getting a lot of inquiries about rental assistance Assistance for tenants and landlords 26th March 2020
With so many people losing jobs and so many businesses forced to temporarily shut their doors, my office is getting a lot of inquiries about rental assistance.
A massive day in State Parliament today with the Government introducing emergency measures which I never thought we'd see or require in our lifetime.
COVID-19 Update 24th March 2020
A massive day in State Parliament today with the Government introducing emergency measures which I never thought we'd see or require in our lifetime. .
Covid-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 24th March 2020
These are extraordinary times and that has been noted. While the times weigh heavily on us, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
$300,000 for Lake Macquarie community projects 23rd March 2020
Almost 30 sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been successful in securing grants to improve or construct facilities.
Lake food bank feels the pinch of virus 21st March 2020
A network of food banks that helps disadvantaged people in southern Lake Macquarie is imposing new measures to contend with not just .
Website: Read original story here
Almost 30 sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been successful in securing grants to improve or construct facilities $300,000 for Lake Macquarie community projects 20th March 2020
Almost 30 sporting and cultural organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been successful in securing grants to improve or construct facilities.
Like so many others, I'm increasingly concerned about the amount of misinformation getting around on social media. COVID-19 Update 13th March 2020
Like so many others, I'm increasingly concerned about the amount of misinformation getting around on social media..
Hunter New England Health has released a further statement about its screening procedures for coronavirus (COVID-19) at John Hunter Hospital. COVID-19 Update 11th March 2020
Hunter New England Health has released a further statement about its screening procedures for coronavirus (COVID-19) at John Hunter Hospital..
What’s the difference between China, Bali, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia and New South Wales? Well, New South Wales is the ONLY place which Government must act fast on single-use plastics 9th March 2020
What’s the difference between China, Bali, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia and New South Wales? Well, New South Wales is the ONLY place which.
It was wonderful to watch Justine Lorenz from Brightwaters win the Community Hero Award at this morning's NSW Women of the Year Awards. Justine wins top honour 6th March 2020
It was wonderful to watch Justine Lorenz from Brightwaters win the Community Hero Award at this morning's NSW Women of the Year Awards. .
Tribute to Erica Henley and Operation Hope 27th February 2020
I wish to acknowledge the wonderful work of Coal Point resident Erica Henley and a small group of volunteers behind Operation Hope in Lake Macquarie..
One of the new mobile phone detection cameras was set up in the Hunter Valley for nine days recently. It caught 370 drivers illegally using their Mobile phone detection cameras now in use 26th February 2020
One of the new mobile phone detection cameras was set up in the Hunter Valley for nine days recently. It caught 370 drivers illegally using their .
Public Interest Debate: NSW Bushfires 26th February 2020
In this day and age there are probably very few things that pique public interest as much as the threat of fire and the impact of the fires that have.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Tribute to Bob Marks and Karl Zalewski 25th February 2020
I wish to acknowledge Bob Marks and Karl Zalewski who have proven that good things can often come from heartbreaking tragedy. Last November,.
Great to see better facilities being provided at our local pools. I joined Mayor Kay Fraser at Speers Point pool this morning to check out the new shade A new look for Speers Point Pool 18th February 2020
Great to see better facilities being provided at our local pools. I joined Mayor Kay Fraser at Speers Point pool this morning to check out the new shade.
The recent deluge has restored some much-needed supplies in our local dams, so current water restrictions will be turned down a notch from Level 2 to Water restrictions to be eased 18th February 2020
The recent deluge has restored some much-needed supplies in our local dams, so current water restrictions will be turned down a notch from Level 2 to.
How good is this? I again extend my thanks to our 10 local RFS units and all our emergency services personnel who have worked tirelessly for months. All bushfires are now contained 14th February 2020
How good is this? I again extend my thanks to our 10 local RFS units and all our emergency services personnel who have worked tirelessly for months..
Coal ash is a building resource 13th February 2020
THE building industry could hold the key to the removal and rehabilitation of coal ash dams at Eraring and Vales Point power stations..
Website: Read original story here
Condolence motion: NSW bushfires 6th February 2020
It has indeed been the summer of heartache for the people of New South Wales. It has been a summer of unprecedented bushfire emergency .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Public Accounts Committee 5th February 2020
As Chair, I lead on the report entitled Examination of the Auditor's-General's Performance Audit Reports .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Academic questions 'harmless' seismic testing 4th February 2020
A Newcastle University professor has questioned Centennial Coal's claim that its seismic testing in Lake Macquarie will not harm marine animals..
Website: Read original story here
Flotilla of protesters may block seismic tests 4th February 2020
Concerned environmentalists and fishers could launch an on-water protest - possibly using a congregation of boats to prevent or hamper seismic testing.
Website: Read original story here
Question Time: Eraring Power Station 4th February 2020
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie) (15:08:39): My question is directed to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces. Given that the Independent .
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There's been a fair bit of coverage in the media about the $250 seniors travel card which I think has confused a lot of people. For the record, if you're $250 travel card available for seniors 3rd February 2020
There's been a fair bit of coverage in the media about the $250 seniors travel card which I think has confused a lot of people. For the record, if you're .
Piper wins call to delay seismic testing 1st February 2020
Centennial Coal has agreed to delay seismic testing in Lake Macquarie next week after an outcry from environmentalists and fishers and calls from MP Greg Piper.
Website: Read original story here
UPDATE: I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation and explanation. Delay sought to seismic testing in lake 31st January 2020
UPDATE: I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation and explanation..
**UPDATE** I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation Seismic mapping in Lake Macquarie 31st January 2020
**UPDATE** I’ve just had a call from Centennial CEO Peter Parry to inform me that testing will be delayed a week to allow for better consultation.
Fight against review of Warnervale airport grows 27th January 2020
AN unsuccessful TV SurvivorAustralia entrant will help review a NSW law blocking a controversial Central Coast regional airport plan that includes jets flying.
Website: Read original story here
A sensible solution for the disposal of contaminated soil 17th January 2020
Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper says residents will be the big winners out of the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision to change .
Breakthrough at Boolaroo for disposal of lead contaminated soil 17th January 2020
A decision to allow North Lake Macquarie landowners to dispose lead contaminated soil at Awaba tip has been heralded as a "great result"..
Website: Read original story here
A sensible outcome for the disposal of contaminated soil at Boolaroo has finally been decided. My media release explains the details: New deal to assist Boolaroo land owners 17th January 2020
A sensible outcome for the disposal of contaminated soil at Boolaroo has finally been decided. My media release explains the details:.
With Level 2 water restrictions commencing on Monday, we all need to be mindful about how much water we're using. Free shower timers available 15th January 2020
With Level 2 water restrictions commencing on Monday, we all need to be mindful about how much water we're using..
Controversial helipad approved for Trinity Point 14th January 2020
Helicopters could be touching down at Trinity Point Marina in a matter of months after Johnson Property Group landed approval for the controversial Lake.
Website: Read original story here
Our police Local Area Commander, Daniel Sullivan has advised that the Emergency Operations Centre will stand down at 6pm today. Fires now under control 5th January 2020
Our police Local Area Commander, Daniel Sullivan has advised that the Emergency Operations Centre will stand down at 6pm today. .
Extreme heat has seen the opening of our Emergency Operations Centre under the command of our local police chief, Daniel Sullivan. Emergency Operations Centre open 4th January 2020
Extreme heat has seen the opening of our Emergency Operations Centre under the command of our local police chief, Daniel Sullivan..
A lot of people having been giving their time to look after our local firefighters. Lots of others brought donations of water, assorted other drinks Community continues to rally 3rd January 2020
A lot of people having been giving their time to look after our local firefighters. Lots of others brought donations of water, assorted other drinks.
Amazing response from local residents through Wangi Men’s Shed, Wangi Lions and community volunteers to look after our emergency services Community gets behind our firefighters 3rd January 2020
Amazing response from local residents through Wangi Men’s Shed, Wangi Lions and community volunteers to look after our emergency services.
Wangi community rallies to feed firefighters 3rd January 2020
The Westlakes community has rallied to help feed firefighters battling the Wangi Wangi bushfire which has been ongoing since New Year's Eve..
Website: Read original story here
2019
With a bit of help from the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, Santa will be making his annual boat trek down the western side of the lake this afternoon. Santa set for his annual Lake cruise 24th December 2019
With a bit of help from the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, Santa will be making his annual boat trek down the western side of the lake this afternoon..
Lyn and I wanted to take this quick opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I must also thank all of my staff who've had a really busy Merry Christmas everyone! 20th December 2019
Lyn and I wanted to take this quick opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I must also thank all of my staff who've had a really busy.
Can you believe it's almost 30 years since the Newcastle earthquake? I know there are many, many Lake Macquarie residents with remarkable stories Preparations under way for earthquake commemoration 19th December 2019
Can you believe it's almost 30 years since the Newcastle earthquake? I know there are many, many Lake Macquarie residents with remarkable stories .
Congratulations to all our local students receiving their HSC results today. We all know how much work goes into it, so be proud of what you've Congrats to all our HSC students 17th December 2019
Congratulations to all our local students receiving their HSC results today. We all know how much work goes into it, so be proud of what you've .
With very hot days forecast for Thursday and Saturday, a total fire ban will be in effect throughout the entire State from midnight tonight. Statewide total fire ban now in force 17th December 2019
With very hot days forecast for Thursday and Saturday, a total fire ban will be in effect throughout the entire State from midnight tonight..
Devastating to hear that ABC Newcastle presenter Jill Emberson lost her very public battle with ovarian cancer overnight. Jill was incredibly Jill Emberson leaves a tremendous legacy 13th December 2019
Devastating to hear that ABC Newcastle presenter Jill Emberson lost her very public battle with ovarian cancer overnight. Jill was incredibly .
Piper happy with Myuna Bay deal 13th December 2019
The NSW government will build a new sport and recreation centre in south-west Lake Macquarie, but not with taxpayer funds. .
Website: Read original story here
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.
Piper strikes agreement on Myuna Bay 12th December 2019
Origin Energy is set to pick up a multi-million dollar bill to build a new sport and recreation centre in Lake Macquarie after the NSW government finally announced the defunct Myuna Bay centre would not be reopening..
Website: Read original story here
Piper welcomes agreement on Myuna Bay 12th December 2019
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has welcomed an agreement on the future of Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre. .
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..
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..
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..
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.
Website: Read original story here
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.
New Wangi jetty to be opened mid-March 25th November 2019
THE new public jetty under construction at Wangi Wangi is on track to be completed by March next year..
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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)..
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..
Wyee Point Rural Fire Brigade 21st November 2019
I was very honoured to attend the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Wyee Point Rural Fire Brigade last month, and even more honoured to catch up with the brigade's founder and inaugural president Graeme King..
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Public Accounts Committee - Post-Election Report 20th November 2019
This was the third post-election report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer, with other reports having come following the 2011 and 2015 elections. And we now have this report after the 2019 election..
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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!.
Cricket deaths prompt calls for defibrilators 14th November 2019
There’s calls for all regional sportsgrounds to have defibrillators, following the death of two men playing in two separate cricket matches in Newcastle over the weekend..
Website: Read original story here
Tribute to Avondale University College 14th November 2019
Avondale College has been an important and integral part of the Lake Macquarie community for more than 122 years, but I’m very pleased to inform the House that the college is now known as the Avondale University College..
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
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.
Catastrophic fire conditions 12th November 2019
I speak to this very important public interest debate on the fires and critical, unique situation we are experiencing in New South Wales right now. This situation .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
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 .
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.
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..
Piper welcomes funding for flood management 31st October 2019
THE state government has given Lake Macquarie City Council $201,000 for local floodplain management and development of a new flood alert system..
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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.
$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.
Detection cameras coming to the Hunter 28th October 2019
Hunter motorists can "absolutely" expect to be targeted by the NSW government's mobile phone detection cameras this summer, Centre for Road Safety director Bernard Carlon says..
Website: Read original story here
State funding for new flood alert system 28th October 2019
THE state government has given Lake Macquarie City Council $201,000 for local floodplain management and development of a new flood alert system..
Website: Read original story here
Plastic Shopping Bags (Prohibition on Supply by Retailers) Bill 2019 24th October 2019
This is a really important issue and it is something that I have been involved with for very many years. It was almost literally a slap in the face when I came to understand the extent of the problem of plastics in our environment. .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Coal ash strategy 22nd October 2019
Given that coal-fired power stations in New South Wales produce up to an estimated 8 million tonnes of coal ash every year, yet typically repurpose less than 30 per cent of it, will the Minister act to.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Music Festivals Bill 2019 22nd October 2019
The bill does not address the elephant in the room. In fact, it does not address a number of elephants in the room. I am concerned the bill will long be remembered for what it does not achieve rather than what it does. .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Coal Point Naturespace and Community Hub 17th October 2019
I wish to congratulate the Coal Point community and public school which recently secured more than $198,000 in funding to create a local Naturespace and community hub..
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Motorcycle Awareness Month 17th October 2019
Motorcycle Awareness Month was officially launched this morning in The Domain off Hospital Road. I attend the annual ride by the Motorcycle Council of NSW to officially launch Motorcycle Awareness Month with parliamentarians each year..
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Tribute to Toronto Community Kitchen 16th October 2019
Every night in Lake Macquarie, an estimated 400 people are experiencing homelessness and do not have access to a proper meal. I am very grateful to organisations such as the Development and Relief Agency.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Wyee Rural Fire Brigade 16th October 2019
I always enjoy catching up with firefighters in the Lake Macquarie area, particularly at significant events such as the recent official opening of the brigade's new station, where I had the privilege of representing the emergency services Minister..
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
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.
Road Transport Amendment (Mobile Phone Detection) Bill 2019 15th October 2019
Between 2012 and 2016, 21 people were killed and 307 were seriously injured in road accidents in Lake Macquarie and between 2017 and 2018 a further 18 were killed. .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Tribute to Jack Callaghan 15th October 2019
I wish to acknowledge the efforts of Morisset teenager Jack Callaghan who recently became the youngest ever winner of Newcastle Harness Racing’s driver’s premiership..
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
MPs back phone crackdown on drivers 3rd October 2019
HUNTER state MPs have backed a NSW government proposal to use detection cameras on roads throughout the state in order to curb motorists using mobile phones behind the wheel..
Website: Read original story here
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 .
Community has its say on Morisset's Cedar Mill plan 30th September 2019
PLANS for the proposed redevelopment of Morisset golf course have drawn surprisingly few submissions during public exhibition but transport and access issues have been highlighted as primary areas of concern..
Website: Read original story here
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.
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..
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..
Remediation of LT Creek at Fassifern 26th September 2019
LT Creek is a relatively short but significant waterway that flows into Lake Macquarie via Fennell Bay in my electorate. It is an important and substantial local catchment which has become significantly impacted by sedimentation over time..
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Tribute to Brian Finlay 26th September 2019
I wish to acknowledge a wonderful member of the Dora Creek community who caused quite a stir last week when he hung up his butcher’s apron for a life in retirement..
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.
Right to Farm Bill 2019 25th September 2019
I believe property owners generally have a fundamental right to keep unwanted, uninvited and sometimes militant trespassers off their property, regardless of whether they are on a 1,000 hectare farm in the Hunter Valley or further west or living in a one bedroom unit in Surry Hills..
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State to spend $1.8m on test wells for lead contamination 21st September 2019
THE state government will install wells to investigate groundwater quality in areas of Lake Macquarie where black slag was historically dumped..
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Groundwater wells will investigate extent of Pasminco's 'black slag' 20th September 2019
Environment Minister Matt Kean and Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced work is under way to install wells to investigate groundwater quality in areas around Lake Macquarie where black slag was historically dumped..
Dora Creek Swampies 19th September 2019
I wish to acknowledge and congratulate the Dora Creek Swampies who broke a 13-year drought at the weekend and won Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League’s A-grade grand final. .
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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 .
Work to start on new Wangi jetty 19th September 2019
DEMOLITION of the dilapidated public jetty behind Wangi Wangi RSL Club is scheduled to start on Monday. The jetty has been closed for more than two years..
Website: Read original story here
Tribute to Lynne Turner 18th September 2019
I wish to acknowledge the wonderful community spirit of Lynne Turner from Coal Point. Lynne has been an active member of the Lake Macquarie Garden Club for 16 years and has served several terms on the executive committee .
Website: Read original story here
Lake Macquarie air quality 17th September 2019
My question is directed to the Minister for Energy and Environment. Given his support for additional air quality monitoring in Sydney, will the Minister now give consideration to installing independently observed air quality monitors in Lake Macquarie to validate those operated by.
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Expert slams 'irrational' decision to shut Myuna Bay 14th September 2019
A LEADING Australian geo-technical engineer has made a scathing assessment of the controversial closure of Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre describing it as "totally irrational" and "ill considered"..
Website: Read original story here
Why did they close Myuna Bay? 14th September 2019
WHY did the NSW Government close Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre in a lightning raid in March? That is the question posed by Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper.
Website: Read original story here
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.
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 .
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..
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.
Have your say on major plans for Morisset Country Club site 30th August 2019
With the covers coming off an ambitious plan for the privately-owned Morisset Country Club site today, Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has urged the local community to have their say and get involved in the assessment process..
Stage set for $235m redevelopment of Morisset golf course 30th August 2019
MORISSET golf course could be transformed into a major tourism and event venue capable of hosting the world's biggest bands under plans unveiled by a local developer..
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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 .
Community group pleased by council's Bath St backflip 28th August 2019
A community group which rallied in opposition to Lake Macquarie council's plans for a six-storey development on Toronoto foreshore says it is "pleased" the project has been halted and there will now be an opportunity to have a say on the future of the waterfront site..
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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..
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.
Pasminco administrator comes under attack in Parliament 22nd August 2019
PASMINCO administrator Ferrier Hodgson came under blistering attack in NSW parliament on Wednesday accused of "maladministration" and "failing" in its job to manage the troubled Boolaroo site..
Website: Read original story here
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.
