Scot MacDonald

Press Releases

Please find Scot's press releases below. Click the year for archived material.

CENTRAL COAST MOTORISTS URGED TO STOP IT OR COP IT

Thu 14th Dec 2017

In the lead-up to the busiest time of year on the State’s roads, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is today urging motorists to re-think their on-road behaviour with the launch of the NSW Government’s latest enforcement campaign: Stop it…Or cop it. &... more details

HUNTER MOTORISTS URGED TO STOP IT OR COP IT

Thu 14th Dec 2017

In the lead-up to the busiest time of year on the State’s roads, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is today urging motorists to re-think their on-road behaviour with the launch of the NSW Government’s latest enforcement campaign: Stop it…Or cop it.   &... more details

NEW PLANNING POLICY FOR AGRICULTURE ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Wed 13th Dec 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC has said there will be a follow up meeting with farmers on the Central Coast to discuss the proposed Primary Production and Rural Development SEPP. Mr MacDonald said a number of farmers from the Central Coast attended a forum earlier... more details

NDIS FORUM ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Mon 11th Dec 2017

The NSW Liberal National Government will help businesses on the Central Coast make the most of the rollout of the Commonwealth’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as part of a $19 million statewide program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said an &ls... more details

HUNTER ARTIST BENEFITS FROM FELLOWSHIP

Sun 10th Dec 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement of a prestigious fellowship to a Newcastle artist. Mayfield artist Cadi McCarthy will receive one of three $50,000 Create NSW (Priority) Regional Arts Fellowships. Cadi McCarthy (Founder and director Catapult d... more details

PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS AT NORTH LAMBTON

Sat 09th Dec 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced work will start this coming week to improve pedestrian safety on University Drive at North Lambton. “The NSW Government has allocated $920,000 in funding to improve pedestrian connections and safety east of Sunset Boule... more details

LISAROW STATION COMMUNITY MEETING

Fri 08th Dec 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC this morning joined community members at Lisarow Railway Station after receiving an invitation from Miss Anne Love. This followed an inspection of Lisarow Station earlier in the year with the Hon Taylor Martin MLC and subsequent repre... more details

LIGHTS ARE ON AT MINGARA INTERSECTION

Fri 08th Dec 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the new traffic lights at the Mingara Drive, Tumbi Creek and Wyong roads intersection are now switched on, improving traffic flow and safety for motorists as part of the $35 million Wyong Road intersection upgrades. “This i... more details

FIXING COUNTRY ROADS FUNDING FOR CESSNOCK

Thu 07th Dec 2017

Two projects in Cessnock are among sixty-seven projects across regional NSW that have been approved for funding in the third round of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Fixing Country Roads program, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. $50,000 will go ... more details

NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR WARNERVALE

Thu 07th Dec 2017

Families in Warnervale will benefit from a new primary school to be built as part of the NSW Government’s record $4.2 billion school building investment. Planning has commenced on the design of the new school, which includes 20 new future focused classrooms and facilities including a new hall... more details

VOLUNTEERS HONOURED AS BERESFIELD DRIVER REVIVER ENDS

Thu 07th Dec 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today thanked the Morisset Lions Club for their 30 year contribution to road safety at an event at Fletcher Community Centre this morning. Mr MacDonald said the Morisset Lions Club have operated the Driver Reviver in the Hunter Region for th... more details

SERVICE NSW CESSNOCK CONTINUING TO IMPRESS

Wed 06th Dec 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC joined Service NSW CEO Damon Rees to congratulate the Cessnock Service Centre team on serving more than 73,000 customers since opening in June 2016. “Service NSW brings together the most common types of government services, including R... more details

SERVICE NSW RAYMOND TERRACE CONTINUING TO IMPRESS

Wed 06th Dec 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC joined Service NSW CEO Damon Rees to meet the team and officially open the new Raymond Terrace Service Centre. “Service NSW brings together the most common types of government services, including Roads and Maritime Services, Fair Tradi... more details

LIGHT RAIL TRACK ARRIVES IN NEWCASTLE

Mon 04th Dec 2017

More than 12 kilometres of light rail track has arrived in Newcastle ready to be installed along the city’s new light rail route. The straight and curved sections, weighing a total of 646 tonnes, arrived in the Port of Newcastle from Austria on Thursday. “This is a major milestone for ... more details

STARTUP WORKSHOP FOR HUNTER BUSINESSES

Mon 04th Dec 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC says Hunter business innovators will be able to attend a University of Newcastle startup workshop on Tuesday 5th December supported by the NSW Government. Mr MacDonald said the ‘I2N Lean Startup Workshop’ on Product Design is bei... more details

RETURN AND EARN GOES LIVE IN THE HUNTER

Fri 01st Dec 2017

From today Hunter residents will be able to return eligible containers to collection points in the Hunter for a 10-cent refund as part of the state’s container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said. The following collection points have... more details

$300 MILLION RAIL PROJECT TO START AT KANGY ANGY

Fri 01st Dec 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced today that work will begin in early 2018 on the New Intercity Fleet Program Maintenance Facility at Kangy Angy to prepare for the arrival of the state-of-the-art $2.3 billion New Intercity Fleet. “We have awarded a key... more details

