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  • We're hanging in there - we've now gone 351 days without community transmission in the Lake Macquarie-Newcastle area. However, the situation in Sydney continues Covid update - Friday 23rd July 2021 We're hanging in there - we've now gone 351 days without community transmission in the Lake Macquarie-Newcastle area. However, the situation in Sydney continues ... more
  • Just a quick update on some non-Covid news. Very happy to report that the Health Minister has agreed to give our nurses and health staff free parking at local hospitals. Nurses and health staff win parking fight 23rd July 2021 Just a quick update on some non-Covid news. Very happy to report that the Health Minister has agreed to give our nurses and health staff free parking at local hospitals. ... more
  • Like many of you, I’m becoming increasingly frustrated by the logic used in some of the Covid restrictions and the worsening numbers in Sydney. It’s been said we’re only Covid update - Thursday 22nd July 2021 Like many of you, I’m becoming increasingly frustrated by the logic used in some of the Covid restrictions and the worsening numbers in Sydney. It’s been said we’re only ... more
  • The good news today is that there's been no community transmission in the Lake Macquarie- Newcastle area for the 349th consecutive day. The story in Sydney is not Covid update - Wednesday 21st July 2021 The good news today is that there's been no community transmission in the Lake Macquarie- Newcastle area for the 349th consecutive day. The story in Sydney is not ... more
  • I've been getting a few inquiries about the situation at Macquarie College on Lake Rd at Wallsend. Yr 2 students at the school have been sent home today after a student Yr2 students sent home at Macquarie College 21st July 2021 I've been getting a few inquiries about the situation at Macquarie College on Lake Rd at Wallsend. Yr 2 students at the school have been sent home today after a student ... more
  • In case you've missed the news and earlier posts, the Coles Express service station on Thomas Street at Wallsend has been identified as a Covid exposure site. This is Covid update - Tuesday 20th July 2021 In case you've missed the news and earlier posts, the Coles Express service station on Thomas Street at Wallsend has been identified as a Covid exposure site. This is ... more
  • To be eligible to access voluntary assisted dying, a person must be: an adult, an Australian citizen, permanent resident or living in Australia for three continuous years
A summary of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 19th July 2021 To be eligible to access voluntary assisted dying, a person must be: an adult, an Australian citizen, permanent resident or living in Australia for three continuous years ... more
  • Draft legislation which would see voluntary assisted dying laws introduced in NSW has today been released publicly by the Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper and It’s time we allowed the terminally ill to die with dignity 19th July 2021 Draft legislation which would see voluntary assisted dying laws introduced in NSW has today been released publicly by the Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper and ... more
  • Today’s update from NSW Health is below, but two very quick things first which I’m getting an enormous amount of questions on. Firstly, the only people locked out of Covid update - Sunday 18th July 2021 Today’s update from NSW Health is below, but two very quick things first which I’m getting an enormous amount of questions on. Firstly, the only people locked out of ... more
  • The Premier has today announced tougher restrictions for the Greater Sydney and Central Coast area. Can I firstly emphasise that current restrictions in Lake Covid update - Saturday 17th July 2021 The Premier has today announced tougher restrictions for the Greater Sydney and Central Coast area. Can I firstly emphasise that current restrictions in Lake ... more
  • The situation in Sydney may have stabilised but it is not improving. I've made my thoughts known to the Premier over the past week and told her more needs to be Covid update - Friday 16th July 2021 The situation in Sydney may have stabilised but it is not improving. I've made my thoughts known to the Premier over the past week and told her more needs to be ... more
  • Probably most importantly, no new cases of community transmission in the Lake Macquarie-Newcastle area for the 343rd consecutive day. Statewide, there were 65 Covid update and business support package 15th July 2021 Probably most importantly, no new cases of community transmission in the Lake Macquarie-Newcastle area for the 343rd consecutive day. Statewide, there were 65 ... more
  • The Premier has today announced that all existing restrictions will continue for a further two weeks until Friday July 30. The mask rules, the visitor rules, the QR code Covid restrictions extended by two weeks 14th July 2021 The Premier has today announced that all existing restrictions will continue for a further two weeks until Friday July 30. The mask rules, the visitor rules, the QR code ... more
  • I know we're all a bit distracted at the moment, but the plans for Hillsborough Rd and the Crockett and Chadwick street intersections is now open for public comment. As Have your say on Hillsborough Rd plan 14th July 2021 I know we're all a bit distracted at the moment, but the plans for Hillsborough Rd and the Crockett and Chadwick street intersections is now open for public comment. As ... more
  • Well, the news is a bit better today than it was yesterday. Still not good, but heading in the right direction! There were 89 new cases of community transmission reported Covid update - Tuesday 13th July 2021 Well, the news is a bit better today than it was yesterday. Still not good, but heading in the right direction! There were 89 new cases of community transmission reported ... more
  • Firstly, the use of QR codes is mandatory from today at pretty much all businesses and venues throughout NSW. These businesses must offer an alternative for those Covid update - Monday 12th July 2021 Firstly, the use of QR codes is mandatory from today at pretty much all businesses and venues throughout NSW. These businesses must offer an alternative for those ... more
  • Some great news (finally!) for Cooranbong residents. Lake Macquarie City Council has informed me today that work on strengthening the bridge will start this week. Work to start on Cooranbong Bridge 12th July 2021 Some great news (finally!) for Cooranbong residents. Lake Macquarie City Council has informed me today that work on strengthening the bridge will start this week. ... more
  • Some important news to pass on today. Firstly, the vaccination hub at Belmont will open on July 19. I will post more details on this later today. Secondly, I also need to Vaccination hub to open soon 9th July 2021 Some important news to pass on today. Firstly, the vaccination hub at Belmont will open on July 19. I will post more details on this later today. Secondly, I also need to ... more
  • As I mentioned in my previous post, the mass vaccination hub at Belmont will open on July 19. New appointments at the centre will be taken from Monday July 12, and What you need to know about the Vax hub 9th July 2021 As I mentioned in my previous post, the mass vaccination hub at Belmont will open on July 19. New appointments at the centre will be taken from Monday July 12, and ... more
  • Sadly, another step backwards in Sydney over the past 24 hours with 38 new cases of community transmission recorded. Of concern is that 11 of those people were in Update on Covid cases and school restrictions 8th July 2021 Sadly, another step backwards in Sydney over the past 24 hours with 38 new cases of community transmission recorded. Of concern is that 11 of those people were in ... more