Boolaroo bonanza: IKEA, Costco land deals 'back on the table' 21st August 2019
The NSW government is set to acquire the former Pasminco site at Boolaroo, paving the way for Costco, IKEA and residential developments and potentially unlocking more than $1.8 billion in economic benefit..
Website: Read original story here
Lake Macquarie Smelter Site (Perpetual Care Of Land) Bill 2019 21st August 2019
I could not be happier to be speaking in debate on the very important Lake Macquarie Smelter Site (Perpetual Care of Land) Bill 2019. I acknowledge that the Minister is in the chair .
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Public Accounts Committee 21st August 2019
As Chair I am proud to contribute to the take-note debate on the wonderful history of the Public Accounts Committee 1902 – 2018, which I am sure every member in this House would have read..
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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.
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 and investment.
Green thumb Lynne Turner honoured with two awards 15th August 2019
ONE of the driving forces behind Lake Macquarie Garden Club and its fundraising work for the Hunter Medical Research Institute has been honoured with two awards..
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Lone councillor back's Piper's waterfront plan 10th August 2019
Independent Lake Macquarie councillor Wendy Harrison believes the council should reconsider its plans for a six-storey development on Toronto foreshore in light of opposition to the project. .
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Fresh ideas for Toronto waterfront 9th August 2019
Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has sensationally called for Lake Macquarie City Council to scrap its plans to build a potential six-storey mixed-use development on Toronto foreshore..
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Hunter MPs back abortion bill 9th August 2019
PRO-choice parliamentarians and voters say they are "relieved" after lower house MPs passed a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW..
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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 .
Toronto's waterfront needs a park, not high-rise development 8th August 2019
Plans for a six-storey development on a prime waterfront site at Toronto should be scrapped and reconsidered, Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said. .
Tribute to Oliver Croft 8th August 2019
I wish to acknowledge a wonderful young student from Blackalls Park Public School who has shown a great deal of initiative in improving his school and local community. .
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Tribute to Enid Webster 7th August 2019
I‘d like to wish Lake Macquarie resident Enid Webster all the very best when she competes in this Sunday’s City To Surf at the spritely age of 98..
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Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 6th August 2019
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie) (16:58): As a co-sponsor of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019, I support it. I was not on the working committee that drafted the bill, .
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Sessional orders 1st August 2019
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie) (15:48): I feel compelled to contribute to this debate. Generally, I support the recommendations. I acknowledge everyone who sat around the committee table during a substantial number of meetings. .
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More work needed on dam risk 31st July 2019
A State Government-commissioned review has found the risk of a NSW coal ash dam wall collapsing in an earthquake is "reasonable", but more work to determine the level of risk is needed..
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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. .
Myuna Bay in limbo for another two months 31st July 2019
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has expressed his frustration at the independent review into the report used to close Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre, saying it will mean further months in limbo for the centre and its staff..
No easy answer in dam review 31st July 2019
A review of technical advice used by the Office of Sport to close Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre has recommended "further analysis" to "allow better determination" of the risks to the centre from Eraring power station's ash dam in the event of a major earthquake..
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Awaba Mountain Bike Park 30th July 2019
There are a thousand good reasons to visit Lake Macquarie but tonight I will inform the House about just one of them. A week ago I visited the Awaba Mountain Bike Park,.
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Hunter MPs put abortion on State Parliament's agenda 30th July 2019
MAITLAND MP Jenny Aitchison will never forget being a teenager and watching her friend having to travel many hours for an abortion..
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Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centrre 30th July 2019
My question is directed to the Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans. Following the Minister's call for an independent review of the closure of Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre, .
Website: Read full parliamentary debate here
Historic abortion bill to be introduced into NSW Parliament 29th July 2019
Fifteen MPs from across the political divide are co-sponsoring a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW, in a historic move that has never been done in the state's lower house..
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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..
Hunter could lose 5000 jobs in mining downturn 22nd July 2019
THE shift away from coal towards other energy sources is inevitable. And, that is why the NSW Government has established an enquiry to help investigate how this can best be accomplished..
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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.
MPs want energy debate that won't pit coal communities against climate activists 17th July 2019
A NSW parliamentary inquiry is seeking an ideology-free debate on the state's future energy needs and resources to avoid "pitting coal communities against climate .
NSW inquiry to set road map for transitioning coal communities 17th July 2019
Plotting NSW's transition away from coal will be the subject of a parliamentary inquiry, including how the state can make the most of renewable energy supplies..
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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, .
Revealed: How the Office of Sport ignored advice to close Myuna Bay 17th July 2019
It was a phone call Neil O'Toole will never forget. "He said they were closing the camp this afternoon." It was Friday, March 29, and Mr O'Toole and 200 others were deep into the second day of an international waterskiing competition at the centre. .
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Popular addition to Awaba Public School 11th July 2019
THE new play area at Awaba Public School has been so popular that principal Alison Tiplady joked that a roster system might be required to ensure all children had access to the equipment..
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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'.
Trouble in paradise over short-term rentals 8th July 2019
Independent MP Greg Piper has called on the NSW government to implement a code of conduct on the short-term rental industry as more neighbourhood horror stories unfold on the Lake Macquarie waterfront..
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Minister wants Myuna Bay Sport and Rec centre back open 27th June 2019
New Sports Minister John Sidoti says he would "love to see" the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre reopen..
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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.
Hoop dreams: Newcastle to ramp up bid for WNBL team at new stadium 20th June 2019
NEWCASTLE Basketball officials will resume their quest to launch a team in the Women's National Basketball League after confirmation on Tuesday that they have secured state-government funding for a new $25 million stadium at Hillsborough..
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Court to consider Trinity Point helipad proposal after talks break down 19th June 2019
CONFIDENTIAL talks between Lake Macquarie City Council and Johnson Property Group about the developer's plans to add a helipad to the marina at Trinity Point, in Morisset Park, have failed to land at "agreement or resolution"..
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Government delivers on funding promises in Budget 19th June 2019
Millions of dollars promised to a range of projects in the Lake Macquarie electorate were confirmed in Tuesday's state Budget, Independent Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper said..
Nurses' union meets MPs in Sydney to discuss fears for Kanangra 19th June 2019
NEW Disabilities Minister Gareth Ward met a Hunter delegation on Wednesday over the government's plan to close the Stockton Centre, Kanangra and Tomaree Lodge and to house the remaining 300 or so residents in group homes..
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Budget delivers 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..
Lake Macquarie Electorate Railway Station Car Parking 18th June 2019
One of the great things about living in the Lake Macquarie electorate is that most people live within a reasonably short distance of a local rail station. Situated on the Main Northern rail line.
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Local Government Amendment Bill 2019 18th June 2019
I have a little bit of experience with council — 21 years on Lake Macquarie City Council and eight years and five months as the popularly elected mayor, not that I am counting. .
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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. .
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. .
Construction begins on Wyee Station upgrade 13th June 2019
Construction on the outdated Wyee train station began this week. The upgrade, funded by the NSW government, will improve the station's accessibility..
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Nurses' union wants Hunter group house selection process to stop 13th June 2019
FAMILY and Community Services management will meet with nursing staff at the Stockton Centre on Tuesday after an industrial commission hearing yesterday with the nurses' union..
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Construction work starts on Wyee station upgrade 12th June 2019
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has welcomed the start of major construction work today on the upgrade of Wyee Station..
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 .
Anger as staff left on leave as contractors brought in at Myuna 10th June 2019
The NSW Office of Sport has engaged contractors to complete maintenance work at Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre in a move that has enraged the staff union..
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Work begins on $4m improvements to Wyee Road 10th June 2019
THE next stage of $4-million works to improve Wyee Road has started, with motorists being urged to observe the reduced speed limits..
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MP calls for apology from Origin Energy 7th June 2019
LAKE MACQUARIE MP Greg Piper has called on Origin Energy to issue an apology to the community over the closure of Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre..
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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.
Petition: Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation centre 6th June 2019
On March 29, the NSW Office of Sport, in a morning raid, directed that the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre close and that all visitors and staff be off-site .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
Union backs Myuna Bay debate 6th June 2019
MYUNA Bay Sport and Recreation Centre employees affectedby the centre's sudden closure will travel to State Parliament on Thursday for a debate arguing for it to be reopened..
Fair Trading Amendment (Cash Loan Machines) Bill 2019 30th May 2019
We know that payday lending involves not only vending machines but also online payday loans and bricks-and-mortar establishments. .
Website: Read full parliamentary debate here
Morisset Country Club 30th May 2019
To the disappointment of many in my community, the curtain has come down somewhat unexpectedly on Morisset Country Club, .
Website: Read full parliamentary debate here
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..
Ageing and Disability Commissioner Bill 2019 29th May 2019
In the past few years the media has exposed some shocking and horrifying circumstances to the community and to members in this place. .
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Curtain comes down on 50 years of history 28th May 2019
THE end has come early for Morisset Country Club which shut its doors and ceased trading on Sunday after 50 years in the town..
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Question time: Myuna Bay 28th May 2019
With the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre closed without warning during the caretaker period at the behest of Origin Energy .
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.
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.
Morisset Country Club to close 21st May 2019
MORISSET Country Club members will lobby local and state politicians in the hope that public pressure convinces owners Drysdale Metals to abandon plans to close the "community hub"..
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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..
World Ovarian Cancer Day 9th May 2019
Over a relatively short period warriors have been out there championing the cause and have done an amazing job in raising awareness of this insidious disease..
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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..
Piper slams Origin Energy in Parliament over Myuna Bay closure 8th May 2019
LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper has slammed Origin Energy for not publicising its concerns about Eraring Power Station's ash dam while seeking approval for a major extension of the dam..
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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..
Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre 7th May 2019
Today I tabled a petition signed by more than 18,000 people who are shocked, angered and bewildered by a decision to immediately evacuate and close the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre on 29 March.
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
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..
Minister orders independent review of shock Myuna Bay decision 3rd May 2019
NSW Minister for Sport John Sidoti has promised a "frank and fearless" independent review of the shock decision to close Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre..
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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..
Sports Minister joins workers and community reps at Myuna Bay 3rd May 2019
NSW Minister for Sport John Sidoti joined Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper outside Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre this morning to discuss the centre’s recent closure by the Office of Sport..
More than 16,000 signatures collected on Myuna Bay petition 2nd May 2019
More than 16,000 petition signatures have been collected by Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper calling for Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre to be reopened. .
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Sailing regatta raises $40,000 2nd May 2019
CANCER survivor Shaun Lewicki understands better than most the relief that comes from having the lawns mowed, and the house cleaned, while being laid up at home battling the disease..
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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..
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..
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..
New $300,000 Marine Rescue vessel unveiled 27th April 2019
Boaters will be safer on Lake Macquarie and offshore with the addition of a new $300,000 fast response search and rescue vessel to the Marine Rescue NSW fleet, Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said today. .
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. .
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?.
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..
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..
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.
'Low chance' of ash dam failure means Wangi Rd stays open 12th April 2019
NO ACTION will be taken by the NSW government with Wangi Road, despite the threat from Eraring power station's ash dam that forced the closure of Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre..
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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. .
Two-year safeguard on Myuna Bay buildings 11th April 2019
THERE will be no demolition works carried out at Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre for at least two years. Member for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, said he had sought and received such an assurance from the Office of Sport this week..
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Accessibility upgrades at local stations 10th April 2019
ACCESSIBILITY upgrades at two Hunter train stations are a step closer after the awarding of design contracts to Gartner Rose..
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Builder contracted for Wyee Station upgrade 8th April 2019
THREE lifts and the installation of CCTC will be features of the Wyee Station upgrade which is expected to start in the coming months after Transport for NSW awarded a works contract to construction firm Gartner Rose..
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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. .
Work to start on 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..
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.
Earthquake at Myuna would be 'one-in-5000-year event' 4th April 2019
The federal government agency responsible for geoscience in Australia says an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 por above could occur once every 5000 years or longer in Lake Macquarie..
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Piper launches petition to save Myuna Bay 4th April 2019
LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper has launched a petition to have the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre reopened after the shock closure of the facility on Friday..
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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”. .
Office of Sport under fire over Myuna closure 3rd April 2019
The NSW Office of Sport has come under fire on multiple fronts over its handling of the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre closure, with MPs, union officials and former staff blasting the state government agency. .
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Why weren't they told? 3rd April 2019
There has been outrage over the sudden closure of one of Lake Macquarie's best known community assets and many questions remain unanswered. But considering what we do know, the NSW Office of Sport's decision to close Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre "effective immediately" on Friday simply does not add up..
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Furious Piper seeks answers from Premier 2nd April 2019
ROADS and Maritime Services has not been contacted about the apparent stability concerns of Eraring power station's ash dam, despite Wangi Road lying closer to the dam wall than the now closed Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre. .
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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.
Community sees red over Myuna Bay closure 1st April 2019
The fallout is continuing from the sudden closure of a New South Wales Office of Sport and Recreation centre, south of Newcastle..
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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.
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..
Piper furious over Myuna Bay closure 29th March 2019
LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper has criticised Origin Energy for failing to consult with the public before recommending the closure of Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre, saying the community had been "blindsided"..
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Statement regarding Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre 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..
Hope floats for new Wangi jetty 28th March 2019
WANGI RSL Club is willing Lake Macquarie City Council to deliver on its plan to replace the dilapidated public jetty behind the venue by next summer..
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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.
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.
Piper returned for fourth term with huge swing 26th March 2019
RE-ELECTED Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper said the electorate was well placed to receive more "good things" from Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her government. The Independent member was returned by voters for a fourth term at Saturday's state election..
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Premier seals support of three key Independents 26th March 2019
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian secured the support of three independent MPs, giving her re-elected Coalition government a comfortable parliamentary buffer against a demoralised Labor opposition..
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'Clean up the bearpit', say Independents 25th March 2019
THE at-times vicious NSW parliament "bear pit" is headed for extinction, with a victorious Gladys Berejiklian vowing to clean up the chamber and apply higher standards to the state's politicians..
Speaker's role is no priority for Piper 25th March 2019
Re-elected Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper said he would consider taking the role of Parliamentary Speaker if he was approached, but his first priority remains his electorate. .
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Work to start soon on Wangi jetty 25th March 2019
WANGI RSL Club is willing Lake Macquarie City Council to deliver on its plan to replace the dilapidated public jetty behind the venue by next summer. The jetty has been closed for almost two years, and the club's operations manager Wayne Izzard said it was hitting local businesses hard..
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Premier says she won't take Independents for granted 24th March 2019
Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she will not take the state's three independent MPs for granted as she prepares to govern with a slim majority after claiming victory on Saturday night. The Coalition was returned to power for a historic third term after Labor leader Michael Daley's disastrous final campaign week, which saw the party's vote collapse in Sydney and regional seats..
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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.
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.
Piper may call the tune 22nd March 2019
He is already among the Hunter's most successful and experienced political operators but Greg Piper's biggest moment may be yet to come. If the predictions are accurate and NSW has a hung parliament following Saturday's state election, the Member for Lake Macquarie is likely to find himself in a position of rare influence..
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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 .
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..
Labor scaremongering on Morisset Hospital site 19th March 2019
Mr Piper labelled Ms Smith's remarks about a Morisset Hospital sell-off as "unwarranted speculation" that risked the peace of mind of patients at the hospital. "I'm disappointed that this speculation has been raised again, particularly on the eve of an election," Mr Piper said..
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Piper's push to open Morisset Police Station 24/7 18th March 2019
INDEPENDENT state MP Greg Piper said he had been campaigning for Morisset Police Station to be open 24 hours, seven days a week..
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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..
Piper welcomes $25m for indoor sports stadium 14th March 2019
THE state government has committed to building a $25-million indoor sports stadium in Lake Macquarie if re-elected at the March 23 poll. The 10-court facility would be built at Hillsborough on 6.7 hectares of land donated by Lake Macquarie City Council..
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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..
Piper backs heavy metal review of Lake Mac 13th March 2019
LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper has backed calls for an independent peer review of a damning report into heavy metals entering the Lake Macquarie system from two ageing coal-fired power stations..
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Piper welcomes $25m commitment to new indoor sports stadium 13th March 2019
Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has welcomed a $25m commitment to building a new indoor sports centre at Hillsborough..
Piper wept for former schoolmates who didn't survive 13th March 2019
LAKE Macquarie MP and former Hunter Catholic school student Greg Piper wept tears of anger and grief on Wednesday after disgraced cardinal George Pell was jailed for child sex crimes..
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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 second office is at COORANBONG Community Centre which is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Thursday, and from 8am to 4pm on Friday. Let's keep working together for Lake Macquarie! 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 second office is at COORANBONG Community Centre which is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Thursday, and from 8am to 4pm on Friday. Let's keep working together for Lake Macquarie!.
Independents' push on coal, climate action 7th March 2019
NSW is headed towards the Left on renewable energy and policy around coal-fired power stations if a minority government is formed, after three independents who could be crucial to a hung parliament wrote to the Premier and Opposition Leader demanding action­ on climate change..
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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. .
The kingmaker? How Greg Piper could decide the 2019 NSW election 6th March 2019
On a scraggly, out-of-the way property near an industrial lot in Morisset on the New South Wales central coast, the independent MP for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, is tending to his bees..
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$800,000 for upgrade at Heritage College 5th March 2019
THE state government will contribute $800,000 towards the $2-million upgrade of Heritage College Lake Macquarie at Morisset. The funding will enable the construction of a secondary student classroom block with four general learning areas, storage, verandahs and staff administration areas. .
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Independents join forces on climate change 2nd March 2019
Three independent MPs who could become kingmakers in the event of a hung parliament have put climate change, and “future-proofing” the environment and economy, at the forefront of their agenda. Sydney’s Alex Greenwich, Lake Macquarie’s Greg Piper and .
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Lake MP says Hunter must prepare for coal transition 2nd March 2019
A plan by NSW independent MPs Alex Greenwich, Joe McGirr and Greg Piper to introduce an adjustment strategy for coal mining-affected communities will be launched on Sunday..
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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.
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..