20 YEAR VISION FOR GREATER NEWCASTLE

Thu 30th Nov 2017

A strategic and far-sighted plan for Greater Newcastle will see it forge ahead as a dynamic city with a globally competitive economy and a great lifestyle. Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan at Fort Sc... more details

WORKS BEGIN ON NEW MAITLAND HOSPITAL

Thu 30th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today unveiled the concept design for the new Maitland Hospital while confirming enabling works have begun onsite. Mr MacDonald toured the site with representatives from Health Infrastructure and Hunter New England Local Health District and ... more details

SALAMANDER BAY GETS RETURN AND EARN REVERSE VENDING MACHINE

Wed 29th Nov 2017

A Return and Earn reverse vending machine kiosk has been installed at Salamander Bay Shopping Centre, Town Centre Circuit, Salamander Bay as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s container deposit scheme rollout, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced. Thi... more details

ON DEMAND BIKE TRIAL FOR NEWCASTLE

Tue 28th Nov 2017

Amended release Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has today announced that an electric bike share trial will be launched in Newcastle in early 2018 as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s On Demand public transport trial. The intelligent electric bike sharing... more details

$80,000 GRANT TO TACKLE LITTER IN THE HUNTER

Tue 28th Nov 2017

Hunter Councils has received an $80,000 NSW Government grant for a litter reduction program, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The funding if will go towards a clean-up and awareness campaign for arterial roads, targeting roadside litter thrown from vehicles... more details

NEW EXPRESS TRAIN FOR NEWCASTLE TO SYDNEY

Mon 27th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced train customers travelling to the Sydney CBD from the new Newcastle Interchange can board new fast services to save time and get to the city quicker. These new services mean customers can save more than three hours a week, or... more details

NEWCASTLE CRUISE TERMINAL DESIGN UNVEILED

Mon 27th Nov 2017

The NSW Government and Port of Newcastle today revealed the design of the new Newcastle Cruise Terminal which will transform the cruise passenger experience in Newcastle. The purpose-built facility will cover approximately 3,000m2 and will include facilities for passenger drop-off and pick up, coac... more details

NEW TRAIN TIMETABLE FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Mon 27th Nov 2017

Central Coast train customers travelling to the Sydney CBD are able to access the trial Newcastle to Sydney express service Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said today. “These services commenced on Sunday and will operate as part of a six-month trial, so I enco... more details

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM HITS 500 JOBS

Fri 24th Nov 2017

More than 500 veterans have found jobs in the NSW public sector with the assistance of the Veterans Employment Program (VEP), exceeding the Government’s target by 162 per cent and 18 months ahead of schedule. Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott today released the results of an 18-mont... more details

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR CENTRAL COAST FOOTBALL CLUBS

Wed 22nd Nov 2017

Football clubs on the Central Coast are encouraged to apply for the second round of Asian Cup Legacy funding which is now open. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said that football clubs on the Central Coast should consider improvements to facilities that benefit the ... more details

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR HUNTER FOOTBALL CLUBS

Wed 22nd Nov 2017

Football clubs in the Hunter are encouraged to apply for the second round of Asian Cup Legacy funding which is now open. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said that football clubs in the Hunter should consider improvements to facilities that benefit the whole of community. ... more details

NEWCASTLE 500 SUPERCARS BUSINESS DIRECTORY

Tue 21st Nov 2017

A directory of local products and services is now available ahead of the Newcastle 500 Supercars Weekend on the 24-26th November, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The directory was prepared by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet in collaboration with ... more details

FLOOD PROTECTION FUNDING FOR CENTRAL COAST

Mon 20th Nov 2017

Central Coast Council has received $313,333 in grants from the NSW Liberal National Government to help protect the Central Coast community from flood risks, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The NSW Government’s Floodplain Management grant progr... more details

SOCIAL HOUSING COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT FUND OPENS

Mon 20th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is calling on community organisations on the Central Coast and in the Hunter to apply for a share of $1.2 million in funding to help build or improve community facilities for social housing tenants and the wider communit... more details

INFRASTRUCTURE LOANS FOR NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL

Sun 19th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced Newcastle City Council will have access to low interest T Corp loans through the State borrowing facility to invest in critical infrastructure projects in the region.  Mr MacDonald said today’s announcement, based ... more details

HUNTER SHINES AT 2017 NSW TOURISM AWARDS

Sat 18th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated three Hunter businesses on their outstanding achievements at the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards, which were held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on the evening of Thursday 16th November. Margan Family Winegrowers ... more details

FLOOD PROTECTION FUNDING FOR CESSNOCK

Fri 17th Nov 2017

Cessnock City Council has received $226,666 in grants from the NSW Liberal National Government to help protect the Cessnock community from flood risks, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. Three projects have been funded: Black Creek flood warning system con... more details

FUNDING FOR LOCAL SOLUTIONS TO CENTRAL COAST CRIME

Thu 16th Nov 2017

The Central Coast community is being encouraged to apply to the NSW Government with solutions to stamp down on local crime and anti-social behaviour. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP encouraged local non-government and not-for-p... more details