  • The Premier has today announced that the current restrictions will be extended by another week to 11.59pm on Friday July 16. That means that masks remain Covid restrictions extended by a week 7th July 2021 The Premier has today announced that the current restrictions will be extended by another week to 11.59pm on Friday July 16. That means that masks remain ... more
  • Just heading out for a walk at midnight after two weeks of Covid isolation at home! Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots worse places to be isolated ….. but to go for a walk! I'm out! Two weeks of isolation, over! 7th July 2021 Just heading out for a walk at midnight after two weeks of Covid isolation at home! Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots worse places to be isolated ….. but to go for a walk! ... more
  • In good news, there are a number of signs that the outbreak in Sydney is being contained. NSW recorded 18 cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to Covid update - Tuesday 6th July 2021 In good news, there are a number of signs that the outbreak in Sydney is being contained. NSW recorded 18 cases of community transmission in the 24 hours to ... more
  • I've just written to the Police Minister, the Health Minister and Attorney-General to get some sort of clarity and fairness applied to the masks-in-cars rule. Confusion over masks in cars rule 5th July 2021 I've just written to the Police Minister, the Health Minister and Attorney-General to get some sort of clarity and fairness applied to the masks-in-cars rule. ... more
  • This week is NAIDOC Week and despite many of the planned events being cancelled or postponed due to the Covid restrictions, there are still ways to get Lake Macquarie celebrates NAIDOC Week 5th July 2021 This week is NAIDOC Week and despite many of the planned events being cancelled or postponed due to the Covid restrictions, there are still ways to get ... more
  • Some very exciting news! Lake Macquarie is now home to a fully-fledged, fully-accredited university! What most of us know as Avondale College at Cooranbong can Avondale earns university status 1st July 2021 Some very exciting news! Lake Macquarie is now home to a fully-fledged, fully-accredited university! What most of us know as Avondale College at Cooranbong can ... more
  • You might have heard stories in the news about places such as Aldi supermarkets which have been slow to provide QR code check-ins. My office has received a load of QR codes to become mandatory in businesses, workplaces 30th June 2021 You might have heard stories in the news about places such as Aldi supermarkets which have been slow to provide QR code check-ins. My office has received a load of ... more
  • The Government has today announced that Dine and Discover vouchers will be valid until the end of August. They can now also be used to buy takeaway. It has also Dine & Discover deadline extended 29th June 2021 The Government has today announced that Dine and Discover vouchers will be valid until the end of August. They can now also be used to buy takeaway. It has also ... more
  • Well, I've made it to Day 4 of isolation at home and I reckon I know all my bees by name already. Anyway, I wanted you to know that my Toronto electorate office is Electorate office remains open 28th June 2021 Well, I've made it to Day 4 of isolation at home and I reckon I know all my bees by name already. Anyway, I wanted you to know that my Toronto electorate office is ... more
  • Sorry to report that our 325 days in the Hunter-New England health district without any community transmission of Covid has come to an end. A man has tested positive New Covid case confirmed 27th June 2021 Sorry to report that our 325 days in the Hunter-New England health district without any community transmission of Covid has come to an end. A man has tested positive ... more
  • If you haven’t heard already, Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, along with the Blue Mountains and Wollongong will essentially be in lockdown for two weeks Public Health Order - Restrictions in place 26th June 2021 If you haven’t heard already, Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, along with the Blue Mountains and Wollongong will essentially be in lockdown for two weeks ... more
  • Just a quick update on Covid concerns out of Sydney and the Parliament; yesterday along with anyone who presented to Parliament for the final sitting day of the Into Covid isolation I go 25th June 2021 Just a quick update on Covid concerns out of Sydney and the Parliament; yesterday along with anyone who presented to Parliament for the final sitting day of the ... more
  • In case you were wondering, yes I’m still holed up in Parliament House isolation! Masked, of course, even though I’m by myself! The contact tracers are doing their job Locked down in Parliament 24th June 2021 In case you were wondering, yes I’m still holed up in Parliament House isolation! Masked, of course, even though I’m by myself! The contact tracers are doing their job ... more
  • As you may be hearing in the news, the latest Covid outbreak in Sydney is not improving, and 16 new cases have been detected. This has led to the Premier Important update on Covid restrictions 23rd June 2021 As you may be hearing in the news, the latest Covid outbreak in Sydney is not improving, and 16 new cases have been detected. This has led to the Premier ... more
  • After many years of campaigning, we’ve been able to secure $35m for the first stage of upgrading Hillsborough Road. Most importantly, this stage includes the installation Some good wins for Lake Macquarie in today's State budget 22nd June 2021 After many years of campaigning, we’ve been able to secure $35m for the first stage of upgrading Hillsborough Road. Most importantly, this stage includes the installation ... more
  • It's State Budget day tomorrow and I'm hoping to see a solid investment in some of our main roads and intersections. I've made a number of submissions to the Roads head our State Budget wish list 21st June 2021 It's State Budget day tomorrow and I'm hoping to see a solid investment in some of our main roads and intersections. I've made a number of submissions to the ... more
  • Opening the new $36m sewer network at Wyee might be an odd thing to celebrate, but after decades of campaigning with the Wyee community, we finally got there! $36m Wyee sewer network officially operating 18th June 2021 Opening the new $36m sewer network at Wyee might be an odd thing to celebrate, but after decades of campaigning with the Wyee community, we finally got there! ... more
  • NSW has now recorded four new cases of community transmission in Sydney's eastern suburbs, although one case is being further investigated as a possible 'false Covid update - New cases in Sydney 17th June 2021 NSW has now recorded four new cases of community transmission in Sydney's eastern suburbs, although one case is being further investigated as a possible 'false ... more
  • NSW Health has confirmed that a Sydney taxi driver involved in transporting air crew has contracted Covid-19. The man attended a number of locations in Sydney while Covid alert as new Sydney case confirmed 16th June 2021 NSW Health has confirmed that a Sydney taxi driver involved in transporting air crew has contracted Covid-19. The man attended a number of locations in Sydney while ... more
  • NSW Health has confirmed that a Sydney taxi driver involved in transporting air crew has contracted Covid-19. The man attended a number of locations in Sydney while New Covid alert 16th June 2021 NSW Health has confirmed that a Sydney taxi driver involved in transporting air crew has contracted Covid-19. The man attended a number of locations in Sydney while ... more