Car parks needed at Morisset, Cardiff and Fassifern stations, says Piper 21st February 2019
LAKE MACQUARIE state MP Greg Piper has released concept designs for a possible multi-level car park at Morisset train station. .
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The multi-level car park Morisset 'needs' 21st February 2019
MEMBER for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has challenged the state government to build a multi-level car park at Morisset Station..
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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 from the station.
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 from the station. .
Multi-level car parks needed at rail 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, Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said..
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..
Blow to Gladys as door ajar for ALP 8th February 2019
Greg Piper, the independent ­expected to prop up NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in a minority government result at next month's election, has opened the door to sup­porting a Labor minority ­government..
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State Independents say lock-out laws should be wound back 8th February 2019
Independents and minor parties in the NSW lower house, who stand to be empowered in the event of a tight vote in the March election, are increasingly of the view Sydney’s CBD and Kings Cross lock-out laws should be wound back..
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Work to start on art gallery expansion 8th February 2019
A $2.3 million expansion of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery will start next month, forcing the closure of the award-winning facility from March 31 to September..
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Hospital roos are on the mend 7th February 2019
KANGAROOS at Morisset Hospital were returning to their natural behaviour and avoiding mistreatment since Hunter New England Area Health closed the hospital site to busloads of tourists, Member for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, said..
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Millions roll in to clear school maintenance backlog 6th February 2019
THE state government has allocated an extra $6 million to be spent on school maintenance – an allocation that will enable the backlog of works required on schools in the Lake Macquarie electorate to be cleared by July next year..
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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..
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.
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. .
$6m to clear local school maintenance backlogs 31st January 2019
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has 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. .
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.
Piper announces start to Wyee Station plans 23rd January 2019
PLANS for the significant upgrade of Wyee Station have been formally approved with on-site groundwork investigations to start in March. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said the upgrade would include lifts to the platforms, providing access for customers with a disability, limited .
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Wyee Station upgrade a step closer 23rd January 2019
Upgrades for Wyee station are a step closer with plans formally approved. On-site ground work is set to begin in March, with works including a lifts to the platforms and improved access..
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Work to start 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. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper announced today that the upgrade will include lifts to the platforms, providing access for customers with a disability,.
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 those travelling with luggage.
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 those travelling with luggage. .
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 .
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..
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. .
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 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.
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..
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.
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.
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,.
Work on Morisset intersection finished ahead of schedule 18th 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..
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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..
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..
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..
Fishery Point Road traffic lights to be switched on next Thursday 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..
Let there be (traffic) lights! 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..
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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.
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..
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..
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.
Public access to Morisset Hospital grounds to be restricted 28th November 2018
THE signage hasn’t worked. Maybe locked gates and a suite of security measures will. Public access to Morisset Hospital will soon be restricted due to health and safety concerns..
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HooRoo: Morisset's kangaroos to be off limits to tourists 27th November 2018
Public access to Morisset Hospital and its world famous kangaroo population will soon be restricted due to health and safety concerns. The action follows a number of incidents where members of the public have been seriously injured by kangaroos, .
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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..
Morisset Hospital to be closed to the public to protect kangaroos and patients 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. Following a working group committee decision involving local MP Greg Piper,.
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..
Website: Read the Parliamentary Hansard here
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,.
Action needed on Morisset kangaroos 21st November 2018
MEMBER for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, said an announcement would be made soon on a plan to better secure and manage Morisset Hospital and the kangaroos in the grounds..
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Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Bill 2018; National Disability Insurance Scheme (Worker Checks) Bill 2018 21st November 2018
I will not accept that there has been a unanimous view but there are certainly people who believe that there needs to be reform in this space. The people I spoke to could not articulate whether this is exactly what they want. I think the impact on the Aboriginal community makes the issue much more sensitive..
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Coal Point Progress Association President Suzanne Pritchard 21st November 2018
I acknowledge the work of Suzanne Pritchard, who epitomises the wonderful community spirit we enjoy in Lake Macquarie. Suzanne has been the President of the Coal Point Progress Association for 23 years.
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Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Amendment (Snowy 2.0) Bill 2018 21st November 2018
The extra capacity of Snowy 2.0 will provide about 2,000 megawatts of energy to the national energy market, making it the third largest individual generator behind Eraring and Bayswater in the Hunter Valley. It is extremely important to securing the State's energy supply .
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
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..
Lake Macquarie groups to share in $330,000 in funding 20th November 2018
Goal posts will be erected, carpet replaced, a car park repaired, and a pre-school upgraded thanks to a record $330,000 in state government funding to be shared by organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate. .
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$330,000 for Lake Macquarie community 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..
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. .
Ovarian Cancer 13th November 2018
Today on average, three Australian women will die from ovarian cancer. Roughly four more women will be diagnosed and of those, two will be fortunate if they are alive five years from now. There is no proven method of prevention of ovarian cancer. .
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Behaviour in the NSW bearpit 'a disgrace and embarrassment' 12th November 2018
The events that led to the resignation of Luke Foley as leader of the Opposition deserve to become more than just another twist in the soap opera that NSW politics appears to have become..
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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. .
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Service NSW to set up shop in Toronto 9th November 2018
THE state government has announced a new Service NSW Centre will be up and running in Toronto Town Square, on The Boulevarde, in the first half of 2019..
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Location confirmed for Toronto Service NSW 8th November 2018
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello and Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced the location for the new Service NSW Centre at Toronto..
Piper announces location for Service NSW 8th November 2018
Service NSW will set up shop in Toronto Town Square on The Boulevarde, the Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello and Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper announced on Thursday..
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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.
Three lifts in new Wyee Station design 8th November 2018
THREE lifts are a key feature of the initial designs released this week for the Wyee Station makeover..
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Wyee station upgrade planned 7th November 2018
Wyee Railway station is to get a major upgrade including three new lifts. Other improvements proposed include accessible pathways, an additional accessible parking space, a new kiss-and-ride space and a new family accessible restroom. .
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Have your say on Wyee station plan 6th November 2018
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has invited the Wyee community to learn more about the proposed upgrade to Wyee Station. The new station is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program..
Three lifts in new Wyee Station design 6th November 2018
TRANSPORT for NSW has released a concept design of what Wyee train station could look like after its proposed accessibility upgrades. The project was announced as part of the state budget in June and is set to include three new lifts, accessible pathways, an additional accessible parking space, a kiss-and-ride space and a family restroom. .
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Walk raises $5000 for ovarian cancer research 6th November 2018
The first Teal Sisters Walk at Lake Macquarie has raised more than $5000 for Ovarian Cancer Australia. The event was organised by Wangi Wangi women Liz Wright who last year was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic ovarian cancer, the deadliest women’s cancer..
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Designs for Wyee Station released 5th November 2018
THREE lifts are a key feature of the initial designs released this week for the Wyee Station makeover. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has invited the Wyee community to learn more about the proposed upgrade this Thursday, November 8, from 5pm to 7pm. .
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,.
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..
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.
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. .
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. .
Lake Macquarie Police Numbers 24th October 2018
Given the Police Association says that an additional 2,500 police officers are urgently required in New South Wales, will the Government deliver those extra police, allowing for increased attention for growth areas such as southern Lake Macquarie and the 24/7 operation of Morisset Police Station?.
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
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..
South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club 24th October 2018
I acknowledge the South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club at Sunshine and the extraordinary efforts of the club's volunteers. The club recently hosted the NSW Youth Sailing Championships for the second year in a row.
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Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 23rd October 2018
I note the work that the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team has done in this area. I must say that I was astounded to learn that in 25 per cent of domestic violence homicides, the victim had been subjected to strangulation or choking in violent incidents by a domestic partner long before they were actually killed by that domestic partner..
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
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. .
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.
How Lake Macquarie inspired Ian Kiernan to greatness 19th October 2018
IAN Kiernan, the round-the-world sailor who founded the Clean Up Australia organisation, has died, aged 78. Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper said Mr Kiernan’s passing would reverberate through the .
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Invictus Games 18th October 2018
I believe that every person in New South Wales supports the Invictus Games and what they stand for. I believe that members of the Opposition would not have it in their hearts to refuse to support injured returned servicemen. I came into the Chamber when a division was being conducted on the procedural motion for a matter to be given precedence. .
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Local tributes for Ian Kiernan 18th October 2018
IAN Kiernan, the round-the-world sailor who founded the Clean Up Australia organisation, has died, aged 78. Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper said Mr Kiernan’s passing would reverberate through the region, where Mr Piper said the seeds that would bloom into Clean Up Australia Day took root. .
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Tribute to Ian Kiernan AO 18th October 2018
On Tuesday night, with the death of Ian Bruce Carrick Kiernan, AO, New South Wales and Australia lost a great champion for the environment, for his community and, dare I say, a great bloke. I offer sincere sympathy and commiserations for their loss to Ian's wife,.
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$3m expansion for Speers Point football centre 17th October 2018
LAKE Macquarie Regional Football Facility will undergo a $3m upgrade that will include an education centre and improvements designed to increase the chances of hosting national and international events..
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Generosity of Lake residents recognised in Parliament 17th October 2018
MEMBER for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has spoken proudly in State Parliament of the generous response from his constituents to drought relief efforts for farmers. The Independent MP praised Wangi Wangi for its efforts. .
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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..
Piper pays tribute to Ian Kiernan 17th October 2018
IAN Kiernan, the round-the-world sailor who founded the Clean Up Australia organisation, has died, aged 78. Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper said Mr Kiernan's passing would reverberate through the region, where Mr Piper said the seeds that would bloom into Clean Up Australia Day took root. .
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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..
Civil Liability Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse Liability) Bill 2018 16th October 2018
The bill does a number of things, but I will not go through all of them because they have been so well articulated by others in great detail. The bill creates a duty on organisations to prevent child abuse and to create a legal presumption that an organisation has breached the duty if a child for which it has responsibility .
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Youth services and diversionary initiatives in Lake Macquarie 16th October 2018
We often hear that it takes a village to raise a child. While I am not sure that the adage is entirely true all the time, it is certainly true when it comes to protecting, growing and encouraging vulnerable young people in our local communities. .
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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. .
Funding for Lake Macquarie Football 11th October 2018
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald and Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced a $2.25 million grant for Stage Two of the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility from the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund..
Kicking goals: $3m upgrade for football centre 11th October 2018
LAKE Macquarie Regional Football Facility will undergo a $3m upgrade that will include an education centre and improvements designed to increase the chances of hosting national and international events..
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Toronto's new fire tanker flush with hi-tech features 11th October 2018
AT its core it is a fire truck – or fire tanker, to be precise – capable of carrying four firefighters and 4000 litres to fires in suburbia and in the bush..
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Clouds gather over Costco's Boolaroo plans 10th October 2018
Retail giant Costco has scrapped plans for a store at the former Pasminco site. Sources with knowledge of Costco’s plan to buy land from administrator Ferrier Hodgson told the Newcastle Herald on Tuesday the bulk retailer had walked away from the trading table..
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New fire tankers for Toronto and Killingworth 10th October 2018
Firefighting efforts across the Lake Macquarie region have been fortified today with the arrival of a $310,000 Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) tanker to Toronto Fire Station..
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..
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..
Funding takes aim at plastic waste 9th October 2018
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has secured a $150,000 grant for an innovative Hunter-based pilot project which will continue the war on plastic waste in the region..
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.
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 .
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,.
Battle for parking at Cardiff to continue 28th September 2018
WALLSEND MP Sonia Hornery says the state government’s failure to act on parking issues at Cardiff train station “is dogging our commuters and turning them off using public transport”. Ms Hornery made the comments in state parliament on Thursday during the continuation of a motion debate regarding the station’s long-running parking woes..
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Parking at Cardiff Railway Station 27th September 2018
We want to see people use public transport, and I am sure the Government shares that view. I suggest to the Government, though, that it would not want to invest in public transport that people do not use. I recognise that there is conflict associated with the interchange project, .
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The battle for parking at Cardiff 27th September 2018
WALLSEND MP Sonia Hornery says the state government’s failure to act on parking issues at Cardiff train station “is dogging our commuters and turning them off using public transport”. .
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Tribute to Hunter Mountain Bike Association 26th September 2018
This week I had the pleasure of attending the Hunter Mountain Bike Association club base at Awaba to announce a $450,000 Stronger Country Communities Fund grant to expand the mountain bike park with world-class trails. .
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Parliamentary Budget Officer Amendment Bill 2018 25th September 2018
I contribute to the debate on the Parliamentary Budget Officer Amendment Bill 2018. I note the worthy contributions to the debate of members from both sides of the House who ran through the history of the establishment of the Parliamentary Budget Office [PBO]. They talked about the intention of the office and its challenges. .
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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 Morisset and $231,000 for lighting at Walters Park, Speers Point, to name a few. $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 Morisset and $231,000 for lighting at Walters Park, Speers Point, to name a few. .
Community projects to share in $3.5m funding haul 24th September 2018
More than $3.5 million in funding will breathe new life into local sporting and community projects, Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has announced today..
Lake Macquarie projects set to spin with $3.5m in funding 24th September 2018
Awaba Mountain Bike Park will be extended after Hunter Mountain Bike Club received a $450,000 state government grant, announced as part of $3.5 million in funding for Lake Macquarie community projects on Monday. .
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Fans of PCYC's cool funding 20th September 2018
IT sometimes gets so hot in the PCYC Morisset centre that club manager Rosmairi Dawson is forced to cancel activities..
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..
Sustaining Landcare 20th September 2018
When I first became involved in the environmental movement, there were a lot of well-intentioned people and well-intentioned programs. The first program I was involved with was called LEAP, the Landcare Environmental Action Program. .
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Lake Macquarie community digs deep for farmers 19th September 2018
It has been a while since Australia's prosperity rode on the sheep's back, but while our farmers and agricultural sector are a smaller part of our national economy these days, their place in our hearts, our history and cultural identity remain as large as ever..
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Question Time: Plastic waste reduction 19th September 2018
My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. With indisputable knowledge that plastics lost to the environment will effectively remain there forever and impact on all biological systems, will the Government act to ensure .
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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. .
Turning down the heat on 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. .
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..
Morisset Hall restoration boosted by funding grant 10th September 2018
Two Lake Macquarie projects will share in $51,000 worth of funding from the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said the grants will be made to Morisset Hall and Literary Institute and Lake Macquarie City Council for two significant local projects..
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. .
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. .
Funds to monitor the health of lake and beaches 28th August 2018
THE health of Lake Macquarie and the region’s beaches will be carefully monitored and given a ‘report card’ following the announcement of state government funding..
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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..
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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.
$2.2m for renewal of Watkins Road at Wangi 23rd August 2018
THERE’S a $2.2-million makeover coming for a section of Watkins Road, in Wangi Wangi, but still no long-term maintenance plan for the state-owned Reserve Road, at the end of Wangi Point..
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Piper still pushing for solution on Wangi road impasse 23rd August 2018
THERE’S a $2.2-million makeover coming for a section of Watkins Road, in Wangi Wangi, but still no long-term maintenance plan for the state-owned Reserve Road, at the end of Wangi Point..
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Work to start on Fishery Point Road intersection 23rd August 2018
Work to install traffic lights at the intersection of Macquarie Street and Fishery Point Road at Morisset will start on Tuesday. The lights will be a key feature of the state government’s $3.3-million upgrade of the busy junction..
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Work to start on Fishery Point Road intersection 23rd August 2018
Work to upgrade the intersection of Macquarie Street and Fishery Point Road at Morisset will start next week..
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..
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, .
Tribute to Tony Prior 15th August 2018
I acknowledge an impressive milestone reached recently by Tony Prior of Fishing Point. For 50 years Tony, a retired pharmacist, has served local communities through the Lions Clubs, showing an unquestionable dedication to his local community. Tony first joined Lions in 1968 when he lived at Branxton. He transferred to the Singleton Lions Club in 1979 .
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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..
Road fatalities in Lake Macquarie 14th August 2018
In Lake Macquarie we have a problem but it is one we are trying to take ownership of before more precious lives are lost. Too many people are being killed or seriously injured on our roads and with the fatality rate in our area 1½ times the State average it is not something we can continue to ignore. .
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Crime at Wallsend 8th August 2018
I had not intended to speak in this debate but I felt moved to do so when I heard the criticisms made of the member for Wallsend. I am dumbfounded that the three Government members who have spoken in debate have criticised the member for Wallsend .
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Tribute to Robyn Charlton 8th August 2018
I acknowledge one of Lake Macquarie's most tireless volunteers and environmental champions. I recently had the honour of presenting Robyn Charlton with a NSW Government Community Service Award to acknowledge .
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Question time: nurse to patient ratios 7th August 2018
My question is directed to the Minister for Health. Given the inarguable importance of nurses to our healthcare system, what will the Government do to ensure that nurse-to-patient ratios in New South Wales are increased to support those healthcare professionals to deliver world?class care, particularly in regional areas?.
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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. .
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. .
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. .
'The crossbench is not a sin-bin': Calls grow for Daryl Maguire to quit parliament 14th July 2018
Veteran NSW Independent MP Greg Piper has joined the calls for disgraced member Daryl Maguire to leave Parliament altogether, in the wake of stunning evidence put before the Independent Commission Against Corruption..
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Boolaroo lead monitoring rests on $22m IKEA land sale 12th July 2018
Pasminco’s administrator says it cannot afford to pay for future contamination monitoring on the former Boolaroo lead smelter site until it sells part of the land to IKEA..
Cleaning up the town for the benefit of all 9th July 2018
Meet Brody Muser. He’s a 21-year-old man from Balcolyn on the western edge of Lake Macquarie who is doing his bit – and more – for the community. He had taken part in the annual national rubbish-collection and awareness day before, but was staggered by the amount of garbage throughout the nearby lakeside suburbs. .
$20,000 for Aboriginal art and culture 27th June 2018
LAKE Macquarie City Council has received $20,000 in state government funding to develop an exhibition space for Aboriginal art and culture. Member for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, and Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, today announced the council would receive the funding through the annual Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund from arts and culture agency, Create NSW. .