FUNDING FOR LOCAL SOLUTIONS TO HUNTER CRIME

Thu 16th Nov 2017

The Hunter community is being encouraged to apply to the NSW Government with solutions to stamp down on local crime and anti-social behaviour. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC encouraged local non-government and not-for-profit community groups, councils, businesses and orga... more details

TRAINING THE YOUTH OF PORT STEPHENS

Thu 16th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated students involved in the Real Futures Foundation program following a site tour and awards presentation on Friday 10th November. The Real Futures Foundation is a not for profit program funded through the NSW Governments Smar... more details

SURGE IN FIRST HOMEOWNERS ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Wed 15th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has urged first home buyers on the Central Coast to continue taking advantage of stamp duty relief measures from the NSW Liberal & National Government through the First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme. 553 stamp duty exemptions were... more details

FUTURE OF PRIMARY PRODUCTION AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE HUNTER

Tue 14th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging the Hunter community to engage with the proposed changes to NSW Planning policies regulating farming. Changes proposed include consolidating the following five existing SEPPs to a new Primary Production and Rural Development S... more details

GRANT FOR HUNTER MINING EQUIPMENT BUSINESS

Tue 14th Nov 2017

Cardiff-based mining equipment business HMS Equipment has secured funding from the NSW Liberal National Government that will enable part of a $740,000 business expansion project which is set to create up to 20 new jobs in the region, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announce... more details

FUNDING FOR COOKS HILL UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB

Mon 13th Nov 2017

Cooks Hill United Football Club in Newcastle has secured $85,010 in funding from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Asian Cup Legacy Fund to improve their local football facilities. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC said that the grant will improve facilities at a ... more details

FUNDING FOR THE LOCK UP IN NEWCASTLE

Mon 13th Nov 2017

The Lock Up in Hunter Street Newcastle will receive $150,000 in annual funding for 2018 through the NSW Liberal National Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The funding will support a diverse rang... more details

NEW CESSNOCK COMMUNITY RECYCLING CENTRE

Mon 13th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today officially opened the new Cessnock Community Recycling Centre (CRC), where householders can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles e-waste and batteries for free. The CRC has been established by Cessnock City Council... more details

FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE ON THE CENTRAL COAST PLATEAU?

Mon 13th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging the Central Coast community to engage with the proposed State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) - Primary Production and Rural Development 2017 which is currently being drafted. Changes proposed include consolidating... more details

RECOGNITION OF TILLIGERRY HABITAT ASSOCIATION

Mon 13th Nov 2017

The Tilligerry Habitat Association Inc. has been recognised for its work in conservation, rehabilitation and education, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today.  The Association was named the NSW Department of Industry – Crown Lands & Water, Crown Reserve... more details

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION GRANTS OPEN FOR THE CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Sat 11th Nov 2017

Not-for-profit, community based services in the Central Coast and the Hunter are encouraged to apply for $4.5 million worth of grants, targeting the youngest learners in the region. Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said research shows a quality early education is the best prepa... more details

HUNTER IS THE ‘SWEET SPOT’ FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS

Fri 10th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has urged first home buyers in the Hunter to take advantage of stamp duty relief measures from the NSW Liberal & National Government. Figures for the Hunter show more stamp duty exemptions in the first four months of the 2017/18 financia... more details

HUNTER IS THE ‘SWEET SPOT’ FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS

Thu 09th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has urged first home buyers in the Hunter to take advantage of stamp duty relief measures from the NSW Liberal & National Government. New figures for the Hunter show more stamp duty exemptions in the first four months of the 2017/18 fina... more details

COASTAL GRANTS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

Thu 09th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging councils which manage coastal and estuary environments to consider applying for the NSW Government's Coastal and Estuary Grants Program. Speaking on Wednesday morning at the 26th NSW Coastal Con... more details

FUNDING TO CENTRAL COAST SCHOOLS

Thu 09th Nov 2017

Government schools in Gosford, Wyong and The Entrance will be able to improve education resources and support for students with a total of $33.4 million in needs-based funding for 2018. The funding breakdown for each electorate is; Gosford $10,120,598 The Entrance $10,... more details

FUNDING TO HUNTER SCHOOLS

Thu 09th Nov 2017

Government schools in the Hunter will be able to improve education resources and support for students with a total of $94.5 million in needs-based funding for 2018. The funding breakdown for each electorate is; Cessnock $17,997,826 Charlestown $9,800,455 Lake ... more details

FUNDING FOR ENERGY SAVING UPGRADES IN NEWCASTLE

Thu 09th Nov 2017

Heritage listed T&G Building and Civic Railway Workshops Group in Newcastle will share in $150,000 in NSW Government grants to help slash the building’s energy bills, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. Cedtory Pty Limited will receive $100,000 to up... more details

STUDENT SIXERS SMASH HITS THE HUNTER

Sat 04th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced a big bash league style cricket match for international students will be held at the University of Newcastle on Sunday as part of a StudyNSW and CricketNSW project. Mr MacDonald said StudyNSW, the NSW Government organisation th... more details

