Wednesday 26th February 2020
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By Greg Piper

I wish to acknowledge Bob Marks and Karl Zalewski who have proven that good things can often come from heartbreaking tragedy.

Last November, Simon Marks suffered a fatal heart attack while playing cricket for the Dora Creek Worker’s Club’s D2-grade team.

While

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Tuesday 25th February 2020
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By Greg Piper

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.

Operation Hope, founded by Erica in 2017, has been sourcing and collecting donations of unused medical equipment and supplies from hospitals and shipping

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Thursday 14th November 2019
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By Greg Piper

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.

Following many years of hard work by the college's leadership group, Avondale

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Tuesday 15th October 2019
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By Greg Piper

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.

Jack was aged just 17 when he completed his first full season of driving in the 2018-19 racing calendar.

Just

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Thursday 26th September 2019
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By Greg Piper

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.

Brian Finlay has been a butcher for 50 years but has spent the past 30 years at Martin's Meats in Walmsley Street.

In

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Thursday 19th September 2019
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By Greg Piper

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.

The Swampies took an army of local supporters up to Waratah Oval in Newcastle on Saturday and after a tight first half, ran away in the second to beat Belmont Souths

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Wednesday 18th September 2019
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By Greg Piper

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 as either President or Treasurer. Several years ago, Lynne devised the idea of conducting

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Thursday 8th August 2019
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By Greg Piper

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.

Oliver Croft was in Year 3 when he first wrote to me about the flag poles at his school.

He fondly remembered

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Wednesday 7th August 2019
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By Greg Piper

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.

This year’s event will be Enid’s fifth. Despite being ill and undergoing surgery just a few months ago, Enid is determined to finish

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Friday 25th January 2019
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By Greg Piper

I recently acknowledged the work of Suzanne Pritchard in State Parliament.

Suzanne epitomises the wonderful community spirit we enjoy in Lake Macquarie.She has been the President of the Coal Point Progress Association for 23 years and is a passionate advocate for sustainable development. The association is a vital part of the Coal Point

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