Roads department questions 'safety' of transport interchange 26th June 2018
THE state government says public safety is a major reason behind its lack of support for the road bridge at the heart of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange. But Lake Macquarie City Council and the two MPs whose electorates cover the project are still backing the bridge over the main northern rail line linking Pennant Street, Cardiff, with the Glendale shopping centre. .
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..
Government says it won't fund Glendale rail bridge 21st June 2018
AFTER more than 20 years of planning the NSW government says it is not prepared to fund the road bridge over the railway between Glendale and Cardiff at the heart of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange..
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Independent Greg Piper explains how he gets it done 21st June 2018
GREG Piper has a few constituents who dismiss him as a lightweight state member because, being an Independent, he “will never be in government”. But the veteran Lake Macquarie MP reckons they’re missing the point. “As an Independent, I’m never in opposition,” he said..
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Local MP 'never in Opposition' 21st June 2018
GREG Piper has a few constituents who dismiss him as a lightweight state member because, being an Independent, he “will never be in government”. But the veteran Lake Macquarie MP reckons they’re missing the point. “As an Independent, I’m never in opposition,” he said..
Fair Trading Amendment (Short-Term Rental Accommodation) Bill 2018 20th June 2018
I am pleased that we are finally seeing some overdue reform in this area. I wish that our communities did not need this kind of intervention, but the evidence is clear that at least some of the operators who use this relatively new disruptive model of holiday letting provide an experience to surrounding neighbours that is truly disruptive to their residential amenity. I.
Budget funding confirmed for Lake Macquarie project 19th June 2018
LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper said the state government had delivered its promised millions of dollars in funding for a range of projects in Lake Macquarie..
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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 station.
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 station. .
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 station. .
Hit and miss for Hunter in State Budget 19th June 2018
The NSW government has announced a state budget light on new major infrastructure for Newcastle but with a nod towards several key Hunter road projects. The Lower Hunter’s Labor politicians reacted angrily to the lack of major funding announcements, arguing the government was largely ignoring.
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Return and Earn vending machine now operational at Ratrhmines 18th June 2018
A RETURN and Earn reverse vending machine has been installed at Rathmines, taking some of the pressure off the busy station at Bonnells Bay..
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The Hunter's Budget wish list 18th June 2018
The road funding was among a selection of half a dozen Hunter projects detailed in a pre-budget briefing to the Herald on Monday. Others included $110 million already committed to finish the Newcastle light-rail line, $2.771 million to refurbish and upgrade the Hunter Street TAFE.
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Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2018 7th June 2018
As has been said, this is one of the more difficult bills to deal with. In many ways, it is a relatively modest bill. However, it has certain fundamental implications, depending on how we view the issue of our fundamental freedoms within New South Wales and within Australia and the fundamental rights of persons, particularly women who want to safely access reproductive health clinics..
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$36m sewer scheme will bring jobs and investment to Wyee 6th June 2018
WYEE Shopping Village owner Richard Owens said the state government’s $36 million investment in expanding Wyee’s sewerage network would prove the catalyst for significant growth in the town..
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Funding for youth crime prevention projects 6th June 2018
LAKE Macquarie Police District commander Superintendent Danny Sullivan says it’s an old saying, but it still rings true. “It takes a village to raise a child,” he said..
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Ministers deliver a windfall for Westlakes area 6th June 2018
IT’S been a big few days for Westlakes residents, with the state government announcing funding and projects that have long been on local wish lists..
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$2m for art gallery expansion and new arts hub 5th June 2018
THE state government has given Lake Macquarie City Council more than $2 million to fund an expansion of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and the creation of a multi arts space at Speers Point Park..
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Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Bill 2018 5th June 2018
It would be wonderful to be able to stand with members of the Government on the side that will win this debate on the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Bill 2018 and to have a warm fuzzy feeling as a result of reaching a compromise between ecological protection and the protection of heritage horses, but I cannot..
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Service NSW centre coming to Toronto 5th June 2018
THE state government has listened to the Lake Macquarie community, and will open a Service NSW centre in the town by the end of the year..
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Toronto Service NSW Centre 5th June 2018
Every day is a good day in Lake Macquarie but we have had a couple of very good days over the past week. I am pleased to inform the House about one of them. In October 2015 I presented to the Parliament a petition signed by more than 11,000 people who were outraged that the State Government intended to close the Toronto Motor Registry. .
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Lifts included in major upgrade of Wyee Station 4th June 2018
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Greg Piper MP, Member for Lake Macquarie have welcomed today’s announcement that Wyee station is to be included in an extra $133 million investment in the Transport Access Program..
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..
Major upgrade and lifts for Wyee Station 4th June 2018
WYEE train station will receive lifts under a suite of upgrades included in the upcoming state budget, the NSW government has confirmed. .
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Breaking bread with Greg Piper 2nd June 2018
FROM his seat, he has a water view, but Greg Piper is concentrating on the menu at Hughzies’ Lakeside Brasserie in Toronto. Perhaps he is looking for a dish involving kangaroo. But no, he orders crumbed lamb cutlets..
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$185,000 to help troubled Lake Macquarie teens 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, Attorney General Mark Speakman and Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper announced today..
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..
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..
Not-for-profit group receives $185,000 to tackle youth crime 1st June 2018
A Lake Macquarie organisation will receive $185,000 from the NSW government for an 18 month program aimed at stamping out youth crime and anti social behaviour..
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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..
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 their area..
Toronto wins back government services office 1st June 2018
More than two years after Toronto’s motor registry closed, to the dismay of thousands, the lakeside suburb will get a full-scale Service NSW centre..
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Wyee sewer scheme to be expanded 1st June 2018
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has today joined 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..
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..
$2m funding boost for arts and cultural facilities in Lake Macquarie 30th May 2018
More than $2 million in funding for art and cultural projects in Lake Macquarie has been formally unveiled today. Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has announced that funding applications for the extension of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and the establishment of a Multi Arts Space at Speers Point have been approved in the first ro.
Piper secures $2m for gallery and new art hub 30th May 2018
The state government has chipped in $2 million to boost the arts in Lake Macquarie, announcing funding for a new multi-arts hub at Speers Point Park and an extension for Lake Macquarie Art Gallery..
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Fassifern to Hexham Rail Corridor 24th May 2018
My question is directed to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. Noting that the Government allocated $11.8 million towards planning for the Fassifern to Hexham rail bypass in last year's budget, will the Minister update the House on progress, including when we might see pressure taken off the Sydney to Newcastle passenger line by delivering that infrastructure?.
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National Palliative Care Week 24th May 2018
I speak on this important motion brought forward by the member for Port Macquarie. It would be difficult to say anything that was not positive about this motion, which congratulates the Government on increasing palliative care funding to record levels. That fact is inarguable, and I congratulate the Government on its funding for palliative care,.
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Electoral Funding Bill 2018 23rd May 2018
I support significant parts of the Electoral Funding Bill 2018. Unfortunately, my support and comments will be heavily qualified. I acknowledge that the bill contains many of the recommendations made by the independent review panel in 2014 headed by Dr Kerry Schott. In that sense this legislation has been a long time coming..
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Electoral Funding Bill 2018 - Amendment 23rd May 2018
A local government election will have a number of different entities that have vastly different geographic situations and populations. We can have small councils and mega councils as well as newly merged councils and they have all been given what I believe to be unrealistic caps. They are being treated as though they are similar councils. .
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Lake Macquarie Anzac Day ceremonies 17th May 2018
The eleventh day of the eleventh month this year will mark 100 years since the guns fell silent on the First World War. It was known as "the war to end all wars", which, sadly, it was not, but it gave rise to what we now know as the spirit of the Anzacs..
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National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018 15th May 2018
As we know, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual abuse was the result of a concerted campaign in the Hunter Region that shone an intense light on the historic abuse and cover-ups within churches and other institutions, mainly in the Newcastle, Lake .
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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..
Telstra's response Awaba phone debacle 'unacceptable' 10th May 2018
Telstra area general manager Tricia Wilson apologised on Wednesday “for the delay in restoring landline services and we understand the frustration this can cause”. .
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Awaba phone faults 'unacceptable', says Piper 9th May 2018
Residents in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Awaba say they've been without landline phone services for almost two months, and they're fed up with waiting for Telstra. Judith McDonald says her landline went down in mid-March and she lost internet at the beginning of May..
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..
Traffic lights for notorious intersection 9th May 2018
TRAFFIC lights will be installed at one of Morisset’s most notorious intersections. Roads and Maritime Services is seeking feedback from the community on its plans to improve the intersection of Macquarie Street and Fishery Point Road..
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Opinion: Balancing tourism with kangaroo paws 4th May 2018
THE kangaroo is, for better of worse, likely the first thing any international visitor associates with our wide brown land. It is no surprise, then, that a chance to encounter them in the grounds of Morisset’s psychiatric hospital has achieved such a rarified status as a best-kept secret of Australian tourism. .
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Have your say on plans for Fishery Point Road intersection 3rd May 2018
Roads and Maritime Services is seeking feedback from the Lake Macquarie community on plans to improve the intersection of Macquarie Street and Fishery Point Road at Morisset. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said the NSW Government had allocated $150,000 this financial year to plan for safety and traffic flow improvements at this intersection..
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 about the Do's and Don'ts and at least some improved
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 about the Do's and Don'ts and at least some improved .
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Kangaroo attacks at Morisset prompt calls for action 2nd May 2018
SIGNS in multiple languages warning that kangaroos can cause injuries and shouldn't be fed should be installed at what has become a tourist hotspot in the grounds of Morisset Hospital, according to Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper..
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Pollie tells tourists: 'Don't cuddle the roos' 2nd May 2018
Tourists have been attacked by kangaroos in the grounds of a NSW hospital, with one man receiving a deep gash to his stomach and another requiring 17 stitches to his face, a state MP has told parliament..
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Question time: Morisset kangaroos 2nd May 2018
My question is directed to the Minister for Health. With large numbers of people visiting the Morisset Hospital site every day to see, pat and photograph kangaroos and in so doing at times risking personal injury and impacting animal welfare as well as creating a significant problem for the management of this operating mental health and developmental .
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Kangaroos at Morisset Hospital 1st May 2018
I draw to the attention of the House a problem concerning the management of kangaroos at Morisset Hospital. It may come as a surprise to many people that the biggest attraction that brings international tourists to southern Lake Macquarie is not the beautiful waterway but the many hundreds of wild kangaroos that graze within the grounds of the Morisset Hospital. Whether people like it or not, the .
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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.
Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Road Safety) Bill 2018 1st May 2018
I am generally quite concerned about measures that might be seen as an intrusion by the State into people's rights to do certain things—the notion of the Big Brother State. I am sure that some people will speak about some of the elements of this bill in that context. But that is not the case. This bill is not about Big Brother—other than Big Brother saying, "Brother, you are being irresponsible. Stop it. .
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Historic bell and Anzac flag stolen 27th April 2018
TERALBA Public’s principal Richard Metcalf would personally pay the thieves who stole the school’s beloved bell what they would have collected for its scrap metal, if it guaranteed the safe return of the historic artefact. .
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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.
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 .
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..
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..
Sailing regatta breaks fundraising record 19th April 2018
Heaven Can Wait Regatta organisers weren’t sure if the 2018 entry into the history books would be “particularly big” due to a short year overall, but Toronto’s Royal Motor Yacht Club vice-commodore Mel Steiner has revealed it was their “biggest and best year yet”..
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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. .
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. .
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, .
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. .
Piper confirms he'll contest 2019 election 17th April 2018
The battle lines are firming across the Hunter and Lake Macquarie a year out from the next NSW government election, with all of the region’s sitting MPs confirming they will stick their hands up to re-contest their seats. Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery was the latest state member to confirm her preselection on Monday..
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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..
Pam honoured for 25 years of service 11th April 2018
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:20 ): I acknowledge the remarkable service to the Lake Macquarie community by Pam Cammareri. Pam has been volunteering at Morisset and Toronto Meals on Wheels for 25 years, which is an extraordinary effort. As I have said many times, volunteers are the .
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 unintended victims of the NDIS when State responsibilities are transferred at the end of June. 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 unintended victims of the NDIS when State responsibilities are transferred at the end of June..
Funding for disability services still 'elephant in the room' 9th April 2018
A STATE government decision to continue funding disability advocacy in NSW has been mostly well received in Lake Macquarie, despite concerns transport for disabled people remained “the elephant in the room” that hadn’t been addressed..
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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 announcement, $26m 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 announcement, $26m .
Disability advocacy funding cuts reversed 6th April 2018
CUTS to funding for disability advocacy in NSW will be wound back, the state government announced on Friday. The $13 million in funding delivered to advocacy groups, which advocates said formed the bedrock of their operations, had been touted to disappear after the state’s disability spending was transferred to the National Disability Insurance Scheme in July. .
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Life-saving defibrillators for five Lake Macquarie sporting clubs 6th April 2018
Five sporting organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded State funding for life-saving defibrillators which will be installed at their clubhouses and grounds. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said it was great to see local groups submitting successful applications under the first round of the State Government’s Local Sport Defibrillation Program..
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, .
Lake residents would 'have a meltdown' over nuclear power plant 2nd April 2018
YASMIN Catley is calling for Premier Gladys Berejiklian to rule out nuclear power in NSW. The Member for Swansea’s comments came after it was revealed the Deputy Premier John Barilaro was on a tax payer funded trip to the US where he attended the International SMR and Reactor Summit, in Atlanta, on March 27..
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Speers Point swimming season to be extended 29th March 2018
THE swimming season at Speers Point Swim Centre is about to be extended, and become more comfortable. A solar photovoltaic and electric heat pump is about to be installed there. Lake Macquarie City Council has received a helping hand with the project in the form of a grant through the state government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund..
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$71,000 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..
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. .
Action needed on Boolaroo lead disposal 21st March 2018
BY the way the various authorities are dancing around the backyard lead contamination left behind by the Pasminco smelter, an observer could be forgiven for thinking we are dealing with some sort of highly radioactive or deadly poison that will kill on impact..
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Pressure mounts on EPA over Boolaroo lead 21st March 2018
PRESSURE is mounting on the NSW Environment Protection Authority to develop a repository in Lake Macquarie to accept lead contaminated soil, as residents shun the current option of loading large piles of dirt into 800-kilogram bulka bags for disposal at Newcastle City Council’s Summerhill Waste Management Centre..
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Million-dollar boost for hall and pool projects 20th March 2018
Almost $1million in State funding has been secured to provide solar-powered heating to Speers Point Pool and fund the long-awaited refurbishment of Rathmines Community Hall. Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said two grants had been successfully secured for Lake Macquarie City Council under the State Government’s ‘Stronger Country Communities Fund’. .
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. .
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..
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.
Retirement villages review 15th March 2018
My question is directed to the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. Given that the Greiner report into retirement villages was finalised and delivered to the Government in December, and given the high level of community interest, when can we expect to see the report's recommendations and the Government's response to the report?.
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Hillsborough Road improvements 14th March 2018
HILLSBOROUGH ROAD SAFETY Mr GREG PIPE R ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:49 ): I will update the House about the situation regarding Hillsborough Road, a main arterial road that forms a large part of the boundary between my electorate of Lake Macquarie and the electorate of Charlestown. It is an extremely busy road, and one which I and the member for Charlestown have spoken about a number of times..
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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..
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Piper issues pre-Budget wish list 14th March 2018
THE Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange and upgrades to Wyee and Dora Creek train stations top the list of Lake Macquarie infrastructure projects that could be funded by the Snowy Hydro sale..
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Liquor and Gaming Amendments Bill 2018 13th March 2018
Clearly, the problem is not just the poker machines, it is the culture that we have developed. Problem gamblers will look for other ways to continue gambling. I understand the problem faced by Government ministers in this regard. Hotels and registered clubs are an important part of our community, and many of these establishments go above and beyond in supporting their local community. It is a shame that the industry .
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Exercising political teamwork at Wangi 7th March 2018
THE Wangi Fitness Trail was opened on Saturday, but even before the first push-up was performed on the outdoor fitness stations, the project was hailed as an impressive exercise in political cooperation..
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Tribute to Morisset Lions Club 7th March 2018
I acknowledge a large and very dedicated team of volunteers within Morisset Lions Club which until last January had operated the Driver Reviver station on the M1 for the past 23 years. Many motorists heading north of Sydney through the Hunter region would have seen this driver rest stop at Beresfield. The station, which was run entirely by volunteers, began in 1994 in an effort to reduce driver fatigue and cut the State's road toll. The service has undoubtedly done that in more ways.
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Balance of power could fall into the hands of Independents 6th March 2018
Gladys Berejiklian’s Coalition government has surrendered its lead over Labor a year out from a state election, raising the serious risk of a hung parliament, as voters continue to drift to minor parties and dissatisfaction with the NSW Premier’s performance rises.A Newspoll, conducted.
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..
Women of the Year 6th March 2018
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 12:40 ): Th is coming Thursday marks International Women's Day . Just down the road at the International Convention Centre , exceptional women from across this State will gather to celebrate with their peers and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of some. .
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Domestic violence victims get a Safer Pathway in Lake Macquarie 5th March 2018
Domestic and family violence victims living in the Lake Macquarie Police District will now have a single contact point to access the support they need with the commencement of a new Safer Pathway site this month. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper MP announced today that.
Invitations sent to 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 for the town. The meeting will be held at Wyee Community Hall from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, March 22. .
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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 .
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.
'Paltry' sum for Boolaroo 28th February 2018
THE state government has allocated to Lake Macquarie less than five per cent of its $23.5 million budget for improving handling of contaminated NSW land, a sum labelled as “paltry” considering the difficulties faced by residents living on the land polluted by the Pasminco lead and zinc smelter..
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Council welcomes $800,000 grant to help clean up lead legacy issues 26th February 2018
ART will play its part on Lake Macquarie’s foreshore under a $285,800 grant from the state government announced on Monday. .
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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,.