NEW AMBULANCE STATIONS FOR WYONG AND TOUKLEY

Fri 03rd Nov 2017

$9.1 million will be invested in the construction of two new NSW Ambulance stations in Wyong and Toukley, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. This will deliver on the 2015 Election commitment by the NSW Liberal National Government. In addition to the e... more details

FUNDING TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Fri 03rd Nov 2017

Councils and food relief agencies on the Central Coast can now apply for a share of $2 million in grants to help rescue surplus food before it is sent to landfill, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.  Grants of up to $200,000 are available over two... more details

BOXING DAY TRADING HOTLINE FOR THE HUNTER

Thu 02nd Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the recent announcement by the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet that a dedicated hotline will be available for workers and businesses to help ensure they are aware of their rights and responsibilities in the lead up to Boxing Day ... more details

AEROSPACE HUB TAKES OFF AT WILLIAMTOWN

Wed 01st Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today helped launch the new defence, security, and aerospace hub at Williamtown which has been developed by the University of Newcastle with support of the NSW Government. Mr MacDonald said the hub, named ‘DSA-18’, will support r... more details

GRANTS OPEN FOR DEFIBRILLATORS

Wed 01st Nov 2017

Local sports clubs on the Central Coast and in the Hunter are being urged to apply for co-funding for a defibrillator under the NSW Government’s new Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said more than 2,500 Au... more details

INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST AND THE HUNTER

Wed 01st Nov 2017

Community organisations on the Central Coast and in the Hunter can now apply for the next round of funding for local projects under the NSW Liberal National Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. ... more details

FUNDING TO CUT BURGLARIES IN LAKE MACQUARIE

Tue 31st Oct 2017

The NSW Government has awarded $49,585 to Lake Macquarie City Council for a program to cut break-ins to homes, Attorney General Mark Speakman and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.  The funding is part of the $500,000 Safer Community Compact grants to he... more details

RETURN AND EARN REVERSE VENDING MACHINE FOR MEDOWIE

Mon 30th Oct 2017

The Hunter’s first Return and Earn reverse vending machine kiosk has been installed in Medowie as part of the state’s container deposit scheme rollout, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The kiosk has been installed at Woolworths Supermarket in Me... more details

FUNDING FOR BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE IN CHARLESTOWN

Mon 30th Oct 2017

More working families in Charlestown will have access to flexible before and after school care for their children, following the announcement that Charlestown South Public School will receive $30,000 from the NSW Government’s Before and After School Care Fund. Charlestown South Public School ... more details

BOXING DAY TRADING HOTLINE FOR CENTRAL COAST

Fri 27th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the recent announcement by the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet that a dedicated hotline will be available for workers and businesses to help ensure they are aware of their rights and responsibilities in the lead up to Boxi... more details

BROADMEADOW REDEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Thu 26th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is reminding the Hunter community that the final community consultation events on the concept plan for the Hunter Sports and Entertainment Precinct at Broadmeadow are scheduled for this Sunday 29th October. Broadmeadow Showground, Brown Ro... more details

MAINTENANCE WORK ON MORPETH BRIDGE COMPLETE

Wed 25th Oct 2017

The essential maintenance project on the state heritage listed Morpeth Bridge, across the Hunter River at Morpeth, is now complete for the benefit of Maitland motorists. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government provided $2.9 million for work to maintain the ... more details

Civcon Scholarship Winners Commended by Parliament

Tue 24th Oct 2017

Rachel Fisher and Sam Price from Hunter River High School have been congratulated and commended by the NSW Parliament’s Upper House on being awarded the prestigious inaugural Civcon Scholarship which enabled them to attend the Beef Cattle Assessment course at Tocal College. Liberal Upper Hous... more details

WYONG WOMENS’ HEALTH CENTRE COMMENDED BY PARLIAMENT

Tue 24th Oct 2017

The Central Coast Community Women’s Health Centre at Wyong has been commended by the NSW Parliament’s Upper House following a motion by Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC. “Sadly, Wyong has one of the highest rates of domes... more details

TOP APPRENTICE JOSH TERRAS WINS ANOTHER TITLE

Tue 24th Oct 2017

After winning the Title of Komatsu Australia’s Top Apprentice of the Year in 2016 and NSW Training Awards Top Apprentice of the Year in Vehicle Trades in 2017, Lake Macquarie resident, Joshua Terras can now add a Parliamentary Commendation to his list of ever accruing accolades. Liberal Upper... more details

Parliament commends Hastings Valley Netballers’ Historic Win

Mon 23rd Oct 2017

The NSW Parliament’s Upper House has voted unanimously to commend Hastings Valley Netball Association on its historic win of the State Netball Cup last month.  The Resolution of the Parliament came about after Liberal MP, Scot MacDonald raised the big win in the House on 20 October 2017.... more details

NEW REFORMS TARGETING RURAL CRIME OFFENDERS

Mon 23rd Oct 2017

The second annual NSW Rural Crime Week officially commenced today just days after the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government introduced a Bill to strengthen legislation regarding stock theft, trespass and illegal hunting. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said farmers and p... more details