  • Happy to join the 1.8 million NSW residents who have now received their first Covid-19 vaccination. The staff and process at the satellite hub on Brighton Ave at Toronto Doing my bit for herd immunity 15th June 2021 Happy to join the 1.8 million NSW residents who have now received their first Covid-19 vaccination. The staff and process at the satellite hub on Brighton Ave at Toronto ... more
  • Good news for those who haven't used their Dine and Discover vouchers yet. The deadline for using them has been extended by a month, so they don't expire until Deadline extended for Dine and Discover 9th June 2021 Good news for those who haven't used their Dine and Discover vouchers yet. The deadline for using them has been extended by a month, so they don't expire until ... more
  • Good news! The State's second mass vaccination hub will be housed in the old Bunnings warehouse at Belmont. The government has announced today that the Vaccination hub to open at Belmont 8th June 2021 Good news! The State's second mass vaccination hub will be housed in the old Bunnings warehouse at Belmont. The government has announced today that the ... more
  • The opening of the 2021 Dobell Festival of Art Craft at Wangi Workers Club tonight could only be called a huge success! The quality of work in both art and craft Dobell Arts Festival opens 4th June 2021 The opening of the 2021 Dobell Festival of Art Craft at Wangi Workers Club tonight could only be called a huge success! The quality of work in both art and craft ... more
  • While yesterday's rain was welcomed, it has led to the cancellation of a significant hazard reduction burn planned for Morisset tomorrow (Saturday). NSW Rural Fire Hazard reduction burn cancelled 4th June 2021 While yesterday's rain was welcomed, it has led to the cancellation of a significant hazard reduction burn planned for Morisset tomorrow (Saturday). NSW Rural Fire ... more
  • It's now been 301 DAYS days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. It's been 28 days since the last case of 301 days since our last Covid case 3rd June 2021 It's now been 301 DAYS days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. It's been 28 days since the last case of ... more
  • A home at Kilaben Bay and several parked cars suffered extensive damage early this morning when a 4WD ploughed into them shortly after 4am. The driver fled the scene Police seek assistance after Kilaben Bay crash 2nd June 2021 A home at Kilaben Bay and several parked cars suffered extensive damage early this morning when a 4WD ploughed into them shortly after 4am. The driver fled the scene ... more
  • Reconciliation Week serves as an important opportunity to reflect on the struggles faced by the Aboriginal community following white settlement. We have a strong Reconciliation Week celebrated 28th May 2021 Reconciliation Week serves as an important opportunity to reflect on the struggles faced by the Aboriginal community following white settlement. We have a strong ... more
  • VICTORIA GOING INTO LOCKDOWN / TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS. All of Victoria will be going into a 7-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight. The number of cases there Covid update - Thursday 27th May 2021 VICTORIA GOING INTO LOCKDOWN / TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS. All of Victoria will be going into a 7-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight. The number of cases there ... more
  • An accident on the M1 at Mandalong has closed northbound lanes. All northbound traffic is being diverted off the M1 and through Morisset. There are very significant Major traffic delays as crash closes M1 27th May 2021 An accident on the M1 at Mandalong has closed northbound lanes. All northbound traffic is being diverted off the M1 and through Morisset. There are very significant ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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, ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • Anzac Day services in the district are again impacted by social distancing restrictions this year, so I've put together this list to show which services are on and which aren't. Anzac Day services - Lake Macquarie 19th April 2021 Anzac Day services in the district are again impacted by social distancing restrictions this year, so I've put together this list to show which services are on and which aren't. ... more
  • The global death toll from Covid-19 passed 3 million yesterday. It's a stark reminder of how bad things remain overseas and how well protected we've been in Australia. Covid update - Monday 19th April 2021 The global death toll from Covid-19 passed 3 million yesterday. It's a stark reminder of how bad things remain overseas and how well protected we've been in Australia. ... more
  • It was an honour to be invited to speak at a special presentation in honour of two exceptional Lake Macquarie residents. Gwen Johnston and John Benning were both Honours for two exceptional local residents 17th April 2021 It was an honour to be invited to speak at a special presentation in honour of two exceptional Lake Macquarie residents. Gwen Johnston and John Benning were both ... more
  • I dropped in to Teralba Amateur Sailing Club today to see the new motor the club recently purchased with a $10,000 grant from the State Government's Community Sailing club powers up with $10,000 CBP grant 17th April 2021 I dropped in to Teralba Amateur Sailing Club today to see the new motor the club recently purchased with a $10,000 grant from the State Government's Community ... more
  • My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklets have arrived and will be distributed to all homes in the electorate from Monday. The booklet includes a list of local Anzac 2021 Anzac booklet being distributed now 16th April 2021 My annual Anzac Day commemorative booklets have arrived and will be distributed to all homes in the electorate from Monday. The booklet includes a list of local Anzac ... more
  • It was great talking to Morisset Men's Probus this morning about local and state issues. I always enjoy the opportunity to meet with my constituents and provide Catching up with Morisset Men's Probus Club 14th April 2021 It was great talking to Morisset Men's Probus this morning about local and state issues. I always enjoy the opportunity to meet with my constituents and provide ... more
  • Today marks 250 days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. That's an extraordinary effort from the local community, 250 Covid-free days in Lake Macquarie 13th April 2021 Today marks 250 days since we had a case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England Health District. That's an extraordinary effort from the local community, ... more
  • The new Police Highway Patrol hub at Morisset is getting the job done. In the first 28 days of operation in the local area, police arrested 20 drivers for DUI, arrested 16 Highway patrol hub is reining in the hoons 13th April 2021 The new Police Highway Patrol hub at Morisset is getting the job done. In the first 28 days of operation in the local area, police arrested 20 drivers for DUI, arrested 16 ... more
  • Very happy to announce that six local sporting clubs have had funding grants approved in the latest round of the NSW Local Sport Grant Program. They include: Grants for local sporting clubs 12th April 2021 Very happy to announce that six local sporting clubs have had funding grants approved in the latest round of the NSW Local Sport Grant Program. They include: ... more
  • NSW Fair Trading and Lake Macquarie Police have warned that fake Dine and Discover vouchers are being traded online. The vouchers are not allowed to be Scam alert: Dine and Discover 8th April 2021 NSW Fair Trading and Lake Macquarie Police have warned that fake Dine and Discover vouchers are being traded online. The vouchers are not allowed to be ... more
  • No community transmission in NSW for seven days, and it's now 244 days since the last case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England health district.