Bus route decisions must be reviewed, says Piper 15th February 2018
PARLIAMENTARY Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, has defended the new local bus network which he said was delivering more services more often, with faster journey times. He said the new Newcastle Transport network was showing signs of “positive growth” after just three weeks of operation..
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Keoilis Downer bus services 15th February 2018
By leave: I thank members for participating in debate on the motion moved by the member for Wallsend. I would like to calm things down a bit. Government members appear not to understand the severity of the issues being raised by members on this side of the House. I appreciate that they are provided with advice by the Minister's office .
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Tribute to Beryl Mullard 14th February 2018
I acknowledge Morisset resident Beryl Mullard, who has done a remarkable job researching, preserving and recording local history. Beryl recently self-published her third work on the Morisset district.
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$285,800 grant for Lake Macquarie art trail project 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 project..
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 project.
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 project. .
State grant for Lake Macquarie foreshore 'art trail' 12th February 2018
ART will play its part on Lake Macquarie’s foreshore under a $285,800 grant from the state government announced on Monday. Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper announced the grant, which will go towards a project worth more than $500,000. .
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Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 7th February 2018
I support the vast majority of measures contained in the Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. The bill deals with a number of public health issues by seeking to amend various Acts, being the Health Administration Act 1982, the Health Services Act 1997, the Human Tissue Act 1983, the Mental Health Act 2007, the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990,.
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Lake Macquarie Electorate Bus Timetables 7th February 2018
Having sat largely untouched for more than a decade, bus timetables in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area were changed in January. A review was certainly warranted, but the final result has left many people wondering why certain routes have been abandoned altogether and how, or if, they will be able to adapt to the new system. .
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Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Bus Services 7th February 2018
My question is directed to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. With the introduction of new bus timetables and routes in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area clearly impacting negatively on many existing users, will the Minister intervene to have Newcastle Transport reinstate those important services that were cut? .
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Piper says new bus timetables 'come up short' 6th February 2018
MP Greg Piper said the long-awaited new bus timetable for Lake Macquarie and Newcastle had “come up well short of expectations and needs”. .
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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 .
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,.
Piper secures $1.3m to repair jetties 19th January 2018
THERE were plenty of celebrations on the Wangi Wangi waterfront for the New Year’s Eve fireworks, but there was no dancing on the jetty (with apologies to INXS)..
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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..
$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..
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, .
2017
Local Government Amendment (Regional Joint Organisations) Bill 2017 22nd December 2017
This bill allows for substantial and meaningful change to allow councils to join in ways that maximise their collective resources including expertise. I see this bill in the light of my experience with Hunter Councils, which I suggest has to be the one of the best examples .
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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, .
Terrorism (High Risk Offenders) Bill 2017 21st December 2017
We live in an ever-changing world and we must constantly review how we adapt to it. We have a responsibility to our electors and to the people of this State to respond to those changes and to ensure, as best as possible, that our communities are safe. .
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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.
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..
$300,000 for Lake Macquarie community projects 18th December 2017
Two dozen community organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded grants to improve or construct facilities under the Community Building Partnership Scheme..
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 .
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.
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..
Public meeting at Boolaroo will address lead contamination issue 27th November 2017
A PUBLIC meeting will be held at Boolaroo on Tuesday night for residents to be updated about north Lake Macquarie lead contamination..
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Local Government Amendment (Regional Joint Organisations) Bill 2017 22nd November 2017
I commence my contribution to debate on the Local Government Amendment (Regional Joint Organisations) Bill 2017 by responding to some comments made by the member for Wyong. He mentioned the growing pains experienced by the Central Coast with which residents are struggling and which predated the amalgamation of local councils. .
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Sailability and Wendy Evans 22nd November 2017
I acknowledge the remarkable challenge being undertaken by Wendy Evans. Wendy, a person with cerebr al palsy, is attempting to become the first person with a severe disability to sail solo around Lake Macquarie, a spectacular waterway..
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Terrorism (High Risk Offenders) Bill 2017 21st November 2017
I take an alternate view on this important bill. We live in an ever-changing world and we must constantly review how we adapt to it. We have a responsibility to our electors and to the people of this State to respond to those changes and to ensure, as best as possible, that our communities are safe. .
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MP warns of reduced speed limits 20th November 2017
LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper has warned local motorists that Marconi Road at Morisset/Bonnells Bay is not the only local road to be subject to a reduced speed limit. .
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Piper welcomes state funds for lead legacy 20th November 2017
LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper has welcomed the state government’s decision to invest $23.5 million to improve the handling of contaminated NSW land. .
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Sporting groups invited to apply for grants 20th November 2017
LOCAL sporting groups are invited to apply for state government grants for the installation of a heart defibrillator at their local grounds. .
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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..
Boolaroo to benefit from $23m fund to address contaminated sites 17th November 2017
A REVIEW of legacy contamination in Boolaroo has helped sparked a $23 million state government investment to improve the handling of contaminated NSW land. .
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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. .
Environmental Planning and Assessment Bill 2017 15th November 2017
One of the most galling issues for a council, but particularly for local communities, was dealing with somewhat unprincipled developers who gamed the development consent process and often built outside the scope of their development consents. .
Boolaroo land contamination 14th November 2017
More than a century of lead and zinc smelting at the former Pasminco site at Boolaroo in my electorate has left a legacy of soil contamination that still burdens the local community. .
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Classic boat association celebrates completion of $30,000 workshop upgrade 14th November 2017
Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association has hosted a morning tea to celebrate the completion of work on its $30,000 workshop floor..
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Electoral Bill 2017 14th November 2017
This bill will provide some long overdue reform to aspects of the State's electoral laws. The one aspect I cannot support is the perhaps inadvertent impact it will have on independent candidates that will make it hard for them to compete with those standing under the umbrella of political parties, particularly the major parties..
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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. .
Piper weighs in on holiday letting debate 2nd November 2017
Source: The Lakes Mail | By: David Stewart | Posted: October 20, 2017 OWNERS of homes offered for short-term holiday letting should be compelled to remain on site, and be available 24/7 to respond to any complaints from neighbours about noise and unruly behaviour in so-called ‘party houses’..
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It's disappointing that the RMS has not agreed to my request to review their decision on the Marconi Road speed limit, although I haven't got any formal response from the RMS or the Minister since raising this matter with them. RMS is acting against community's wishes 2nd November 2017
It's disappointing that the RMS has not agreed to my request to review their decision on the Marconi Road speed limit, although I haven't got any formal response from the RMS or the Minister since raising this matter with them..
Summerhill now accepting lead-contaminated waste 2nd November 2017
Newcastle’s Summerhill Waste Management Centre is now accepting lead-contaminated soil removed from residences at Boolaroo under the Lead Abatement Strategy..
RMS sticks by plan to reduce Marconi Rd speed limit 31st October 2017
ROADS and Maritime Services is proceeding with plans to reduce the speed limit on Marconi Road, Morisset, from 70kmh to 60kmh. “The speed limit will be changed. New speed zone signs are expected to be installed by the end of the year,” the RMS said on Tuesday. .
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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..
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 .
A safer pathway for domestic violence victims 20th October 2017
DOMESTIC violence victims in Lake Macquarie will soon have a single contact point to access the support they need..
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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..
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 .
Lake Macquarie palliative care services 19th October 2017
This is an important topic and I am pleased to put this motion forward today. I thank the Government for allowing it to happen. The discussion concerning the end of life can be emotional because it touches on when those closest to us will leave us through death. We all want the best kind of passing for our loved ones and for ourselves. .
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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..
Speed limit on Marconi Road 19th October 2017
I would not be so silly as to argue that speed limits do not save lives, but I think that we sometimes seem to get too obsessed with lowering limits in areas where the status quo suffices. .
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Tribute to Mel Hall 19th October 2017
I acknowledge the tremendous work being done in the Lake Macquarie area by Mel Hall. The words "colourful character" get thrown around too often these days when they should be reserved for people like Mel, who brings great joy to many people. .
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(Ticket Scalping and Gift Cards) Bill 2017 18th October 2017
This is much-needed reform. In some ways, the issues now surrounding the event ticketing industry are another example of how regulation and legislation have struggled to keep up with technology and the modern world. I have no doubt that this reform will be accepted by the vast majority of fair-minded people in this State. The .
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Aboriginal Languages Bill 2017 18th October 2017
I commence my contribution to debate on the debate on the Aboriginal Languages Bill 2017 by acknowledging the Gadigal people of the Eora nation on whose land we meet. I also pay my respects to the people of the lands I represent, the Awabakal people of the Awabakal nation. I pay my respect to elders past .
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Lake Macquarie Palliative Care Services 18th October 2017
This notice of motion relates to the provision of palliative care outreach services within Lake Macquarie and, no doubt in other areas of the Lower Hunter and perhaps around the State. There is no moment in time more charged with emotion .
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Scouts return to their Rathmines home base 18th October 2017
THE Scouts are back in their hall at Rathmines after a nine-month lock-out was enforced to enable asbestos to be removed from the building. Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser handed the keys of the 1st Rathmines Scout Hall back to the Scouts regional commissioner to special duties in Lake Macquarie City, Phil Murphy, today..
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Lake MP's praise for remarkable students 17th October 2017
LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper has praised the five Toronto High School students who completed the 240km-long Great North Walk to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute..
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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?.
Boat ramp boost for summer 16th October 2017
THE state government has spent almost $900,000 upgrading boat ramps in Toronto and Balmoral in time for summer..
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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. .
South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club 12th October 2017
I acknowledge South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club for the remarkable work they do in our local community. The club, which sails out of Sunshine on the southern shores of Lake Macquarie, is .
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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.
Toronto High School students 11th October 2017
There are many young people in Lake Macquarie who are doing great things in our community, often unseen and unheralded. The effort of six Year 10 students from Toronto High School who recently completed a 250-kilometre track along the Great North Walk .
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Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) Bill 2017 10th October 2017
Coal will need to be phased out as the main source of energy, including base load energy, for people in New South Wales. If that is not managed well there will be a revolt against that transition. .
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Sun shines on youth sailing regatta 10th October 2017
SOUTH Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club, at Sunshine, played host to a record 288 dinghies and almost 400 competitors for the 2017 Trinity Point NSW Youth Championships over the October long weekend.
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A toxic waste of time 3rd October 2017
IT was hardly a punishing schedule. In 2015, authorities announced that Newcastle City Council was investigating building a containment cell at its landfill site to accept lead-contaminated soil from north Lake Macquarie. More than a year later, .
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.
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.
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 this long weekend and look after each other.
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 this long weekend and look after each other. .
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 Dutchy I read in State Parliament on Thursday. 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 Dutchy I read in State Parliament on Thursday..
Disability advocates become collateral damage in NDIS roll-out 21st September 2017
DISABILITY support networks could thin or disappear altogether under funding changes due to come into force in less than a year, one of the sector’s leading bosses has said. Hunter-based Disability Advocacy NSW chief executive Mark Grierson travelled to Sydney on Wednesday to press the state government to stop the proposed funding cuts. .
Transport Access Program: Wyee and Dora Creek train stations 21st September 2017
My question is directed to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. With extraordinary expenditure being applied to parts of the rail network, such as Newcastle, will the Minister advise what is being done through the Transport Access Program for modest but important upgrades to stations such as Wyee, Dora Creek and Fassifern in Lake Macquarie?.
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Tribute: Dylan Bolch 21st September 2017
I acknowledge the achievements of Dylan Bolch, who is a wonderful example of the fantastic young tradespeople we have in Lake Macquarie. From the suburb of Woodrising, Dylan is a 22-year-old welder who has been chosen to join an elite team of young tradespeople to represent Australia at the WorldSkills international competition in Abu Dhabi in October. Dylan learned his trade at the Tighes Hill campus of TAFE .
Tribute: Robert 'Dutchy' Holland 21st September 2017
It is with great sadness that I inform the House that Lake Macquarie lost one of its finest at the weekend with the passing Robert "Dutchy" Holland. His sporting achievements on the world stage were outshone only by his dedication to family and the local community. Well remembered for taking wickets for Australia in the mid-1980s cricket tests, locally Bob was perhaps better known for his unswerving community spirit and dedication to mentoring young people. B.
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.".
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.
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Private Member's Statement: Service NSW kiosk at Toronto 20th September 2017
The people of Lake Macquarie are starting to wonder what the Government will take away from them next. They are also starting to wonder what the "service" in Service NSW means, because they are certainly not getting very much from the State's bureaucracy despite the apparent good intentions of the Government and some senior Ministers. .
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Retail Trading Amendment (Boxing Day) Bill 2017 20th September 2017
Primarily I believe the work/life balance of Australian families is out of whack and drifting dangerously. I rarely stray into the sphere of traditionalism when talking about social structures and norms but the Christmas?Boxing Day tradition of getting together with family and friends will be damaged forever for many people in this State should this bill pass and it will become just a normal trading day. .
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Public Health Amendment (Vaccinations) 18th September 2017
Most importantly, this bill introduces measures that will mean a childcare centre will only be able to enrol a child who has been age-appropriately vaccinated. The Minister has outlined several exemptions to that rule, including allowances for children on an approved catch-up schedule, children who have properly identified contra-indicated medical conditions to vaccination.
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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. .
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..
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..
Tribute: David Edmond 14th September 2017
The Lake Macquarie community is very proud of its returned service men and women, and none more so than Dave Edmond of Wangi Wangi. The Vietnam veteran was recently awarded life membership of the National RSL. That is a fitting tribute to a man who served his country valiantly not only as a rifleman but also in peacetime service to his community. Mr Edmond returned from Vietnam on .
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.
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.
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Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie has just published new local tide charts which cover the next six months. They're a must for boaters, anglers and anyone else who loves getting out on the lake. New Lake Macquarie tide charts available 8th September 2017
Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie has just published new local tide charts which cover the next six months. They're a must for boaters, anglers and anyone else who loves getting out on the lake..
The situation with the road at the end of Wangi Point has become somewhat of a debacle. If you've travelled along there recently you'd know that some Mexican stand-off over Wangi road must end 31st August 2017
The situation with the road at the end of Wangi Point has become somewhat of a debacle. If you've travelled along there recently you'd know that some.
Piper calls for end to Wangi road stand-off 30th August 2017
STATE MP Greg Piper has called for Lake Macquarie City Council and the state government to sort out the jurisdictional impasse preventing repairs to one of the most pot-hole ravaged roads in the city..
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Hunter MPs back marriage equality 29th August 2017
CATHOLIC Archbishop Denis Hart’s veiled threat to church employees over same sex marriage has backfired in a region devastated by clerical child sex abuse, a poll of Hunter mayors and state and federal politicians on the same sex marriage postal vote has shown..
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Here's a brief update on the $100 Active Kids bonus which was announced in the State Budget. Sporting and fitness clubs can register from late November, Updated info on $100 Active Kids rebate 24th August 2017
Here's a brief update on the $100 Active Kids bonus which was announced in the State Budget. Sporting and fitness clubs can register from late November,.
There's a bit of confusion surrounding the September 9 council elections which has prompted a few people to call my State electorate office. If you live in the Lake Macquarie council area you DO NOT No council election in Lake Macquarie 23rd August 2017
There's a bit of confusion surrounding the September 9 council elections which has prompted a few people to call my State electorate office. If you live in the Lake Macquarie council area you DO NOT .
If you're not on the electoral roll yet or haven't updated your change of address, you only have until tomorrow to do so if you want to have your say in the same-sex marriage postal survey. Update your enrolment details before same-sex marriage postal vote 23rd August 2017
If you're not on the electoral roll yet or haven't updated your change of address, you only have until tomorrow to do so if you want to have your say in the same-sex marriage postal survey..
The EPA is investigating the extent of soil and possible groundwater contamination around the old Mines Rescue station at Argenton. The contamination is caused by... Investigation into extent of contamination at Argenton 10th August 2017
The EPA is investigating the extent of soil and possible groundwater contamination around the old Mines Rescue station at Argenton. The contamination is caused by....
Williamtown contamination scare spreads to Argenton 10th August 2017
THE toxic chemical at the centre of the Williamtown RAAF Base contamination has been found in soil at Lake Macquarie and Singleton, and the NSW government has committed to further tests..
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Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017 9th August 2017
I feel compelled to speak in debate on the Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017. I state at the outset that I will not be supporting the bill. I join those on this side of the House who have expressed concern .
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Tribute to Itje-Marru Aboriginal Resource Centre 9th August 2017
I recently had the great privilege of attending the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Itji-Marru Aboriginal Resource Centre at Morisset High School, which I am very pleased to acknowledge in .
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Waste recycling industry 9th August 2017
I direct my question to the Minister for the Environment. Given recent exposure and scrutiny of the waste and recycling industry, will the Minister support an inquiry to examine the viability of the industry and its systemic flaws, .
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In a win for people who travel between Cardiff and Boolaroo, the missing link in Munibung Road will be built with funding announced by the Federal Government. The Government has kicked in more than $2.2m which will... Work to start on Munibung Road's 'missing link' 9th August 2017
In a win for people who travel between Cardiff and Boolaroo, the missing link in Munibung Road will be built with funding announced by the Federal Government. The Government has kicked in more than $2.2m which will....
It's really pleasing that Lake Macquarie council is fast-tracking the replacement of the children's playground at Rathmines after it was burned down by vandals last month. I, like everyone else, Playground will rise from the ashes 6th August 2017
It's really pleasing that Lake Macquarie council is fast-tracking the replacement of the children's playground at Rathmines after it was burned down by vandals last month. I, like everyone else,.
Funding will build Munibung Road's 'missing link' 4th August 2017
GLENDALE and Boolaroo will be directly linked together following a $2.2 federal commitment to extend Munibung Road. Independent MP Greg Piper said it was a missing link for the region’s roads, taking the burden off other areas and speeding up simple trips. .
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Hospital will stay in public hands 1st August 2017
INDEPENDENT Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has described the state government’s decision to abandon a public-private partnership for the $200-million redevelopment of Wyong Hospital....