NSW Parliament Honours Nelson Bay’s Iconic Dr Frederick Burton

Mon 23rd Oct 2017

Liberal Upper House MP, Scot MacDonald has had a moving Tribute Motion unanimously adopted by the NSW Parliament’s Upper House in honour of local iconic figure, Dr Frederick Burton. “Dr Burton who served as Nelson Bay’s first full-time dentist sadly passed away on 27 September 201... more details

Parliament Honours Koori Knockout

Mon 23rd Oct 2017

Liberal Upper House MP, Scot MacDonald’s motion to acknowledge and commend the success of the 2017 Koori Knockout has passed the NSW Parliament’s Upper House by a unanimous vote. “The Koori Knockout has become an iconic fixture on the Sporting Calendar since the first match was he... more details

WATER RELIEF ARRIVES AT WILLIAMTOWN

Fri 20th Oct 2017

Town water is now flowing to Salt Ash Public School and streets throughout the Williamtown Investigation Area as the water supply project reaches its final stages. The project was first announced by the NSW Government in December 2015, and Hunter Water has since designed and constructed a reticulat... more details

Parliament Praises $100k raised for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Fri 20th Oct 2017

The NSW Parliament’s Upper House has unanimously voted to commend the efforts of the Alive and Well Ride for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service which raised over $100k. Liberal Upper House MP, Scot MacDonald moved the Motion which acknowledged and commended those mountain bikers that road ... more details

Newcastle University Athletes Earn Parliamentary Commendations

Fri 20th Oct 2017

Eleven Newcastle University students that were selected in Australian Merit Teams following their outstanding performances at the recent Australian University Games have earnt Parliamentary Commendations. Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald was “s... more details

Top Whistle Blower reaches “A” Grade level at 17

Fri 20th Oct 2017

Terrigal resident, Jordon Kiss of Terrigal began umpiring Netball at 13 and a mere four years later has now achieved the highest Umpiring level in the State having been awarded the “A” Grade Umpires’ Badge on a recent Netball NSW Premier League Match. The New South Wales Parliamen... more details

GRANTS AVAILABLE TO COMBAT LITTER

Thu 19th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is inviting councils across the Central Coast and Hunter to apply for a share in $1.25 million in grants to reduce litter in NSW. All individual Councils in NSW can apply for grants of between $30,000 and $100,000 under... more details

SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE HUNTER

Thu 19th Oct 2017

The NSW Government is partnering with the University of Newcastle as part of a program to support and engage with the state’s international students. StudyNSW is investing $358,000 in 10 partner projects across the state to improve the international student experience in NSW. Parliamentary S... more details

PORT STEPHENS MAYOR MEETS NSW PREMIER

Wed 18th Oct 2017

Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer joined Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC in NSW Parliament today for several important meetings concerning the Port Stephens community. Firstly Mr Palmer joined the Elected Representatives Group on the PFAS contamination affecting the communit... more details

FAIRER DEAL ON TICKETS AND GIFT CARDS

Wed 18th Oct 2017

Consumers across the Central Coast and the Hunter will get a fairer deal on event tickets and gift cards, under new reforms proposed by the NSW Liberal National Government. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the government is putting consumers first and listening to their everyday concer... more details

SAFER PATHWAYS TO LAUNCH IN LAKE MACQUARIE

Wed 18th Oct 2017

Domestic and family violence victims living in the Lake Macquarie Local Area Command (LAC) will soon have a single contact point to access the support they need with the commencement of a new Safer Pathway site in March next year, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault P... more details

HERITAGE GRANTS OPEN FOR THE HUNTER

Tue 17th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has highlighted that the latest round of NSW Government heritage funding is now open for the Hunter. The three grant programs aim to fund projects that promote and help put planning in place to protect the state’s heritage. Mr MacDona... more details

CROWN LAND COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Tue 17th Oct 2017

Local Crown land managers, tenure holders, trusts, councils and the wider Newcastle community are being invited to have their say on the draft Community Engagement Strategy for Crown land. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said community and stakeholder feedback is vital. &... more details

FUNDING TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Tue 17th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced a new community program to support young Aboriginal people affected by mental illness living on the Central Coast. Yerin Aboriginal Services will receive $200,000 to build culturally responsive partnerships with Aborig... more details

FUNDING FOR NEWCASTLE DANCE STUDIO

Tue 17th Oct 2017

Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub in Hunter Street, Newcastle will receive $80,000 in Annual funding through the NSW Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The funding aids in the delivery of Catapult... more details

HERITAGE GRANTS OPEN FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Mon 16th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has highlighted that the latest round of NSW Government heritage funding is now open for the Central Coast. The three grant programs aim to fund projects that promote and help put planning in place to protect the state’s heritag... more details

HUNTER REPRESENTED AT VOCATIONAL AWARDS

Sat 14th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLChas congratulated Emma Gibson of Telarah and JA Martin Electrical from Tomago on their achievements at the 2017 NSW & ACT Group Training (GTO) Awards, held at Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Friday evening. Ms Gibson was awarded the Tra... more details

