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  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • '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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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". ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • '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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 c... ... more
  • 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 pos... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • $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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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, ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ki... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • $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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 t... ... more
  • 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”. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • $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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • '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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 lak... ... more
  • $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 Aborigina... ... more
  • 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 r... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • $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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • $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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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”. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 Australi... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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”. ... more
  • 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 preselect... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 tr... ... more
  • 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,... ... more
  • 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 go... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 Mana... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • '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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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”. ... more
  • 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). ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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’. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 ... more
  • 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, ... more
  • 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 governm... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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... ... more
  • 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 ... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • $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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 fo... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 Con... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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’... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 contracto... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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”. ... more
  • 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 ... ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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. ... more
  • 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 pote... ... more