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This makes me so damn angry. Why on earth would anyone want to burn down a children's playground? In this case at Rathmines Park on Wednesday, the vandals even went to the trouble of building a bonfire under the play equipment before setting it alight. Vandals burn down popular Rathmines playground 28th July 2017
This makes me so damn angry. Why on earth would anyone want to burn down a children's playground? In this case at Rathmines Park on Wednesday, the vandals even went to the trouble of building a bonfire under the play equipment before setting it alight..
A few people have asked me about the $100 Active Kids rebate which was announced in the recent State Budget. $100 rebate to help kids be active 25th July 2017
A few people have asked me about the $100 Active Kids rebate which was announced in the recent State Budget. .
Good crowds were on hand to see the annual NAIDOC Week parade down The Boulevard at Toronto, with huge crowds enjoying the activities held on Toronto foreshore at the Family Fun Day. Big crowds turn out for Westlakes NAIDOC Week celebrations 25th July 2017
Good crowds were on hand to see the annual NAIDOC Week parade down The Boulevard at Toronto, with huge crowds enjoying the activities held on Toronto foreshore at the Family Fun Day..
I'm really pleased that the State Government has decided to keep Wyong Hospital in public hands. It's backed away from any public-private partnership model and announced that it will proceed with the hospital's $200m expansion alone. Operation of Wyong Hospital to stay in public hands 25th July 2017
I'm really pleased that the State Government has decided to keep Wyong Hospital in public hands. It's backed away from any public-private partnership model and announced that it will proceed with the hospital's $200m expansion alone..
Blast from the Past Rock and Roll Festival 24th July 2017
When: 10th SEPTEMBER 2017, 10AM – 3PM Where: Toronto – Victory Parade and The Boulevarde .
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Toronto Monthly Markets 24th July 2017
Whether you are a local or are visiting Toronto for the first time, come visit the markets, enjoy the beautiful location, have a delicious lunch at one of the local cafes, or food stalls and enjoy the atmosphere and colour. When: 1ST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH, 9AM – 3PM Where: Toronto Town Square and The Boulevarde.
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More scrutiny for AirBnb and Stayz 23rd July 2017
HUNTER property owners who use Stayz and Airbnb could face limits on how often they let their properties and be forced to pay strata fees under a plan before the NSW government. Hosts could also have to reimburse neighbours for disruptive guests, and have to be registered to let under the crackdown on short term holiday letting..
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Residents call for regulation of short-term holiday lettings 23rd July 2017
HUNTER residents fed up with out of control Airbnb parties involving alcohol and excessive noise are demanding immediate action, but supporters of short-stay platforms claim regulations will cost the region millions in tourism dollars..
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It was great to spend time with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today, showing her around Lake Macquarie and bringing her up to speed with some of the issues we have here. Premier pops in for an update and chat with Lake locals 12th July 2017
It was great to spend time with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today, showing her around Lake Macquarie and bringing her up to speed with some of the issues we have here..
It is with great sadness that I report the death of Dr Wolf Du Plessis on Tuesday night. Wolf was, among other things, the founder of Waratah Medical Services. Community loses a great man of medicine 3rd July 2017
It is with great sadness that I report the death of Dr Wolf Du Plessis on Tuesday night. Wolf was, among other things, the founder of Waratah Medical Services..
New link road at Glendale officially opened 30th June 2017
THE $40-million first section of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange (LMTI) was officially opened on Friday, but questions persist about the ambitious project..
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The new road which forms the first stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange project was officially opened today, bringing a bit of relief for motorists around the Glendale and Cardiff area. New Cardiff-Glendale road link opens 23rd June 2017
The new road which forms the first stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange project was officially opened today, bringing a bit of relief for motorists around the Glendale and Cardiff area..
Tribute to Professor Stephen Deane, AM 22nd June 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:42 ): I bring to the attention of the House Professor Stephen Deane who was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant contribution to the world of medicine..
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Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Police Powers and Parole) Bill 2017 21st June 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 11:18 ): I too contribute to debate on the Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Police Power and Parole) Bill 2017. I state from the outset that I support the bill and I commend the Government for acting swiftly on the recommendations of .
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$1.7m to end interchange stand-off 20th June 2017
The state government has pledged nearly $2 million to prepare a business case for the remaining stages of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange..
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Budget 'could have been better': Piper 20th June 2017
LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper said if the state government had been fair dinkum about driving the Hunter’s economy it would have announced major capital works funding for the region in Tuesday’s budget..
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Budget 2017: Hunter misses out on big infrastructure splurge 20th June 2017
The Hunter has missed out on any major new spending commitments in Tuesday's state budget, despite the government boasting of record infrastructure spending and surpluses as far as the eye can see..
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Today’s State Budget shows that the State's finances are in good shape, due mainly to the privatisation of public assets. But it also shows that the government is continuing to spend those windfalls in Sydney at the expense of regional areas. It's time that the State's riches were better shared 20th June 2017
Today’s State Budget shows that the State's finances are in good shape, due mainly to the privatisation of public assets. But it also shows that the government is continuing to spend those windfalls in Sydney at the expense of regional areas..
It's time that the State's riches were better shared 20th June 2017
Today’s State Budget shows that the finances of NSW are in very good shape, due in no small part to the privatisation of public assets and massive stamp duty receipts..
I have to applaud the State Government for waiving stamp duty on new and existing homes for first homebuyers. It's a good initiative on homes worth up to $650,000 and will help a lot of people. A better deal for first homebuyers, but more can be done 13th June 2017
I have to applaud the State Government for waiving stamp duty on new and existing homes for first homebuyers. It's a good initiative on homes worth up to $650,000 and will help a lot of people..
I had a captivated audience when I helped open a new footpath on Brighton Avenue at Toronto! Jokes aside, this group of residents has campaigned for decades to get proper footpaths in the area. A new footpath which was 50 years in the making 13th June 2017
I had a captivated audience when I helped open a new footpath on Brighton Avenue at Toronto! Jokes aside, this group of residents has campaigned for decades to get proper footpaths in the area..
It's just over 12 months since young Jade Frith was killed while trying to cross a busy section of Hillsborough Road. During Question Time in parliament recently, I asked the Minister how much longer we have to wait for the long-planned upgrade of Hillsborough Road. Glimmer of hope in campaign for Hillsborough Road upgrade 13th June 2017
It's just over 12 months since young Jade Frith was killed while trying to cross a busy section of Hillsborough Road. During Question Time in parliament recently, I asked the Minister how much longer we have to wait for the long-planned upgrade of Hillsborough Road..
It took quite a fight over many years, but Lake Macquarie now has the newest, the best and most effective police resources anywhere in regional NSW. Minister on hand to officially open new Toronto Police Station 13th June 2017
It took quite a fight over many years, but Lake Macquarie now has the newest, the best and most effective police resources anywhere in regional NSW..
Plastic bags are really just part of the iceberg when it comes to the mountain of plastic waste killing aquatic life and ecosystems. It's a debate you're going to hear a lot more about in coming years. The war on waste starts with plastic 13th June 2017
Plastic bags are really just part of the iceberg when it comes to the mountain of plastic waste killing aquatic life and ecosystems. It's a debate you're going to hear a lot more about in coming years..
Just a heads-up for people who travel on the main road south of Toronto: the RMS is about to start work on a long-awaited upgrade of the dodgy bend between Toronto and the fire station at Kilaben Bay. Toronto blackspot to get a long-awaited upgrade 13th June 2017
Just a heads-up for people who travel on the main road south of Toronto: the RMS is about to start work on a long-awaited upgrade of the dodgy bend between Toronto and the fire station at Kilaben Bay..
Lake Macquarie is blessed with so many wonderful people but sometimes we only see them when the chips are down and they step up to the plate. I recently had the pleasure of attending the NSW Rural Fire Service Volunteer Appreciation Service at Doyalson where a number of local firies were honoured. Volunteer firefighters honoured 13th June 2017
Lake Macquarie is blessed with so many wonderful people but sometimes we only see them when the chips are down and they step up to the plate. I recently had the pleasure of attending the NSW Rural Fire Service Volunteer Appreciation Service at Doyalson where a number of local firies were honoured..
Road improvement works start at Toronto 12th June 2017
Roads and Maritime Services will start work this week to improve safety for motorists on Mount Waring Road at Toronto..
Premier pops in for an update and chat with Lake locals 11th June 2017
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was in Toronto this afternoon where she inspected the newly opened police station and strolled through Toronto Town Square and chatted with locals. Ms Berejiklian said she’d accepted an invitation from Independent Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper to make the visit..
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A new footpath 50 years in the making 8th June 2017
THE old timers in Toronto will tell you they first started campaigning for a footpath along Brighton Avenue in the 1960s. For decades, limited funding and competing priorities conspired to prevent Lake Macquarie City Council from committing to the project. But on Friday, the final stretch of that footpath into the town centre – between Jarrett and Ambrose streets – was officially opened..
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New Toronto Police Station officially opened 7th June 2017
MEMBER for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper didn’t pull any punches when describing how dilapidated the old Toronto police station had become. “It was really as bad as it could get without it being condemned,” Mr Piper said..
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Lake voices added to palliative care debate 1st June 2017
LAKE Macquarie residents will have the opportunity next month to contribute to the future of palliative care services in NSW. Palliative care is currently under discussion at state-wide roundtables with community and health professionals..
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Palliative Care Services - Petition 1st June 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 16:50 ): By leave: I make a contribution to the discussion on the petition signed by 10,000 or more persons tabled on behalf of the people of Orange and the greater district by the member for Orange, who is in the Chamber. Minister for Health.
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Plastics Pollution - Question Time 1st June 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 15:11 ): My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. Given research showing that small plastic particles, including microbeads and microfibres, are increasingly being found in the food chain, what is the Government doing to address .
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Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2017 1st June 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 11:41 ): This is a great opportunity to speak on this private member's bill, the Public Health ( Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2017, which has been brought to the House by the Leader of the Opposition. I acknowledge that leadership. I say up .
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Regional Infrastructure Investment 1st June 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:24 ): By leave: It was not my intention to contribute to this debate because there are other debates to take part in. However, the subject of the debate is very important to the 93 electorates across New South Wales. I acknowledge the positive element of the original motion from the member for Cootamundra and .
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Rural Fire Service Volunteers 1st June 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 16:01 ): I recently had the pleasure of attending the New South Wales Rural Fire Service volunteer appreciation service at Doyalson. Among those honoured was Neville Koch, currently the captain of Mandalong Rural Fire Service Brigade, .
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Thyroid Disorders Awareness 1st June 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 15:46 ): I am pleased to contribute to this matter of public importance brought to the attention of the House by the member for Maitland. I endorse the comments of the member for .
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Glendale plans likely to miss out 26th May 2017
THE Hunter’s political leaders are preparing for another letdown in the state budget for the region’s top infrastructure project, the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange. Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser and senior council staff met this week with NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance and Planning Minister Anthony Roberts about the next section of the interchange, the Pennant Street Bridge. .
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Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange 25th May 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:07 ): I support the motion of the member for Wallsend, and I commend the member for Wallsend for moving it. The Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange at Glendale will .
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Plastics Pollution - Private Member's Statement 25th May 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:36 ): There is no doubt that we are discovering what may be the most significant environmental issue of our time. Surprisingly, I am talking about plastics in all their .
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Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay - Question Time 24th May 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 15:15 ): My question is directed to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. I should note that it is probably on behalf of the member for Charlestown too. Noting that it is now 12 months since the tragic death of 15-year-old Lake Macquarie girl .
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Liquor Amendment (Reviews) Bill 2017 23rd May 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 18:41 ): The bill is relatively modest in size and scale and its merits have been well covered by other members. I will be supporting the bill. This is an area that is fraught and I recognise the Minister and his staff are trying to get this right and satisfy.
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Tribute to Senior Constable Douglas Eaton 23rd May 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 19:42 ): Each September we pause to remember and pay tribute to the police men and women who have been killed on duty while serving to protect our local communities. Since the inception of Police Remembrance Day 254 members of the .
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Cancer Research Fundraising Events 11th May 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( La ke Macquarie ) ( 16:18 ): There are few people who have not been touched by cancer either directly or indirectly. There are even fewer of the likes of Lisa Greissl who have not only had the strength to beat it but help to cure it. This young Lake Macquarie mum was .
Federal snub leads to new funding call for Glendale interchange 11th May 2017
ALL but one of the Hunter’s state MPs have joined forces to push for the NSW government to fund the next stage of the Glendale Interchange in the June budget..
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Public Health Amendment (Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes) Bill 2016 11th May 2017
I am concerned that the standards we expect in aged care in New South Wales are being lessened. I have heard Government members speak about their concerns over the impact this bill would have on the number.
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VACANT government buildings could be used for short-term accommodation for the needy under a proposal pitched by Greg Piper in state parliament. Mr Piper said innovative solutions were needed to boost the supply of affordable housing in the city. Converting unused government buildings into dwellings was worth considering, he said. Innovative solutions needed to ease housing affordability crisis 10th May 2017
VACANT government buildings could be used for short-term accommodation for the needy under a proposal pitched by Greg Piper in state parliament. Mr Piper said innovative solutions were needed to boost the supply of affordable housing in the city. Converting unused government buildings into dwellings was worth considering, he said..
Dozens of Lake Macquarie residents have been caught in the legal crossfire between Lake Macquarie City Council and the supplier of a roadbase mix which is believed to have caused extensive damage to their homes and local roads. Some, like Wangi's Phil O'Neill have been waiting four years for the issue to be resolved and for repaires to be carried out. Legal spat leaves residents in limbo over home repairs 10th May 2017
Dozens of Lake Macquarie residents have been caught in the legal crossfire between Lake Macquarie City Council and the supplier of a roadbase mix which is believed to have caused extensive damage to their homes and local roads. Some, like Wangi's Phil O'Neill have been waiting four years for the issue to be resolved and for repaires to be carried out..
I really enjoy popping into the Chars 58 cafe at Toronto for lunch or a quick coffee. If you're not aware of it, Chars provides opportunities for people with disabilities to develop job skills and to be part of a workforce. Toronto cafe sets new course for people with disabilities 10th May 2017
I really enjoy popping into the Chars 58 cafe at Toronto for lunch or a quick coffee. If you're not aware of it, Chars provides opportunities for people with disabilities to develop job skills and to be part of a workforce..
Tireless community worker and volunteer Vivienne Bruce has been named as the Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year. Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper made the announcement on Thursday and paid tribute to Ms Bruce's dedication to the community, and in particular those less fortunate. Vivienne Bruce named our Woman of the Year 10th May 2017
Tireless community worker and volunteer Vivienne Bruce has been named as the Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year. Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper made the announcement on Thursday and paid tribute to Ms Bruce's dedication to the community, and in particular those less fortunate..
Vital funds for suicide prevention in Lake Macquarie 4th May 2017
A suicide prevention initiative in Lake Macquarie will receive a $280,000 funding boost, State Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper announced today..
Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year Award 3rd May 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:18 ): Lake Macquarie is blessed with many wonderful community-minded people, and a fine example is Vivienne Bruce. I recently had the privilege of presenting Viv with the Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year Award, which recognised .
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Lake Macquarie's Woman of the Year honoured 2nd May 2017
MANAGER of Southlakes Carers, Vivienne Bruce, has received the state government’s award for Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year. Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper presented the award to Ms Bruce in a ceremony at the organisation’s Morisset headquarters on Thursday. Mr Piper paid tribute to Ms Bruce’s dedication to her community through various organisations..
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Innovative solutions needed to ease housing affordability crisis 24th April 2017
Vacant buildings at Morisset Hospital could be used for short-term accommodation for the needy under a proposal pitched by MP Greg Piper in state parliament. The Member for Lake Macquarie said innovative solutions were needed to boost the supply of affordable housing in the city..
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Residents caught in legal crossfire after homes 'crack up' 18th April 2017
Lake residents have been caught up in the legal crossfire between Lake Macquarie council and the supplier of a road base material over claims it has caused extensive damage to their homes. People like Phil O'Neill at Wangi Wangi have been waiting more than four years for repairs to be carried out..
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Suitors' Fund Amendment (Costs of NCAT Appeals) Bill 2016 6th April 2017
Mr GREG PIPE R ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 12:08 ): I refer to the Suitors' Fund Amendment (Costs of NCAT Appeals) Bill 2016 introduced by the member for Liverpool. It is quite clear from the overview of the bill that it .
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Greyhound Racing Bill 2017 4th April 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 18:43 ): I contribute to debate on the Greyhound Racing Bill 2017. The Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill thrust upon us in 2016 may have been prosecuted by its supporters for what they believed at the time to be all the right .
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Housing Affordability - Private Member's Statement 4th April 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 21:12 ): As I stand here in the Parliament today, the cost of buying a home in my electorate of Lake Macquarie slips further from the reach of yet another family. According to property monitoring services Domain and RP Data, the median house.
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Medicinal Cannabis - Question Time 4th April 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 15:06 ): My question is directed to the Premier. Will the Government consider implementing a moratorium on the prosecution of persons for the use and supply of medical marijuana while the Government oversees clinical trials and develops a definitive policy? .
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 About 70 landowners are in limbo because of the stand-off and legal dispute involving the Bunderra housing estate at Boolaroo. They are caught in a situation that is not of their own making and it’s costing many of them a lot of time, money and stress. Council can do more for those caught in the Bunderra legal crossfire 30th March 2017
About 70 landowners are in limbo because of the stand-off and legal dispute involving the Bunderra housing estate at Boolaroo. They are caught in a situation that is not of their own making and it’s costing many of them a lot of time, money and stress..
The Pennant Street Bridge and the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange projects at Glendale have topped my list of priorities sent to the State Government for funding in this year's budget. Interchange and bridge projects top Budget wishlist 30th March 2017
The Pennant Street Bridge and the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange projects at Glendale have topped my list of priorities sent to the State Government for funding in this year's budget..
Piper: Council should 'step up' to end Bunderra stand-off 30th March 2017
Lake council needs to 'step up' and do more to help dozens of land buyers caught in the crossfire of the stalled Bunderra housing estate development at Boolaroo..