BOATING UPGRADES FOR LAKE MACQUARIE

Fri 13th Oct 2017

Major NSW Government funded boating upgrades at Balmoral Reserve and Toronto’s Lions Park are now completed ahead of the summer boating season, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. “The two projects are worth almost $900,000 and aim to improve safet... more details

CENTRAL COAST PALLIATIVE CARE WORKSHOP

Fri 13th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP today hosted a palliative care consultative workshop in Gosford. In attendance were executives from the Central Coast Local Health District and representatives from Hunter New England Central Coa... more details

WORLDS BEST WOMEN SURFERS COMING TO PORT STEPHENS

Thu 12th Oct 2017

The largest women’s surfing event in the world is coming to the Hunter, with the Port Stephens NSW Pro to be held at Birubi Beach in November 2017 and 2018. The event has been secured exclusively for Port Stephens by the NSW Government. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald M... more details

SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOUNG NEWCASTLE ARTIST

Wed 11th Oct 2017

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that young Hunter artist Sophie Aked will receive $10,000 to undertake a professional development program. Ms Aked of Cooks Hill received the money from the first of two funding rounds fro... more details

FUNDING FOR LAKE MACQUARIE ABORIGINAL HERITAGE

Wed 11th Oct 2017

Minister for Arts Don Harwin and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council will receive $20,000 in funding to preserve Awabakal heritage. Lake Macquarie City Council will engage immersive heritage specialist Brett Leavy to work with t... more details

GRANT FOR LAKE MACQUARIE DANCER

Tue 10th Oct 2017

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Lake Macquarie dancer Jessica Conneely will further her career with a professional development opportunity made possible through NSW Government funding. Jessica will receive $5,000 as... more details

UPGRADE TO ALESCO SENIOR COLLEGE

Mon 09th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement that Alesco Senior College, Raymond Terrace Campus will receive $49,200 from the NSW Government to renovate a new campus building at 72 Port Stephens Street, Raymond Terrace for students from disadvantaged backgr... more details

UPGRADES TO COMMUNITY SPACES IN PORT STEPHENS

Mon 09th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLChas welcomed the announcement that Port Stephens Council will receive $75,000 from the NSW Government Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) to build and improve community spaces in Port Stephens. $50,000 will go towards improvemen... more details

FUNDING FOR NEWCASTLE HERITAGE

Mon 09th Oct 2017

Nobbys Headland and Lighthouse and Newcastle Maritime Museum will receive $39,000 and $64,820 respectively in NSW Government heritage grants to support projects which increase community interaction and participation with publicly accessibly heritage items, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot... more details

WORK STARTS ON CABBAGE TREE ROAD

Thu 05th Oct 2017

Motorists are advised a $1.35 million road rebuilding project will start next week on Cabbage Tree Road at Williamtown. The NSW Government has provided the funding to upgrade a 1.6 kilometre section of Cabbage Tree Road to reduce ongoing maintenance costs and improve motorist safety. Parliamentary... more details

CONSULTATION OPENS FOR HAMILTON SOUTH ROAD UPGRADES

Wed 27th Sep 2017

The community is invited to provide feedback on an environmental assessment which has been completed for proposed road safety upgrades on Stewart Avenue at the Parkway Avenue and Kemp Street intersections at Hamilton South. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Gove... more details

BOATING UPGRADE FOR ELEEBANA

Wed 27th Sep 2017

Work is now complete on boating infrastructure upgrades at Croudace Bay at Valentine Crescent and Thomas H Halton Park at Eleebana. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government provided $434,000 to install a new pontoon at Thomas H Halton Park. “Locals an... more details

OURIMBAH STATION MASTER’S COTTAGE

Tue 26th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is reminding the Central Coast community that plans to ‘adopt’ the Ourimbah Railway Station Master's cottage need to be submitted by the 26th October. A six-month freeze on future plans for the cottage was obtained in Apri... more details

NEWCASTLE TO HOST MICRO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Tue 26th Sep 2017

Newcastle will come alive as part of a NSW Government initiative to take micro music festivals to the regions for the first time. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC revealed Newcastle City Council has been successful in its bid to host a Live and Local event during 2017/2018 ... more details

REMINDER TO APPLY FOR SPORTS GRANTS

Mon 25th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is reminding local sports clubs on the Central Coast and in the Hunter that applications to the NSW Government’s Local Sport Program close on the 6th October. $50,000 has been allocated to each of the electorates ... more details

FUNDING FOR SAILABILITY BELMONT

Fri 22nd Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald was onsite today at the Belmont 16s in Belmont to present a $5,000 cheque to Sailability Belmont for the purchase of new lifejackets. Sailability Belmont 16s is the largest Sailability operation in Australia and is this year celebrating its 20 y... more details

BOXING DAY TRADING FOR THE CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Thu 21st Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed legislation passed by the NSW Parliament yesterday evening to permanently give retailers, employees and consumers the freedom to trade, work and shop on Boxing Day. The legislation follows a two-year trial ... more details

