Newspaper column by Mr MacDonald that appeared in the Wyong Regional Chronicle on the 3rd October 2018.
Report from the Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC
Stronger Country Communities
On the 11th September I joined Central Coast Mayor Jane Smith to announce successful projects to Central Coast Council from the 2nd round of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. There were four projects in Wyong, including $1.5 million for the Wyong Cultural Hub, $259,000 to rebuild the clubhouse at Don Small Oval, $995,700 for a footpath/cycleway at Norah Head and $542,269 for a footpath/cycleway along the Tuggerawong foreshore.
New Intercity Fleet Tour
On 24th September I toured a model carriage of the New Intercity Fleet. The new fl eet and associated infrastructure is a $2.8 billion investment by the NSW Liberal National Government. The new carriages feature wider, more comfortable seats in a 2+2 format, tray tables and powerpoints for charging devices. There is increased storage for luggage, prams and bicycles. The fi nal design is still being fi nessed, and the new carriages will begin to rollout on the Central Coast line the second
half of 2019. To view a brochure of features visit https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/new-intercity-fleet
PEL 461 Buyback & Cancellation
On 26th September Minister for Resources the Hon. Don Harwin announced the buy back and cancellation of the Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) 461. This licence was granted in 2008 under the previous Labor government and covered about 15,000 hectares around Wyee, Budgewoi and Swansea. The footprint of Coal Seam Gas exploration across NSW has been reduced from 60% to less than 7% under this Government. This cancellation gives certainty to residents in the northern
region of the Central Coast. The Minister also spoke in the House on the buyback, to view the speech visit https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/hansard/Pages/member-speeches.aspx?pk=87