News Archives
2019
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Construction on the outdated Wyee train station began this week.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..
Website: Read original story here
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..
Website: Read original story here
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. .
Website: Read full parliamentary debate here
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"..
Website: Read original story here
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..
Website: Read full Parliamentary debate
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..
Website: Read original story here
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..
Website: Read original story here
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..
Website: Read original story here
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. .
Website: Read original story here
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. .
Website: Read original story here
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..
Website: Read original story here
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"..
Website: Read original story here
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..
Website: Read original story here
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..
Website: Read original story here
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..
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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 .
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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?.
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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..
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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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