Covid update - Wednesday 7th April 2021 No community transmission in NSW for seven days, and it's now 244 days since the last case of community transmission in the Hunter-New England health district. ... more
  • I hope you all had a good Easter break. The good news is that things are still tracking along OK on the Covid front. No cases of community transmission in NSW since the
Covid update - Tuesday 6th April 2021 I hope you all had a good Easter break. The good news is that things are still tracking along OK on the Covid front. No cases of community transmission in NSW since the ... more
  • Last Easter was very different, so I hope you’re enjoying it with family and friends in the beautiful Covid-free outdoors of Lake Macquarie today! Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter. Happy Covid-free Easter! 4th April 2021 Last Easter was very different, so I hope you’re enjoying it with family and friends in the beautiful Covid-free outdoors of Lake Macquarie today! Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter. ... more
  • If you're visiting the North Coast over the Easter weekend (even though I'd advise against it), be aware that restrictions are in place in the Byron, Lismore and Ballina Covid update - Thursday 1st April 2021 If you're visiting the North Coast over the Easter weekend (even though I'd advise against it), be aware that restrictions are in place in the Byron, Lismore and Ballina ... more
  • Did someone say 'long weekend'? Sounds like a good opportunity to get out and spend your 'Dine and Discover' vouchers in Lake Macquarie! I've updated the list of Updated list: Dine and Discover vouchers 1st April 2021 Did someone say 'long weekend'? Sounds like a good opportunity to get out and spend your 'Dine and Discover' vouchers in Lake Macquarie! I've updated the list of ... more
  • Some great news! I’m at Morisset Police Station with Lake Macquarie Police Superintendent Danny Sullivan to announce that nine new highway patrol officers Morisset is home base for new Highway Patrol police cluster 31st March 2021 Some great news! I’m at Morisset Police Station with Lake Macquarie Police Superintendent Danny Sullivan to announce that nine new highway patrol officers ... more
  • A big Happy Birthday to the Royal Australian Air Force which turns 100 today. The RAAF has played a massive role in protecting and shaping our country, and of RAAF marks centenary milestone 31st March 2021 A big Happy Birthday to the Royal Australian Air Force which turns 100 today. The RAAF has played a massive role in protecting and shaping our country, and of ... more
  • All still good in NSW, not so good in QLD with new health orders issued for anyone who has been in Brisbane or the Byron Bay area recently. If you have been in the Covid update - Tuesday 30th March 2021 All still good in NSW, not so good in QLD with new health orders issued for anyone who has been in Brisbane or the Byron Bay area recently. If you have been in the ... more
  • A bit of news to get through today as the situation in Brisbane has worsened. Firstly, all good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 12th day in a row, Covid update - Monday 29th March 2021 A bit of news to get through today as the situation in Brisbane has worsened. Firstly, all good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 12th day in a row, ... more
  • Here's a full list of venues in the local area which are accepting your Dine and Discover NSW vouchers. Please remember that your vouchers can now be used on any day of the week, including public holidays, but only at participating businesses Where to use your Dine and Discover vouchers 29th March 2021 Here's a full list of venues in the local area which are accepting your Dine and Discover NSW vouchers. Please remember that your vouchers can now be used on any day of the week, including public holidays, but only at participating businesses ... more
  • All good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 11th day in a row, and no cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. That’s not the Covid update - Sunday 28th March 2021 All good in NSW - no new cases of community transmission for the 11th day in a row, and no cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. That’s not the ... more
  • A quick Covid update, and my apologies - another very busy week in Parliament and I've neglected the daily updates. Vaccinations are still rolling out although not as Covid update - Friday 26th March 2021 A quick Covid update, and my apologies - another very busy week in Parliament and I've neglected the daily updates. Vaccinations are still rolling out although not as ... more
  • Over the past two parliamentary sitting weeks I've had the absolute pleasure of hosting school leaders and legal studies students from Great to host student leaders at Parliament 25th March 2021 Over the past two parliamentary sitting weeks I've had the absolute pleasure of hosting school leaders and legal studies students from ... more
  • The Premier has today announced that a raft of Covid restrictions will be eased from next Monday, March 29. Among them: No restrictions on dancing, including at weddings Covid restrictions to be eased 24th March 2021 The Premier has today announced that a raft of Covid restrictions will be eased from next Monday, March 29. Among them: No restrictions on dancing, including at weddings ... more
  • The Bureau of Meteorology is finally predicting that the rain will start to leave us about 9pm tonight. Finally! A severe weather warning remains in place, however, 1pm flood and weather update 23rd March 2021 The Bureau of Meteorology is finally predicting that the rain will start to leave us about 9pm tonight. Finally! A severe weather warning remains in place, however, ... more
  • The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rain will continue in the area today and possibly worsen tomorrow. Low-level flooding is occurring in low-lying areas 8am weather and flooding update 22nd March 2021 The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rain will continue in the area today and possibly worsen tomorrow. Low-level flooding is occurring in low-lying areas ... more
  • The Parliamentary committee which was looking into the costs of remediating coal ash dams has handed down its findings today. Many local people and groups, Coal ash inquiry releases final report 22nd March 2021 The Parliamentary committee which was looking into the costs of remediating coal ash dams has handed down its findings today. Many local people and groups, ... more
  • Just a quick Covid update, which I apologise for not getting to over the past few days! As you may have heard, there's been delays in the Federal Government getting Covid update - Monday 22nd March 2021 Just a quick Covid update, which I apologise for not getting to over the past few days! As you may have heard, there's been delays in the Federal Government getting ... more
  • Parts of the Hunter have been declared a natural disaster zone. We have some moderate flooding in low-lying areas at the moment, but the Bureau is warning us 3pm weather and flooding update 21st March 2021 Parts of the Hunter have been declared a natural disaster zone. We have some moderate flooding in low-lying areas at the moment, but the Bureau is warning us ... more
  • The next wave of heavy rain is expected to reach our district about 7.30pm. The Bureau is advising that we’ll keep getting these waves throughout tomorrow and into
7pm weather and flooding update 21st March 2021 The next wave of heavy rain is expected to reach our district about 7.30pm. The Bureau is advising that we’ll keep getting these waves throughout tomorrow and into ... more
  • Lake Macquarie City Council has advised that the following roads have been closed due to water over the road: Wangi Rd, Toronto; Pillapai Road Brightwaters; Weir Rd Flood update: road and school closures 21st March 2021 Lake Macquarie City Council has advised that the following roads have been closed due to water over the road: Wangi Rd, Toronto; Pillapai Road Brightwaters; Weir Rd ... more
  • How’s everyone holding up out there? A fair bit of rain still coming in but no major issues for us at the moment. Not the same for some of our neighbours in the valley Trains suspended due to flooding 20th March 2021 How’s everyone holding up out there? A fair bit of rain still coming in but no major issues for us at the moment. Not the same for some of our neighbours in the valley ... more
  • Service NSW has confirmed that all vouchers CAN be used 7 days a week except on public holidays. This rule is effective from 9am today (Saturday). The confusion was Vouchers now valid every day of the week 20th March 2021 Service NSW has confirmed that all vouchers CAN be used 7 days a week except on public holidays. This rule is effective from 9am today (Saturday). The confusion was ... more