BOXING DAY TRADING FOR NSW

Thu 21st Sep 2017

Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed legislation passed by the NSW Parliament yesterday evening to permanently give retailers, employees and consumers across NSW the freedom to trade, work and shop on Boxing Day. The legislation follows a two-year trial and a comprehensive review, conducted by Professor... more details

THANKS TO OUTGOING CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL CEO

Wed 20th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has thanked outgoing Central Coast Council CEO Rob Noble for his outstanding leadership of Central Coast Council. “Mr Noble’s stewardship of the amalgamated Central Coast Council has placed the region in great stead for th... more details

RETIREMENT VILLAGE INQUIRY HEARINGS

Mon 18th Sep 2017

The NSW Government Inquiry into the Retirement Village sector in NSW will hold public hearings in Hornsby on Tuesday 3rd October and Newcastle on Wednesday 4th October 2017. The Hornsby hearing will be held 10am – 12pm at Hornsby RSL, 4 High Street Hornsby and the Newcastle hearing will be he... more details

TENDER AWARDED FOR MAITLAND SPORTSGROUND

Mon 18th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Clouston Associates are the successful tenderers to oversee Stage 2 of the Maitland Regional Sportsground Complex. “We are committed to making the Hunter region a more attractive place to live, work and travel and ... more details

FUNDING FOR BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE IN CHARLESTOWN

Fri 15th Sep 2017

More working families in Charlestown will have access to flexible before and after school care for their children, following the announcement that St Paul’s Primary School in Gateshead will receive $30,000 from the NSW Government’s Before and After School Care Fund. St Paul’s Prim... more details

HUNTER NURSE RECOGNISED AT HEALTH AWARDS

Fri 15th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated Michelle Giles, a clinical nurse consultant in the Hunter New England LHD, awarded for her exemplary work at the fifth annual NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards. Michelle was among 12 outstanding nurses a... more details

ROAD FUNDING FOR PORT STEPHENS

Thu 14th Sep 2017

  An additional $3 million will be invested in roads within Port Stephens over the next two years as part of the NSW Governments $70 million Safer Roads Program targeting 172 safety upgrades to the state’s road network to help drive down the road toll. “Last year 254 people lost t... more details

IMPROVED BOATING ACCESS TO KARUAH RIVER

Wed 13th Sep 2017

Boaties will now benefit from improved facilities in the Karuah River at Port Stephens with the completion of a major upgrade at the Karuah boat ramp. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government provided $400,000 towards the $600,000 project as part of the Boat... more details

PREPARE FOR HUNTER BUSHFIRE SEASON

Tue 12th Sep 2017

After the driest winter in 15 years NSW faces challenging conditions as bushfire season approaches. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC encouraged all residents who live near bushland and areas prone to grass fires to start preparing for the season ahead. This coming weekend,... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER ANZAC COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Tue 12th Sep 2017

Funding is available to help communities protect and repair local war memorials and to support projects which commemorate the service of current and former NSW service men and women. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today called for applications in the latest round of the C... more details

FUNDING FOR CENTRAL COAST ANZAC COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Tue 12th Sep 2017

Funding is available to help communities protect and repair local war memorials and to support projects which commemorate the service of current and former NSW service men and women. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today called for applications in the latest round o... more details

ADDITIONAL SOCIAL HOMES FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Tue 12th Sep 2017

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced today that the Government had now committed to a target of 3400 new social and affordable dwellings through the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), following 2200 announced in March. Parliamentary Secretary for t... more details

ADDITIONAL SOCIAL HOMES FOR THE HUNTER

Tue 12th Sep 2017

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced today that the Government had now committed to a target of 3400 new social and affordable dwellings through the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), following 2200 announced in March. Parliamentary Secretary for t... more details

KATE WASHINGTON MISSING FROM PARLIAMENT

Tue 12th Sep 2017

Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington MP was ejected again from Question Time in the Legislative Assembly today for 24 hours under Standing Order 249. While the Minister for Disability Services was explaining the NDIS program, Ms Washington was initially directed by the Speaker to leave the cham... more details

SIX NEW COMMUNITY PROJECTS FUNDED UNDER PORT GRANT SCHEME

Mon 11th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced funding for six new community infrastructure projects to be funded from the annual Newcastle Port Community Contribution program. “The Newcastle Port Community Contribution is a mechanism to enable funds to be invested ba... more details

BIG SCREEN FOR HUNTER STADIUM

Fri 08th Sep 2017

McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle will soon boast a huge video screen to add to the experience of those attending events at the venue. The screen measuring 98.3 square metres will be installed at the northern end of the ground and will consist of high definition technology. Parliamentary Secreta... more details

CENTRAL COAST VOCATIONAL TEACHER JUDGED THE STATE’S BEST

Fri 08th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLChas congratulated Darek Figa from Blue Haven for taking out one of the major awards at the 2017 NSW State Training Awards held Thursday evening at Sydney Town Hall. Darek was named 2017 NSW Vocational Education and Training Trainer/Tea... more details

HUNTER SUCCESS AT NSW TRAINING AWARDS

Fri 08th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated Joshua Terras from Jewells and Michael Wilkinson from Mayfield for their success at the 2017 NSW State Training Awards held Thursday evening at Sydney Town Hall. Joshua Terras won the Top Apprentice in Vehicle Trades Award ... more details