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Local Government Amendment (Rates—Merged Council Areas) Bill 2017 29th March 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:55 ): I contribute to debate on the Local Government Amendment (Rates—Merged Council Areas) Bill 2017. I have been encouraged to get on and get off quickly. I acknowledge the Minister for Local Government, who has come to the Chamber to listen to my contribution. While I could sum this up .
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Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill 2017 28th March 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:03 ): I contribute briefly to debate on the Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill 2017 and state upfront that I support the bill which I believe will create a fairer system.
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Interchange tops Piper's pre-budget wishlist 21st March 2017
Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has left Premier Gladys Berejiklian in no doubt as to what the area's Budget priorities are..
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Piper looks to get Bunderra moving 17th March 2017
Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper will meet with the city council over the stalled Bunderra Estate subdivision at Boolaroo in a bid to find a way forward for the 70 landowners caught in the crossfire of a legal dispute..
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Tribute to James Bennett OAM 8th March 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:16 ): I pay tribute to James Bennett, who continues to achieve extraordinary things for people with impaired vision despite his own disability. Mr Bennett, from Fennell Bay, was last month .
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Fines Amendment Bill 2017 7th March 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 16:54 ): It is wonderful to be able to contribute to this fine bill, the Fines Amendment Bill 2017. It seems like a long time since we have come together in this House with such bonhomie over a bill. It takes me back to the heady days of the Library Amendment Bill. I am not sure if this bill covers library fines. .
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Short-Term Holiday Letting - Private Member's Statement 7th March 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 19:55 ): A parliamentary inquiry into short-term holiday letting throughout the State delivered its final report to the Government in October last year. The Government's response, I understand, will be delivered formally next month.
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First stage of Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange set to open 28th February 2017
The first part of the long-awaited Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange project is due to open in May. The $25-million section of divided roadway linking Main Road, Cardiff, with the Glendale retail precinct and the Hunter Sports Centre is fast taking shape under the practiced hand of head contractor Daracon..
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New clouds have gathered over the future of the decommissioned Wangi power station. If the elements and time don't destroy the historic building, then the vandals probably will, Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper fears. Clouds gather over the future of Wangi Power Station 22nd February 2017
New clouds have gathered over the future of the decommissioned Wangi power station. If the elements and time don't destroy the historic building, then the vandals probably will, Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper fears..
Long-held plans for the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange and associated roads at Glendale have cleared another hurdle with a main road link set to open in months. But according to Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper there's a long way to go before this project gets all the funding it needs from the State and Federal governments. Lake transport interchange project clears another hurdle 22nd February 2017
Long-held plans for the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange and associated roads at Glendale have cleared another hurdle with a main road link set to open in months. But according to Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper there's a long way to go before this project gets all the funding it needs from the State and Federal governments..
Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has called for a review of palliative care services in the region after it emerged that some Lake suburbs are serviced by a 24-hour outreach service and others are not. New calls to eliminate inequity in Lake Macquarie palliative care services 22nd February 2017
Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has called for a review of palliative care services in the region after it emerged that some Lake suburbs are serviced by a 24-hour outreach service and others are not..
Palliative Care - Question Time 22nd February 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 15:02 ): My question is directed to the Minister for Health. Given that the desirable ratio of palliative care physicians is one per 100,000 people and that home-based palliative.
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The haves and have-nots in Lake palliative care services 22nd February 2017
LAKE Macquarie residents living south of the Fennell Bay bridge do not receive the same 24-hour palliative care services as their northern neighbours, and instead have to rely on a telephone service for care outside of business hours. Greg Piper has called for a review of the services..
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An uncertain future for Wangi power station 21st February 2017
The future of the huge and historic Wangi power station is under a cloud with the decommissioned plant left to the mercy of vandals. If time and the elements don't sound the building's death knell, then the vandals probably will, Greg Piper said..
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Tribute to Robert 'Dutchy' Holland OAM 15th February 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macqu arie ) ( 13:18 ): Many people would remember Robert "Dutchie" Holland taking wickets for Australia in the mid-1980s cricket tests and famously demolishing the batting line-up of the West Indies, but in Lake Macquarie we acknowledge him equally for .
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Palliative Care - Private Member's Statement 14th February 2017
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:54 ): There is a common refrain along the lines that a society or a community can be judged on how it treats its young people and its vulnerable people, those less fortunate, the.
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Boat numbers grow, and so does the strain on Lake Macquarie 8th February 2017
With the number of boats on lake Macquarie set to double over the next two decades, the State Government is looking for new ways to manage them..
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Dobell House at Wangi to be added to State Heritage Register 8th February 2017
It served as the house and studio of Sir William Dobell for almost three decades, and now Dobell House is about to be added to the State Heritage Register..
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In great news for history buffs and the people of Wangi, Heritage Minister Mark Speakman has confirmed that Dobell House will be added to the State Heritage Register. Sir William Dobell lived and worked there for almost three decades, producing some of his most famous artworks. Dobell House to be added to State Heritage Register 8th February 2017
In great news for history buffs and the people of Wangi, Heritage Minister Mark Speakman has confirmed that Dobell House will be added to the State Heritage Register. Sir William Dobell lived and worked there for almost three decades, producing some of his most famous artworks..
Mined out: Hunter loses in controversial Resources for Regions scheme 24th January 2017
Source: Newcastle Herald | By: Joanne McCarthy A State fund established to compensate regional areas affected by mining has continued to short-change Lake Macquarie and the Hunter despite billions of dollars in mine royalties to state coffers, an analysis of government figures has shown..
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Baird believed what he was doing was right: Piper 23rd January 2017
Independent Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has described Mike Baird as a man “who truly believed that what he was doing was the right thing for NSW”..
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Macquarie has always been significantly impacted by coal mining - it has coal mines, it has power stations, it has coal washeries, it has coal stockpiles and it has coal trains running through it every day. Yet it has not seen one cent of funds from the $250m Resources for Regions scheme which could easily be mistaken for a National Party slush fund. It's time to review funding program to mining-affected areas 18th January 2017
Macquarie has always been significantly impacted by coal mining - it has coal mines, it has power stations, it has coal washeries, it has coal stockpiles and it has coal trains running through it every day. Yet it has not seen one cent of funds from the $250m Resources for Regions scheme which could easily be mistaken for a National Party slush fund..
Politics leaves Lake Macquarie shortchanged: Piper 18th January 2017
THE NSW Audit Office will be asked to review the NSW Government’s controversy-plagued Resources for Regions program after National Party seats secured nine out of 10 funded projects in a recent funding round, and Upper Hunter coal areas lost millions of dollars in favour of Broken Hill. Independent Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper said Resources for Regions “should be wound up” if the Audit Office found politics was a factor in the allocation of more than $250 million since 2012..
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Statement regarding the death of Michael Chamberlain 17th January 2017
I have known Michael Chamberlain since the early 1990s, so it was with great sadness that I learned of his passing on Monday night..
MP pays tribute to the late Michael Chamberlain 13th January 2017
Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has paid tribute to well-known local identity Michael Chamberlain who died in hospital yesterday..
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Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has led many tributes to well-known Cooranbong resident Michael Chamberlain who died this week after complications with leukaemia at the age of 72. Tributes flow for Michael Chamberlain 13th January 2017
Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has led many tributes to well-known Cooranbong resident Michael Chamberlain who died this week after complications with leukaemia at the age of 72..
Public outcry earns win for Sport and Rec centres 12th January 2017
The State Government has abandoned plans to outsource management of Sport and Recreation Centres at Myuna Bay and Point Wolstoncroft following a public outcry and a campaign led by the PSA and Laker Macquarie MP Greg Piper..
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2016
Have a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year everyone! My electorate office is now closed for the festive break but will reopen on Monday, January 9. Bee happy and safe this Christmas! 23rd December 2016
Have a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year everyone! My electorate office is now closed for the festive break but will reopen on Monday, January 9..
Report into lead pollution released 23rd December 2016
The long-awaited report into managing lead contamination around the old Pasminco site at Boolaroo has made 22 recommendations aimed at minimising health risks and managing future environmental impacts..
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Myuna Bay to stay in public hands 19th December 2016
The fight to save Myuna Bay and Point Wolstoncroft sport and recreation centres from privatisation has been won with the State Government announcing that the operations of both will stay in public hands..
Lake MP Greg Piper welcomes amalgamation verdict 18th December 2016
Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has welcomed the State Government’s decision to rule against a merger of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie city councils as a victory for common sense..
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Piper seeks feedback on draft boat strategy 15th December 2016
There are almost 20,000 registered boats in Lake Macquarie, and not enough places to store them. Moorings and marina berths are in high demand, and sheltered bays around the lake are increasingly cluttered with various types of boat. It’s why the state government has drafted a strategy pitching potential solutions to the boat storage problem..
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$300,000 for small community projects 12th December 2016
Fifteen community organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded grants to improve or construct facilities under the Community Building Partnership Scheme..
Feedback wanted on new strategy for boats on Lake Macquarie 7th December 2016
Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper today invited the community to provide feedback on a draft strategy for boat storage on Lake Macquarie..
Prison Population and Recidivism 17th November 2016
New South Wales jails hold more inmates now than ever before. Today more than 12,500 people are incarcerated. Of those, about one-quarter are Indigenous Australians and 3,600 are on remand. It is a sad reality that almost half of the prisoners will reoffend upon release and return to jail, at great financial and social cost to our community. .
Seasonal felicitations 17th November 2016
In the spirit of converting this adversarial Chamber into a harmonious and joyous place, I too wish to provide Christmas felicitations to the many people who have been critical to my ability to do the job of representing the people of Lake Macquarie in this Parliament and those people who, by their nature, have made performing the role easier and often more enjoyable..
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Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016; Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016 16th November 2016
I oppose the significant and complex Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 on a number of grounds but acknowledge that there is a need to address areas of failure within the existing legislation and the complex web of regulation and State environmental planning policies that provide the framework for environmental and biodiversity protection in New South Wales. .
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Cupcakes for kids with cancer 16th November 2016
I acknowledge an incredible community effort led by Jacinta Gomez from Morisset Park. Jacinta, whose mother, Kirsten, was a teacher at Wyee Public School, was 12 when she was diagnosed with cancer in April this year. .
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Lake Macquarie Transport Infrastructure 8th November 2016
I have previously raised in this House the planned Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange [LMTI] and associated works, which includes construction of the Pennant Street Bridge, the extension of Stockland Drive, and a new rail station and associated infrastructure. .
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Wangi Wangi Centenary 20th October 2016
I pay tribute to the wonderful people of Wangi Wangi on the shores of Lake Macquarie who will come together and celebrate the centenary of their town this weekend. Born as a picturesque lakeside holiday town, Wangi has a history that is almost as colourful as some of the characters who have lived there over the years. .
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Lake Macquarie Sport and Recreation Centres 19th October 2016
When we fail to educate our children properly I believe our future is not only compromised but also bleak. I have great faith in the public education system and the work that is happening inside classrooms. But I am also a great supporter of the public education that is taking place outside the classroom. .
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Tribute to Marilyn Mills 19th October 2016
Today I pay tribute to an extraordinary Lake Macquarie woman who has not only conquered her disability but also the sporting world. Marilyn Mills from Morisset was born with a genetic eye disease. .
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Child Protection (Working with Children) and Other Child Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 18th October 2016
I too wish to contribute to the debate on the Child Protection (Working with Children) and Other Child Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, which I broadly support. .
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Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016 18th October 2016
I support the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016 and I consider this to be an historic occasion. I congratulate the Premier, Ministers and members of Parliament across the board for their advocacy for and delivery of this bill. Members often tacitly agree on legislation but this policy elicits a strong sense of bipartisan agreement. .
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Waltz-Sing Matildas 13th October 2016
I acknowledge an extraordinary group which brings smiles to the faces of many people with special needs in my community. In 2002 a group of nine families headed by John and Carolyn Thoroughgood began a group called the Waltz-Sing Matildas. .
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Social and Affordable Housing NSW Fund Bill 2016 11th October 2016
I contribute to debate on the Social and Affordable Housing NSW Fund Bill 2016 and state at the outset that I support the bill. I acknowledge the Government's efforts to provide adequate and affordable housing in this State. .
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Out-Of-Home Care 22nd September 2016
My question is directed to the Minister for Planning. Given that the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund Advisory Board has been dissolved, will the Minister advise on what will happen to the $50 million that was left over in residual funds and whether a new Hunter-based body will be established to replace it? .
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Ronda Mary Miller, Clerk of Legislative Assembly 22nd September 2016
It is a great honour to say a few words about Ronda Miller as she departs this place. It has been reflected on that this is a sad occasion, but I know that Ronda is looking forward to it so I am pleased for her as she enters the next stage of her life. .
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Centenary of Anzac 21st September 2016
I am pleased to return to my contribution to this debate. I note the point at which I left off was about the contribution of many people in World War II serving at the Rathmines Catalina seaplane base which is in my electorate which was the largest flying boat base in the Southern Hemisphere at the time, with planes operational along the eastern seaboard into the Pacific, the Philippines and beyond. .
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Peter Pan Preschool 21st September 2016
I acknowledge a wonderful organisation that has not only served the children of my electorate for more than 50 years but also encapsulates the true meaning of community spirit..
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Land and Property Information NSW (Authorised Transaction) Bill 2016 20th September 2016
I make a contribution to debate on the Land and Property Information (Authorised Transaction) Bill 2016. I note that the Treasurer is in the House. I also note that around 30 minutes into the speech of the member for Cessnock he almost had the Government in agreement. .
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Centenary of Anzac 15th September 2016
I am very pleased to be able to add briefly to the debate in this House on the Centenary of Anzac. The debate, introduced by the member for Wagga Wagga in May last year, has elicited many fascinating and poignant stories from members who have contributed to it. This is a very important milestone and one that I am happy to report was commemorated in my electorate of Lake Macquarie.
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Morisset Public School 125th Anniversary 13th September 2016
All members have schools in their electorates with wonderful stories to tell of the achievements of their students and faculty. Many of those schools are equally renowned for the wonderful lives, careers and stories that their former students create in their post-school years.
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Contaminated Land Management 24th August 2016
My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Planning. Would the Minister advise whether the review of the planning system, with particular reference to State environmental planning policy [SEPP] 55 and the Codes SEPP, will provide for simplification and clarity in managing contaminated lands in New South Wales, and in northern Lake Macquarie in particular? .
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Lake Macquarie Rio 2016 Olympians 24th August 2016
I inform the House of the silver lining that emerged over Lake Macquarie from the 2016 Rio Olympics. Last Friday morning people from around my electorate cheered home three local champions who won three silver medals in Olympic sailing events. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen raced near-perfect final races in the 49er class to win silver.
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Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill 2016 23rd August 2016
It is extraordinary to be here tonight debating the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill 2016. The die has been cast and the numbers have come up, so very little will change based on the merits of this debate. If nothing else, bringing this matter to a head today and having it completed tonight will bring about certainty for all sides of the debate. .
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Transport Access Program 11th August 2016
My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. Noting that the initial four-year Transport Access Program, largely expended in the Sydney metropolitan area, has expired, will the Government commit to .
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Hunter TAFE Apprentice of the Year 10th August 2016
Today I recognise young Lake Macquarie people who offer yet more proof that our future is in good hands. At the age of 11, Cejay Alsop found himself drawn to his father's back shed at their Silverwater home, which was equipped with .
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Intrepid Landcare 9th August 2016
One often hears people despair about the world we will leave for future generations, particularly in relation to loss of our natural areas and our native animals. With so much already gone and seemingly relentless pressure on our bushland, anyone would be a fool to dismiss such concerns. I, too, sometimes despair, .
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Tribute to Bill Hall 3rd August 2016
I pay tribute today to an extraordinary man who provides inspiration to many in the community. Bill Hall will celebrate his 104th birthday in November, yet he still lives independently in his Coal Point home. .
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Local Government and Elections Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Bill 2016 24th June 2016
I too wish to contribute to debate on the Local Government and Elections Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Bill 2016. This is a vexed area and has been a problem in New South Wales since the foundation of the State and probably back to the Rum Corps .
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Hillsborough Road Safety 23rd June 2016
In contributing to this debate I wish to first reflect on the tragic death of Jade Frith and put on record once more my condolences to Jade's parents, Melissa and Matthew, and her brother, Josh, for their loss. There is no doubt that this incident changed many lives .
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Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange 23rd June 2016
My question is directed to the Premier. With the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange failing to receive any funding in this week's budget, despite support from Hunter councils, the Hunter Business Chamber, the NRMA, the Property Council .
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Marine Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 22nd June 2016
I make a contribution to debate on the Marine Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. I am particularly pleased to follow the member for Cessnock in this debate who would have a lot of personal watercraft in the creeks in his electorate. .
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Tribute to Frank Allen 22nd June 2016
Today I pay tribute to a man who dedicated most of his 99 years to making the world a better place. Frank Allen, from Toronto, passed away last week just a few months short of his 100th birthday. He was a gentle man, a former miner and a noted cook. Right up until his death, Frank Allen was a tireless volunteer in his community. He was the oldest and most committed Landcare .
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Wyee and Dora Creek Stations Access 21st June 2016
Wyee and Dora Creek railway stations in my electorate recently received a welcome facelift with painting and other cosmetic improvements, but I inform the House and the Minister for Transport that while this work is appreciated, it is a long way from what is required to bring these two stations into the twenty-first century. .
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Courts Legislation Amendment (Disrespectful Behaviour) Bill 2016 1st June 2016
I contribute to debate on the Courts Legislation Amendment (Disrespectful Behaviour) Bill 2016. I appreciate the contribution of my crossbench colleague the member for Balmain. He has made some valid points, although I do not entirely agree with his final conclusion. I find it ironic and hypocritical that we are debating this bill. .
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Coastal Management Bill 2016 31st May 2016
I wish to contribute to the debate on the Coastal Management Bill 2016. I say at the outset that I will be supporting the bill. This legislation, which will replace the Coastal Protection Act 1979, is arguably quite overdue. Australians love the coast. We love the climate it provides and the recreational opportunities such as swimming, surfing, skiing, fishing and .
