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  • 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
  • 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