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  • 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