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Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Review) Bill 2016 12th May 2016
I support the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Review) Bill 2016 and welcome the added protection and support it will provide to the victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence, whether physical, .
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Jobs Growth and Procurement Policy 11th May 2016
My question is directed to the Minister for Finance, Services and Property. Noting the Commonwealth's decision on submarine procurement maximises the use of Australian worker input, will the Minister advise whether the Government will give a similar weighting to the benefits of local content in decisions on future major procurements such as the State's .
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Australian Native Landscapes, Cooranbong 10th May 2016
It is disappointing for me that once again I speak about an issue that was raised in this place some three years ago and have to report that the situation has not improved—and, indeed, in some ways is worse..
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Superannuation Administration Corporation (Pillar) (Authorised Transaction) Bill 2016 10th May 2016
I refer to the Superannuation Administration Corporation (Pillar) (Authorised Transaction) Bill 2016. I note that the Treasurer is in the Chamber as we draw to the conclusion of this debate. I was moved to speak on this bill because the member for Cessnock spoke to me about the proposed Opposition amendments. I have listened carefully to.
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Glendale TAFE 5th May 2016
I am always happy to support well-considered motions moved by the member for Wallsend, including this motion on Glendale TAFE. I recognise the member as a great grassroots advocate for her electorate. .
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Tribute to Jade Frith 4th May 2016
On the afternoon of Tuesday 26 April a young woman was struck by a car at Warners Bay, causing serious injury. That young woman, 15-year-old Jade Frith, tragically died the following day in John Hunter Hospital. Jade lived with her family at Coal Point in Lake Macquarie and was, by all accounts, greatly loved by all her knew her. .
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Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Bill 2016; Criminal Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Public Safety) Bill 2016 3rd May 2016
I speak on the Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Bill 2016 and its cognate bill, the Criminal Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Public Safety) Bill 2016. While I understand the intention of the bills, I will be opposing them on the grounds that this is yet another unwarranted step in eroding our rights and civil liberties. .
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Electricity Supply Amendment (Advanced Meters) Bill 2016 22nd March 2016
I make a brief contribution to debate on the Electricity Supply Amendment (Advanced Meters) Bill 2016. It sounds like a fairly dry topic but it is of great interest to anyone who is on the grid producing electricity through the solar photovoltaic [PV] systems as well as those who may be subsidising consumers who benefit from a feed-in tariff. I am pleased to support much .
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Heaven can Wait Sailing Regatta 21st March 2016
My electorate of Lake Macquarie has a rich diversity of people who, for the greatest part, are ready and willing to go above and beyond to lend a helping hand, to look after each other or in some way to do good things for their community, and that is invariably without too much fuss or desire for some sort of public recognition. Our community is blessed with .
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Deal done on new government services office at Toronto 17th March 2016
Western Lake Macquarie residents have scored a victory in their campaign to retain access to government services in their area..
Hunter Regional Plan 17th March 2016
My question is directed to the Minister for Planning. What consideration has been made for the provision of funding essential to implementing key components of the Hunter Regional Plan over the life of the plan, once adopted?.
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Assisted Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2016 16th March 2016
I speak briefly in support of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2016, which will provide invaluable information to an increasing number of people born to donor parents. I believe this bill deals sensitively with many of the issues those people face, and strikes a good balance between the need to protect and the need to provide the type of information .
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Fair Trading Amendment (Fuel Price Transparency) Bill 2016 16th March 2016
Notwithstanding the concerns raised by the shadow Minister for Innovation and Regulation, including questions around possible duplication of Commonwealth requirements and the regulatory burden, I strongly support the Fair Trading Amendment (Fuel Price Transparency) Bill 2016. It should be seen as a victory for common sense, accountability and transparency..
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Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016 15th March 2016
I make a brief contribution on the Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016. I commence by saying that I do not find it unreasonable for the Government to review the existing suite of legislation available to manage risk associated with protests and other unlawful interference with mining and other business undertakings. The .
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Bonnells Bay Progress Association 9th March 2016
After many years of dedicated community work, the current executive of Bonnells Bay Progress Association will soon retire. While regrettable, it is understandable as each of them has given more than requested and more than expected. Col Roach has held the position of president for the past 15 years and has been supported by Phyllis Hines, Joan Buckingham and Roger McCarthy. .
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Transport Administration Amendment (Authority to Close Railway Lines) Bill 2016 9th March 2016
The member for Riverstone started slow, hit his straps and then tapered off a bit at the end. I am not talking about the quality of his contribution; he was certainly on fire. It was great. I will make a few remarks on the Transport Administration Amendment (Authority to Close Railway Lines) Bill 2016. The object of the bill is to amend the Transport Administration Act 1988 to:.
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Lake Macquarie Lead Contamination 24th February 2016
I wish to update the House on progress concerning lead contamination in northern Lake Macquarie and note the concerns of local residents about the continued stigmatization of their suburb. It has arisen from a recent renewed focus on its post-industrial challenges. Lead contamination in Boolaroo and the surrounding areas is the legacy of a lead .
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Limitation Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2016 24th February 2016
I dearly wish to contribute to debate on the Limitation Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2016. I acknowledge the Government, particularly the Attorney General, for bringing this bill before the House. .
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Transport Access Program 24th February 2016
My question is directed to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. Will the Government undertake to fix the significant and dangerous accessibility issues at train stations in western Lake Macquarie, particularly at Dora Creek and the increasingly busy Wyee stations, through the Transport Access Program?.
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Belmont Motor Registry 18th February 2016
I thank the member for Swansea for her hard work in raising a petition with more than 11,000 signatures before the end of last year. Some 11,000 constituents in my electorate also signed a petition. That means 22,000 people in our electorates are concerned about the loss of motor registry facilities in the area. .
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Toronto Motor Registry 18th February 2016
My notice of motion was submitted last August when, after a year or more of speculation and uncertainty, our community was told that it was to lose its well-used and highly regarded motor registry. Since that time things have moved quickly, with its years of service to the community coming .
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2015
Community groups receive $300,000 in grants for facilities 9th December 2015
Eighteen community organisations in the Lake Macquarie electorate have been awarded grants to improve or construct facilities under the Community Building Partnership scheme, Independent State MP for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has announced. Download the press release Download the list of grant recipients .
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Newcastle Buses Employees 19th November 2015
My question is directed to the Minister for Transport. In light of the announcement that Newcastle bus, ferry and light rail services are to be privatised, will the Minister guarantee that existing employees of Newcastle Buses will be provided with the options of both ongoing employment and redundancy?.
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Attorney General 18th November 2015
I find the quality of the debate and the behaviour of members in this House on this motion today to be amongst the worst I have seen in my time in the House..
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Fisheries Management Amendment Bill 2015 18th November 2015
I make a brief contribution to debate on the Fisheries Management Amendment Act 2015, and I will be a little more positive. This is a very complex bill and it is broad in its application. I do not doubt that the examples of concern raised by the Opposition are genuine. I do not doubt that there are many different views on different aspects of the bill. .
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Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No 2) 2015 18th November 2015
I contribute to debate on the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No 2) 2015. This bill is part of a longstanding parliamentary process. It is a housekeeping bill that tidies up aspects of several Acts that have come .
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Betting Tax Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 17th November 2015
I speak to the Betting Tax Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, primarily to outline some of my concerns about moves to further the encouragement of gambling in this State. My views on this matter have been publicly stated and are quite consistent. While I am not a fan of gaming, I am a realist—I accept that many people like to gamble, and that this pastime, .
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Lake MP backs 'smart' regional approach to council mergers 11th November 2015
Independent Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper has met with Minister for Local Government Paul Toole to put forward a proposal to create three merged councils of similar size between the Central Coast and Port Stephens as a regional solution to the amalgamation demands of the State Government’s Fit for The Future reforms..
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Newcastle Public Transport 10th November 2015
I speak today about Transport for Newcastle, the new regional authority announced by the transport Minister last week. First, I point out that the idea of a regional transport authority for Newcastle and the Hunter is not new. Regional leaders and forward-thinking people in our community have supported the principle for many years. I have long .
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Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Councils Proposed Amalgamation 27th October 2015
I speak on behalf of what I believe is an overwhelming majority of Lake Macquarie residents who are opposed to the proposal for an amalgamation of the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle city councils. .
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Bail Amendment Bill 2015; Terrorism (Police Powers) Amendment Bill 2015 22nd October 2015
I too make a brief contribution to debate on the Bail Amendment Bill 2015 and Terrorism (Police Powers) Amendment Bill 2015, which are introduced in this House as cognate bills. .
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Toronto Motor Registry 22nd October 2015
It is with great pride in my community that I speak in this debate today. We are having this debate because the people of the Lake Macquarie electorate have unequivocally made their views on this matter known by way of the almost 11,000 petition signatures collected in just over two weeks opposing the closure of the Toronto Motor Registry. .
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Local Government Amalgamations 21st October 2015
My question is directed to the Premier. Given that councils such as Lake Macquarie and Newcastle ticked all the boxes under the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal [IPART] other than the nebulous scope and capacity criteria, will the Government, .
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Tribute to Charles Lonergan 21st October 2015
I pay my respects to the memory of Charles Lonergan of Brightwaters, a Lake Macquarie legend who passed away aged 101 last Sunday. I first met Charlie in the early 1980s and was taken with his passion for and deep knowledge of the history .
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IPART gives no justification for council merger 20th October 2015
Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said today’s IPART report on council sustainability provided no justification for forcing Lake Macquarie City Council into a merger with Newcastle..
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Lake Macquarie Electorate Air Pollution 15th October 2015
I take this opportunity to raise the issue of air quality in Lake Macquarie. This is an ongoing issue in my electorate about which I have spoken in this House on a number of occasions. I have also had regular discussions with the office of the current environment Minister and his immediate predecessors,.
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Local Government Amendment (Councillor Misconduct and Poor Performance) Bill 2015 14th October 2015
Along with many other members, I contribute to debate on the Local Government Amendment (Councillor Misconduct and Poor Performance) Bill 2015. I acknowledge that the Minister for Local Government and the Office of Local Government have tried to correct the problems that the community has perceived in this area—perceptions that, in too many cases, are well founded..
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Tribute to Blair Watters 14th October 2015
I congratulate vehicle painter Blair Watters of Speers Point on his performance in the recent international finals of the WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Blair competed in the Vehicle Refinish category and was .
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Lt Creek Remediation 13th October 2015
I speak about LT Creek, a waterway in the north-western part of my electorate that flows into Fennell Bay. Fennell Bay is close to Toronto, as is the suburb of the same name. It is a substantial local catchment occupying .
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Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment (Public Housing—Antisocial Behaviour) Bill 2015 17th September 2015
I support the intent of the Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, which is to crack down on antisocial and criminal behaviour evinced by a small minority of social housing tenants who, through their wanton actions, make life difficult for and in extreme cases threaten the safety of the vast majority. Many of my constituents live in social housing; .
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National Disability Insurance Scheme 16th September 2015
I congratulate the Government not just on today's historic step in the signing of this agreement with the Commonwealth but also on its support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS] and people with disabilities during its term in Government. I also acknowledge the Opposition in this place and, of course, particularly those who brought the possibility and .
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Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line at Newcastle) Bill 2015 16th September 2015
I, too, will contribute to debate on the Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line at Newcastle) Bill 2015. At the outset I acknowledge that the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure is at the table, listening to the speeches of many members on this bill. I will say that reflects my understanding of the Minister's commitment to any of his portfolios.
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Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Bill 2015 15th September 2015
I support the Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Bill 2015 and congratulate the Premier on introducing it. This bill addresses many of the concerns the community holds about recent attempts to undermine the strength of the Independent Commission Against Corruption [ICAC]. It will reinforce the powers of that entity and in so doing .
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Armidale Rural Referral Hospital 10th September 2015
It gives me some pleasure to stand on this side of the House and contribute to debate on the motion moved by the member for Northern Tablelands, my friend Adam Marshall. The motion thanks the Minister for Health and the Deputy Premier for this very significant investment in the member's electorate. I can only begin to imagine how pleased the .
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Asylum Seekers and Refugees 10th September 2015
I acknowledge all those who have contributed to this debate as well as those who are not able to do so today but share in the sentiment that has been shown across the House. I am delighted to support the motion moved by the member for Sydney and to use this opportunity to welcome yesterday's announcement by Prime Minister Tony Abbott in .
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Joint Select Committee on Companion Animal Breeding Practices in New South Wales 10th September 2015
I will make some brief comments on the findings and operation of the Joint Standing Committee on Companion Animal Breeding Practices. I particularly acknowledge the chair, the member for Northern Tablelands, Mr Adam Marshall, and the deputy chair, the Hon. Mick Veitch, from the upper House, for their leadership throughout the inquiry. .
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Biosecurity Bill 2015 9th September 2015
In contributing to debate on the Biosecurity Bill 2015, I add my voice to those who have already expressed concern about this legislation being used as a means to silence animal activists. .
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Toronto Motor Registry 8th September 2015
I again draw to the attention of this House an issue that has Lake Macquarie residents upset and perplexed—that is, the proposed closure of the Toronto Motor Registry. Correspondence to my office on this one topic has been off the charts, with residents overwhelmingly opposed to the decision announced on August 19 to relocate the office .
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Toronto Motor Registry 27th August 2015
With some trepidation, I direct my question to the Minister for Finance, Services and Property. In the light of significant community opposition, will the Minister agree to have the decision to close the Toronto motor registry reviewed and have the department investigate conversion of the site to a Service NSW centre?.
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Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Bill 2015 26th August 2015
I contribute to the debate on the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Bill 2015 which aims to give councils the powers to act against people who use public streets for the long-term storage of boats and trailers. It is argued that this power is needed to address potential safety concerns and loss of amenity to neighbouring residents. .
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Tribute to Darryl Marshall 26th August 2015
I acknowledge the contributions to the State Emergency Service [SES] of former Lake Macquarie controller Darryl Marshall, who recently stepped down from the role after 27 years. Darryl .
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Toronto Motor Registry closure a blow to Lake customers 20th August 2015
Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has slammed a State Government decision to close the Toronto Motor Registry..
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Disability Care Hub 13th August 2015
My question is directed to the Minister for Family and Community Services, representing the Minister for Ageing, and Minister for Disability Services. Given concern that non-government organisations lack capacity to provide adequate care in the community for people with the most profound developmental disabilities, will the Government reconsider .
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Lake Macquarie State Emergency Service 6th August 2015
All members would be well aware of the impact of the east coast low that hit on 20 April, sweeping a destructive path from the Shoalhaven to Myall Lakes, with the Hunter and Central Coast regions bearing the brunt. Like the infamous Pasha Bulker storm of 2007, this weather event created absolute havoc in the Hunter region, with flash flooding, .
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Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Firearms Offences) Bill 2015 5th August 2015
I will make a brief contribution to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Firearms Offences) Bill 2015 and state my support for the bill. In any reference to firearms in this instance.
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Lake MP Greg Piper welcomes blood lead test results 22nd July 2015
Independent Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has welcomed the results of a recent testing program on children and pregnant women in northern Lake Macquarie that found the blood lead levels of participants were in line with the national average..
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Lake Macquarie Classic Boatshed; HMAS Tobruk and Meals on Wheels 23rd June 2015
I inform the House about the Lake Macquarie Classic Boatshed, a relatively new community group in my electorate that is loosely based on the concept of men's sheds but open to both men and women and with a distinctly nautical theme. It is loosely based on a similar organisation in Tasmania called the Living Boat Trust. T.
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Dora Creek and Wyee Railway Stations Easy Access 3rd June 2015
I bring to the attention of members of the House and the new Minister for Transport issues relating to poor accessibility at Dora Creek and Wyee railway stations in my electorate. Accessibility has been the subject of past requests by me to the former Minister for Transport and was aired in this House in a question without notice on 7 August .
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Heaven can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta 3rd June 2015
I would like to acknowledge the organisers of the annual Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta for another outstanding fundraising effort and a successful event in 2015. .
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Electricity Retained Interest Corporations Bill 2015 28th May 2015
I speak on behalf of my constituents in debate on the Electricity Network Assets (Authorised Transactions) Bill 2015 and the cognate Electricity Retained Interest Corporations Bill 2015 and make it clear from the outset that I do not support them—a position I believe I share with the vast majority of my constituents. I believe this not just because.
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Newcastle Rail Services 28th May 2015
My question is directed to the Premier. Given strong public support for Newcastle's light rail to run down the existing rail corridor, will the Premier consider reverting to this more practical and economical option and divert the $100 million in savings to fully fund the much-needed Lake Macquarie transport interchange?.
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Public Health (Tobacco) Amendment (E-Cigarettes) Bill 2015 26th May 2015
I make a brief contribution to debate on the Public Health (Tobacco) Amendment (E-cigarettes) Bill 2015. To my knowledge, the use of e-cigarettes is not widespread in my electorate and I hope it remains that way, especially in regard to their use by children. But as surely as night follows day—and as surely as the cigarette industry needs .
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Local Government Amalgamations 14th May 2015
I acknowledge the Minister at the table and thank him for respecting the motion moved by the member for Sydney and appearing here to listen to this debate. I strongly support the motion, even though we saw a wonderful and colourful exhibition by the member for Kiama..
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International Nurses Day 12th May 2015
It is my pleasure to contribute to this discussion of the matter of public importance and to mark International Nurses Day, which is celebrated annually around the world on 12 May, which .
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Northern Lake Macquarie Lead Abatement Strategy 6th May 2015
My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. With the Environment Protection Authority [EPA] appointed Lead Expert Working Group currently reviewing the effectiveness of the Lead Abatement Strategy in northern Lake Macquarie, will the Minister assure the community that the Government will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure .
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Lake Macquarie Electorate Storm Damage 5th May 2015
Mr Deputy-Speaker, I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your re-election and reappointment to the position of Deputy-Speaker. Following the member for Holsworthy, I too wish to speak about the storm and tempest in April. I use my first speaking opportunity in this new Parliament to inform the House about the impact of the recent east .
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