  • Despite the drenching we got yesterday, more severe weather is on the way. Parts of the local area including Toronto and Wangi recorded about 150mm of rain yesterday, 150mm of rain, more to come 19th March 2021 Despite the drenching we got yesterday, more severe weather is on the way. Parts of the local area including Toronto and Wangi recorded about 150mm of rain yesterday, ... more
  • Service NSW flicked the switch for us last night so the Dine and Discover NSW vouchers are now available to Lake Macquarie residents. You can download your $100 Dine and Discover vouchers available now 18th March 2021 Service NSW flicked the switch for us last night so the Dine and Discover NSW vouchers are now available to Lake Macquarie residents. You can download your ... more
  • I'm hearing it's pretty wet at home. I'm down in Sydney as Parliament is sitting and the rain has only just started to come down heavy here. The Bureau has predicted a Wild weather here for a few days 18th March 2021 I'm hearing it's pretty wet at home. I'm down in Sydney as Parliament is sitting and the rain has only just started to come down heavy here. The Bureau has predicted a ... more
  • There were a further 3831 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the total so far to 41,444. There has been 191,066 nationally. That number will climb quickly from next Covid update - Wednesday 17th March 2021 There were a further 3831 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the total so far to 41,444. There has been 191,066 nationally. That number will climb quickly from next ... more
  • Lake Macquarie residents will soon be able to access their four $25 Dine and Discover vouchers, so if you don't yet have a Service NSW account, or if you have Dining vouchers available soon 17th March 2021 Lake Macquarie residents will soon be able to access their four $25 Dine and Discover vouchers, so if you don't yet have a Service NSW account, or if you have ... more
  • The good news is that there has been no new case linked to that of the hotel quarantine worker in Sydney which was reported two days ago. Just the two new
Covid update - Tuesday 16th March 2021 The good news is that there has been no new case linked to that of the hotel quarantine worker in Sydney which was reported two days ago. Just the two new ... more
  • As reported yesterday, NSW has recorded its first case of community transmission in almost two months. A security guard from a quarantine hotel in Sydney has been Covid update - Monday 15th March 2021 As reported yesterday, NSW has recorded its first case of community transmission in almost two months. A security guard from a quarantine hotel in Sydney has been ... more
  • The State’s run of 55 days with no community transmission has come to an end with a hotel quarantine worker testing positive this morning (not included in the graphic Covid update - Sunday 14th March 2021 The State’s run of 55 days with no community transmission has come to an end with a hotel quarantine worker testing positive this morning (not included in the graphic ... more
  • There were 4313 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the State's total so far to 31,313. The vaccination hub at John Hunter Hospital will open on Monday, but only Covid update - Friday 12th March 2021 There were 4313 vaccinations in NSW yesterday, bringing the State's total so far to 31,313. The vaccination hub at John Hunter Hospital will open on Monday, but only ... more
  • Seven local schools have had facility upgrades approved in the second round of the government's Regional School Renewal Program. This is the program aimed at Seven local schools in line for upgrades 12th March 2021 Seven local schools have had facility upgrades approved in the second round of the government's Regional School Renewal Program. This is the program aimed at ... more
  • I still get a lot of questions about NSW taking the lion's share of returned international travellers, and in light of the stupid statements made by some of our Covid update - Thursday 11th March 2021 I still get a lot of questions about NSW taking the lion's share of returned international travellers, and in light of the stupid statements made by some of our ... more
  • NSW has received another 100,000 doses of the vaccine so vaccination numbers will start to ramp up quickly. A further 3077 people were vaccinated yesterday, bringing Covid update - Wednesday 10th March 2021 NSW has received another 100,000 doses of the vaccine so vaccination numbers will start to ramp up quickly. A further 3077 people were vaccinated yesterday, bringing ... more
  • Many of you know the very talented Saretta Fielding from Toronto, but for those who don't, let me introduce you to the Lake Macquarie Local Woman of the Year! I was so pleased to join Saretta in Sydney this morning for the NSW Women of the Year Saretta is our Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year 10th March 2021 Many of you know the very talented Saretta Fielding from Toronto, but for those who don't, let me introduce you to the Lake Macquarie Local Woman of the Year! I was so pleased to join Saretta in Sydney this morning for the NSW Women of the Year ... more
  • More than 89,000 vaccinations have so far been carried out in Australia. Of those, almost 22,000 have been given in NSW. A long way to go but we can expect to see Covid update - Tuesday 9th March 2021 More than 89,000 vaccinations have so far been carried out in Australia. Of those, almost 22,000 have been given in NSW. A long way to go but we can expect to see ... more
  • As you know, the Covid vaccine rollout has begun in Australia. It's the largest and most difficult logistics exercise in Australia's public health history, so it's going to take Vaccination update 9th March 2021 As you know, the Covid vaccine rollout has begun in Australia. It's the largest and most difficult logistics exercise in Australia's public health history, so it's going to take ... more
  • Well done NSW! That's 50 consecutive days without a case of community transmission. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in the past Covid update - Monday 8th March 2021 Well done NSW! That's 50 consecutive days without a case of community transmission. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in the past ... more
  • Here's to all the wonderful women who keep our world going! Where would we be without you? Happy International Women's Day to you all, especially the ones close Happy International Women's Day! 8th March 2021 Here's to all the wonderful women who keep our world going! Where would we be without you? Happy International Women's Day to you all, especially the ones close ... more
  • For the 49th consecutive day there were no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. There were 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers Covid update - Sunday 7th March 2021 For the 49th consecutive day there were no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. There were 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers ... more
  • All things still good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours - that's 48 consecutive days. There were 3 new cases among Covid update - Saturday 6th March 2021 All things still good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours - that's 48 consecutive days. There were 3 new cases among ... more
  • Covid restrictions at public schools to change. The Premier has announced an easing of Covid-related restrictions on public schools. From next Monday, March 8, parents Covid update - Friday 5th March 2021 Covid restrictions at public schools to change. The Premier has announced an easing of Covid-related restrictions on public schools. From next Monday, March 8, parents ... more
  • The news remains good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 46th day in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned overseas Covid update - Thursday 4th March 2021 The news remains good - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 46th day in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned overseas ... more
  • RSVP date extended. Limited spaces are still available for anyone would like attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting with special guest speaker Gareth Ward Places still available for Zoom meeting with Minister 4th March 2021 RSVP date extended. Limited spaces are still available for anyone would like attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting with special guest speaker Gareth Ward ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 45th day in a row. There were 6 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in the past 24 Covid update - Wednesday 3rd March 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 45th day in a row. There were 6 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in the past 24 ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 44th day in a row. There were 3 new cases among the returned overseas travellers. The Hunter Region Covid update - Tuesday 2nd March 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 44th day in a row. There were 3 new cases among the returned overseas travellers. The Hunter Region ... more
  • Morisset Showground has been a major part of our local community since 1936, but its future use and management are now being reviewed by Lake Macquarie City Morisset Showground's future under the spotlight 2nd March 2021 Morisset Showground has been a major part of our local community since 1936, but its future use and management are now being reviewed by Lake Macquarie City ... more
  • The vaccination rollout is going well so far (more than 10,000 health workers and quarantine staff vaccinated in NSW already), but I'm disappointed that frontline Covid update - Monday 1st March 2021 The vaccination rollout is going well so far (more than 10,000 health workers and quarantine staff vaccinated in NSW already), but I'm disappointed that frontline ... more
  • Lake Macquarie City Council now has its draft plans for the Toronto waterfront on public exhibition without, I'm pleased to say, any six-storey buildings on the Have your say on Toronto waterfront plan 1st March 2021 Lake Macquarie City Council now has its draft plans for the Toronto waterfront on public exhibition without, I'm pleased to say, any six-storey buildings on the ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, that's 42 consecutive days. There were 5 new cases among the returned overseas
Covid update - Sunday 28th February 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, that's 42 consecutive days. There were 5 new cases among the returned overseas ... more
  • Community awareness of the need to take action on the massive amount of coal ash that has been and is being produced from our power stations is Community meeting raises concern over coal ash 27th February 2021 Community awareness of the need to take action on the massive amount of coal ash that has been and is being produced from our power stations is ... more
  • The good news rolls on (touch wood!) - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, and that's the 40th day in a row. There Covid update - Friday 26th February 2021 The good news rolls on (touch wood!) - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the past 24 hours, and that's the 40th day in a row. There ... more
  • We're finally going to see a significant upgrade and traffic lights at the intersection of Alton Rd, Freemans Drive and Central Road at Cooranbong. The State Government $4.95m to fix Cooranbong intersection 25th February 2021 We're finally going to see a significant upgrade and traffic lights at the intersection of Alton Rd, Freemans Drive and Central Road at Cooranbong. The State Government ... more
  • A further easing of restrictions will take place at midnight tonight, meaning we're not far off getting back to life as it was pre-Covid. A summary of those changes is in the Covid update - Thursday 25th February 2021 A further easing of restrictions will take place at midnight tonight, meaning we're not far off getting back to life as it was pre-Covid. A summary of those changes is in the ... more
  • NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 38 days in a row. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas Covid update - Wednesday 24th February 2021 NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 38 days in a row. Just the 1 new case among the returned overseas ... more
  • It was wonderful to visit the Heritage College Lake Macquarie today and speak with Legal Studies and Commerce Class students. I'm always impressed Great to visit Heritage College 24th February 2021 It was wonderful to visit the Heritage College Lake Macquarie today and speak with Legal Studies and Commerce Class students. I'm always impressed ... more
  • Very happy to announce that we've been able to secure $1.71m in State funding which will allow Lake Macquarie City Council to replace the bridge on Wilton $1.7m for new bridge at Awaba 23rd February 2021 Very happy to announce that we've been able to secure $1.71m in State funding which will allow Lake Macquarie City Council to replace the bridge on Wilton ... more
  • NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 37 days in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned Covid update - Tuesday 23rd February 2021 NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission again over the past 24 hours, making it 37 days in a row. There were 4 new cases among the returned ... more
  • I’m pleased to invite you to attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting. Our special guest speaker will be Gareth Ward, Minister for Families, You're invited to meet the Minister 23rd February 2021 I’m pleased to invite you to attend my upcoming Lake Macquarie Zoom Meeting. Our special guest speaker will be Gareth Ward, Minister for Families, ... more
  • Today marks 200 days since Hunter New England Health district recorded a locally-acquired case of Covid-19. Our last case was on August 6 last year. Given 200 days Covid-free for Lake Macquarie 22nd February 2021 Today marks 200 days since Hunter New England Health district recorded a locally-acquired case of Covid-19. Our last case was on August 6 last year. Given ... more
  • As I posted earlier, today marks 200 days since the last locally-acquired case in the Hunter-New England Health district. What an effort! Today also marks the start of Covid update - Monday 22nd February 2021 As I posted earlier, today marks 200 days since the last locally-acquired case in the Hunter-New England Health district. What an effort! Today also marks the start of ... more
  • I have to say, I've never been more excited about a sewer project in my life! Happy to report that connections to the new sewer network at Wyee are still on track to start Wyee sewer connection update 22nd February 2021 I have to say, I've never been more excited about a sewer project in my life! Happy to report that connections to the new sewer network at Wyee are still on track to start ... more
  • It’s a pretty big day in our fight to keep Covid-19 at bay with the first vaccinations in Australia starting today. NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission Covid update - Sunday 21st February 2021 It’s a pretty big day in our fight to keep Covid-19 at bay with the first vaccinations in Australia starting today. NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission ... more
  • The good news is that despite me being placed in Facebook exile for a few days, NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission over that period. Covid update - Saturday 20th February 2021 The good news is that despite me being placed in Facebook exile for a few days, NSW has recorded zero new cases of community transmission over that period. ... more
  • After a brief involuntary break from Facebook, my Page is back! The stoush between the Government and Facebook has been quite extraordinary and I hope that it is Page is back from Facebook exile! 20th February 2021 After a brief involuntary break from Facebook, my Page is back! The stoush between the Government and Facebook has been quite extraordinary and I hope that it is ... more
  • I believe my Facebook page has been impacted by the changes being rolled out today by Facebook and that most people are unable to access it. Who knew that I Facebook page is down temporarily 18th February 2021 I believe my Facebook page has been impacted by the changes being rolled out today by Facebook and that most people are unable to access it. Who knew that I ... more
  • A lot has been said recently, mainly by the Victorian and QLD Premiers, about our quarantine system in NSW and our position on border closures. A lot of it is just Covid update - Wednesday 17th February 2021 A lot has been said recently, mainly by the Victorian and QLD Premiers, about our quarantine system in NSW and our position on border closures. A lot of it is just ... more
  • In some encouraging news, the number of Covid cases recorded globally has been dropping significantly in recent weeks. Case numbers reached over 850,000 a day Covid update - Tuesday 16th February 2021 In some encouraging news, the number of Covid cases recorded globally has been dropping significantly in recent weeks. Case numbers reached over 850,000 a day ... more
  • Lots of zeroes which is a great way to start the week - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 29 consecutive days, and no new cases Covid update - Monday 15th February 2021 Lots of zeroes which is a great way to start the week - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 29 consecutive days, and no new cases ... more
  • A new record for NSW today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 28 consecutive days. Just 2 new cases among the returned overseas Covid update - Sunday 14th February 2021 A new record for NSW today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in the State for 28 consecutive days. Just 2 new cases among the returned overseas ... more
  • Just a reminder to all local sporting clubs that applications are open for the second round of Regional Sport Facility Grants. Applications close on February 26. Grants Apply now for Sport Facility Grants 13th February 2021 Just a reminder to all local sporting clubs that applications are open for the second round of Regional Sport Facility Grants. Applications close on February 26. Grants ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 27th consecutive day, and just 2 new cases have emerged among the returned overseas Covid update - Saturday 13th February 2021 No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 27th consecutive day, and just 2 new cases have emerged among the returned overseas ... more
  • UPDATE: Victoria will enter a 5-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight. No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 26th consecutive day, Covid update - Friday 12th February 2021 UPDATE: Victoria will enter a 5-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight. No new cases of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 26th consecutive day, ... more
  • Have you recently returned to Lake Macquarie from Victoria? NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard will shortly issue a directive which will require anyone who has recently Have you recently returned from Victoria? 12th February 2021 Have you recently returned to Lake Macquarie from Victoria? NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard will shortly issue a directive which will require anyone who has recently ... more
  • In good news, there's been no new case of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 25th consecutive day, and just 3 new cases have emerged Covid update - Thursday 11th February 2021 In good news, there's been no new case of community transmission recorded anywhere in NSW for the 25th consecutive day, and just 3 new cases have emerged ... more
  • The Government has today introduced new legislation to Parliament which will be known as the Four Angels Law. It follows the horrific incident in Sydney's west last A small bit of good comes from road tragedy 10th February 2021 The Government has today introduced new legislation to Parliament which will be known as the Four Angels Law. It follows the horrific incident in Sydney's west last ... more
  • The Premier has today announced a further easing of restrictions. From Friday, venues such as cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs, retail outlets etc will be allowed Covid update - Wednesday 10th February 2021 The Premier has today announced a further easing of restrictions. From Friday, venues such as cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs, retail outlets etc will be allowed ... more
  • 23 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter Covid update - Tuesday 9th February 2021 23 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 22nd consecutive day, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine Covid update - Monday 8th February 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 22nd consecutive day, and just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine ... more
  • 21 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW and just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter Covid update - Sunday 7th February 2021 21 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW and just the 1 new case among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter ... more
  • 20 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter- Covid update - Saturday 6th February 2021 20 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Just the 2 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in quarantine. The Hunter- ... more
  • A whole heap of beautiful zeroes today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 19th consecutive day, and no new cases among the Covid update - Friday 5th February 2021 A whole heap of beautiful zeroes today - no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 19th consecutive day, and no new cases among the ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Police have recovered a large amount of bikes, power tools, fishing equipment and other items allegedly stolen from homes and cars in the Bolton Point Police recover goods stolen from Bolton Point area 5th February 2021 Lake Macquarie Police have recovered a large amount of bikes, power tools, fishing equipment and other items allegedly stolen from homes and cars in the Bolton Point ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 18th consecutive day. There's been a fair bit of media about a new case in Victoria yesterday and one Covid update - Thursday 4th February 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 18th consecutive day. There's been a fair bit of media about a new case in Victoria yesterday and one ... more
  • We have an amazing lake environment but we also know that our natural environment is fragile and needs to be protected. It was great to have Local Government State grant for projects at Dora Creek and Wyee Bay 4th February 2021 We have an amazing lake environment but we also know that our natural environment is fragile and needs to be protected. It was great to have Local Government ... more
  • 17 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Testing numbers were also up over the past day so that's good news as well. The Hunter- Covid update - Wednesday 3rd February 2021 17 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. Testing numbers were also up over the past day so that's good news as well. The Hunter- ... more
  • Was thinking about pausing the daily updates but I'm worried that might jinx our good run! No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 16th Covid update - Tuesday 2nd February 2021 Was thinking about pausing the daily updates but I'm worried that might jinx our good run! No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 16th ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 15th consecutive day. There has been, as you may have heard, a new case in Western Australia and Covid update - Monday 1st February 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 15th consecutive day. There has been, as you may have heard, a new case in Western Australia and ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW or Australia for the 14th consecutive day. As you may have heard, that’s the longest stretch in Australia since Covid update - Sunday 31st January 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW or Australia for the 14th consecutive day. As you may have heard, that’s the longest stretch in Australia since ... more
  • Happy to report that the good run continues: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 13th consecutive day. A reminder also that the Covid update - Saturday 30th January 2021 Happy to report that the good run continues: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 13th consecutive day. A reminder also that the ... more
  • I was pleased to meet dedicated volunteers of Dying with Dignity NSW at Morisset this morning as they gather signatures to drive home the message that Australians I support Dying With Dignity 30th January 2021 I was pleased to meet dedicated volunteers of Dying with Dignity NSW at Morisset this morning as they gather signatures to drive home the message that Australians ... more
  • The good news continues today: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 12th consecutive day. That's not simply about luck, it's about good Covid update - Friday 29th January 2021 The good news continues today: no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 12th consecutive day. That's not simply about luck, it's about good ... more
  • 11 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The QLD border will reopen to all NSW residents on Monday. No quarantining required by
Covid update - Thursday 28th January 2021 11 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The QLD border will reopen to all NSW residents on Monday. No quarantining required by ... more
  • The Premier has announced some changes to Covid restrictions. These changes apply only to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong - any current Changes to Covid restrictions announced 27th January 2021 The Premier has announced some changes to Covid restrictions. These changes apply only to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong - any current ... more
  • 10 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Premier has flagged that an easing of restrictions will be discussed with health Covid update - Wednesday 27th January 2021 10 days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Premier has flagged that an easing of restrictions will be discussed with health ... more
  • Do you know a local woman who is deserving of recognition for their service or contribution to the community? Then please nominate them for the NSW Women of Nominate your Woman of the Year 27th January 2021 Do you know a local woman who is deserving of recognition for their service or contribution to the community? Then please nominate them for the NSW Women of ... more
  • Another day of no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. That’s 9 consecutive days.The number of recorded cases worldwide hit 100 million overnight, Covid update - Tuesday 26th January 2021 Another day of no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. That’s 9 consecutive days.The number of recorded cases worldwide hit 100 million overnight, ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 8th consecutive day. Today also marks one year since the first case of Covid-19 was diagnosed in Covid update - Monday 25th January 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the 8th consecutive day. Today also marks one year since the first case of Covid-19 was diagnosed in ... more
  • For the 7th consecutive day, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 170 days without a locally- Covid update - Sunday 24th January 2021 For the 7th consecutive day, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 170 days without a locally- ... more
  • An update on the Lake Macquarie shark attack which occurred late yesterday: the man was swimming at Yarrawonga Park about 6.30pm when he was bitten on the Shark attack at Yarrawonga Park 24th January 2021 An update on the Lake Macquarie shark attack which occurred late yesterday: the man was swimming at Yarrawonga Park about 6.30pm when he was bitten on the ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the sixth day in a row. In fact, there has been no community transmission anywhere In Australia over Covid update - Saturday 23rd January 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the sixth day in a row. In fact, there has been no community transmission anywhere In Australia over ... more
  • No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the fifth day in a row. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 168 days without a locally-acquired Covid update - Friday 22nd January 2021 No new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW for the fifth day in a row. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 168 days without a locally-acquired ... more
  • We've got a warm few days ahead, so if you need an excuse to forget about mowing the lawns this weekend, this is it. The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting temps to NSW Health issues heatwave warning 22nd January 2021 We've got a warm few days ahead, so if you need an excuse to forget about mowing the lawns this weekend, this is it. The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting temps to ... more
  • Four days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 167 days without a locally-acquired case. Covid update - Thursday 21st January 2021 Four days in a row, no new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW. The Hunter-New England region has now gone 167 days without a locally-acquired case. ... more
  • Some better news today. NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW for the third consecutive day, and testing numbers are up. Further to my comments about Covid update - Wednesday 20th January 2021 Some better news today. NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW for the third consecutive day, and testing numbers are up. Further to my comments about ... more
  • The State Government announced last year that it will issue every NSW resident aged over 18 with four $25 vouchers as part of its Covid economic stimulus package. Update: Your $100 Dine and Discover NSW vouchers 20th January 2021 The State Government announced last year that it will issue every NSW resident aged over 18 with four $25 vouchers as part of its Covid economic stimulus package. ... more
  • For the second day running, there were NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but testing numbers are still down and remain a Covid update - Tuesday 19th January 2021 For the second day running, there were NO NEW CASES of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but testing numbers are still down and remain a ... more
  • There's high demand for social housing in Lake Macquarie and today I was pleased to join Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward at the New social housing opens at Cardiff 19th January 2021 There's high demand for social housing in Lake Macquarie and today I was pleased to join Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward at the ... more
  • Applications for this year's Regional Seniors Travel Card open today, January 18. You are eligible for the $250 card if you live in Lake Macquarie and meet any of this Apply now for Regional Seniors Travel Card 18th January 2021 Applications for this year's Regional Seniors Travel Card open today, January 18. You are eligible for the $250 card if you live in Lake Macquarie and meet any of this ... more
  • There were no new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but NSW Health has expressed a growing concern about another drop in testing Covid update - Monday 18th January 2021 There were no new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but NSW Health has expressed a growing concern about another drop in testing ... more
  • A bit of a step backwards today. There were 6 new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but all are close contacts of the single case in Covid update - Sunday 17th January 2021 A bit of a step backwards today. There were 6 new cases of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but all are close contacts of the single case in ... more
  • Just the 1 new case of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but 11 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. The 1
Covid update - Saturday 16th January 2021 Just the 1 new case of community transmission in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm, but 11 new cases among the returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. The 1 ... more
  • Happy that this has been resolved quickly. Just grateful the problem came to light before an incident triggered it. Hunters and mountain bikers are certainly not a Hunting ban a relief for mountainbikers 16th January 2021 Happy that this has been resolved quickly. Just grateful the problem came to light before an incident triggered it. Hunters and mountain bikers are certainly not a ... more
  • Saddened to learn that Taffy Davies has passed away at Bonnells Bay, not far off his 100th birthday. He was a tremendous bloke who had a fascinating life and a wicked Bay loses a wonderful character in Taffy Davies 15th January 2021 Saddened to learn that Taffy Davies has passed away at Bonnells Bay, not far off his 100th birthday. He was a tremendous bloke who had a fascinating life and a wicked ... more
  • A very sad milestone was reached this morning when the global death toll passed two million. The situations in the UK, the US and Europe are horrendous and will Covid update - Friday 15th January 2021 A very sad milestone was reached this morning when the global death toll passed two million. The situations in the UK, the US and Europe are horrendous and will ... more
  • The good news today is that there's been zero new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the 24 hours to 8pm. Hopefully that trend continues. There Covid update - Thursday 14th January 2021 The good news today is that there's been zero new cases of community transmission anywhere in NSW over the 24 hours to 8pm. Hopefully that trend continues. There ... more
  • For the first time since the Northern Beaches outbreak began in mid-December, active case numbers in NSW have started to decline, falling by 9 yesterday to 191. Covid update - Wednesday 13th January 2021 For the first time since the Northern Beaches outbreak began in mid-December, active case numbers in NSW have started to decline, falling by 9 yesterday to 191. ... more
  • I still have plenty of free copies of the 2021 Seniors Card Directory and the 2021 Legal Aid Diary for Seniors available in my office. Both are really handy publications. Free copies of seniors' diaries available 13th January 2021 I still have plenty of free copies of the 2021 Seniors Card Directory and the 2021 Legal Aid Diary for Seniors available in my office. Both are really handy publications. ... more
  • Origin Energy has today announced that it is moving ahead with plans to install a 700-megawatt battery at Eraring Power Station. This would be the biggest of its Big news for Eraring power station 12th January 2021 Origin Energy has today announced that it is moving ahead with plans to install a 700-megawatt battery at Eraring Power Station. This would be the biggest of its ... more
  • There were 5 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. Of those, two are in the Mt Druitt area in western Sydney and the source is Covid update - Tuesday 12th January 2021 There were 5 new cases of community transmission recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm. Of those, two are in the Mt Druitt area in western Sydney and the source is ... more