FUNDING FOR RESERVE TRUSTS IN PORT STEPHENS

Thu 07th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the NSW Government will contribute $226,542 towards the management of public reserves in the Port Stephens region. The successful projects to be funded in 2017/18 are: Birubi Headland - $12,420 for targeted control of Bito... more details

KOALA PROJECT FOR PORT STEPHENS

Thu 07th Sep 2017

Coinciding with National Threatened Species Day on 7th September is a great boost for Port Stephens koalas with an additional $30,000 of NSW Government funding to safeguard the Port Stephens resident koala population from bushfire, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced ... more details

FUNDING TO COMBAT THEFT IN PORT STEPHENS

Thu 07th Sep 2017

The NSW Government has awarded $5,300 to Port Stephens Council for a program to reduce the rate of theft in the area, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The funding is part of the government’s $500,000 Safer Community Compact grants to help councils acr... more details

FUNDING TO SAFEGUARD METFORD RESERVE

Thu 07th Sep 2017

Maitland City Council will receive a $22,000 crime prevention grant from the NSW Government to reduce malicious damage and improve community safety at Metford Recreation Reserve, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The funding is part of the NSW Government&rsq... more details

FUNDING FOR THE LOCK-UP IN NEWCASTLE

Thu 07th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the NSW Government will contribute $84,880 towards the management of The Lock-Up in Hunter Street, Newcastle. The funding will provide for the repairing and upgrading of three heritage buildings to improve health and safety o... more details

INCUBATOR EVENT FUND OPENS FOR CENTRAL COAST

Wed 06th Sep 2017

The NSW Government has announced that rural and regional events held from January to June next year, can now apply for grants under Round One of next year’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the Fund, managed by the State’s ... more details

INCUBATOR EVENT FUND OPENS FOR THE HUNTER

Wed 06th Sep 2017

The NSW Government has announced that rural and regional events held from January to June next year, can now apply for grants under Round One of next year’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the Fund, managed by the State’s tourism... more details

WOMEN’S SPORT THE FOCUS OF GRANTS FOR CENTRAL COAST

Tue 05th Sep 2017

Local sports clubs on the Central Coast are being invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000, with Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC saying the focus this year is encouraging more talented girls and young women into sport programs. $50,000 has been allocated for suc... more details

WOMEN’S SPORT THE FOCUS OF GRANTS FOR THE HUNTER

Tue 05th Sep 2017

Local sports clubs in the Hunter are being invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000, with Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC saying the focus this year is encouraging more talented girls and young women into sport programs. $50,000 has been allocated for successful projec... more details

CENTRAL COAST HIGHWAY INTERSECTION UPGRADE

Tue 05th Sep 2017

Work on the Central Coast Highway and Racecourse Road intersection upgrade is almost complete with the new turning lanes scheduled to open to traffic as early as next Monday, weather permitting. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government has provided $1... more details

CENTRAL COAST SCORES TOUCHDOWN WITH AMERICAN VISITING MEDIA

Mon 04th Sep 2017

The Central Coast has shared in the success of the Sydney College Cup with visiting American media adding time to their travel itineraries to capture the beauty of the region and share it with fellow US travellers. TV documentary series, In Season, NFL blog The Blonde Side, and online travel and en... more details

SAVINGS ON ENERGY BILLS FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Mon 04th Sep 2017

Residents and small businesses on the Central Coast could receive hundreds of dollars in savings on their energy bills under the NSW Government’s energy package savings scheme, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP said today. ... more details

SAVINGS ON ENERGY BILLS FOR THE HUNTER

Mon 04th Sep 2017

Residents and small businesses in the Hunter could receive hundreds of dollars in savings on their energy bills under the NSW Government’s energy package savings scheme, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. “We understand that families, households and bu... more details

WRAP DAD IN A LIFEJACKET THIS FATHER’S DAY

Thu 31st Aug 2017

If Roads and Maritime Services has its way, Dads across NSW will be extra buoyant this Father’s Day. A campaign to encourage people to wear lifejackets is targeting primary school age children and encouraging them to ‘Wrap Dad in a lifejacket’. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hun... more details

GOSFORD STUDENT TO TOUR ANZAC BATTLEGROUNDS

Thu 31st Aug 2017

Twenty high school students from across the State will embark on a once in a lifetime tour of key Anzac battlegrounds as 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholars. NSW Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott announced St Edward's College, Gosford was selected via a ballot to participate in t... more details

NATIONAL SKILLS WEEK

Wed 30th Aug 2017

The NSW Government is marking National Skills Week, which runs from August 28th to September 1st with a campaign to bust the myths around Vocational Education & Training (VET) for young people. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the Government&r... more details

HERITAGE LISTING FOR CARRINGTON CRANES

Tue 29th Aug 2017

Newcastle’s Hydraulic Engine House and four of its Crane Bases located on Bourke Street Carrington have been listed on the NSW Heritage Register, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The Hydraulic Engine House, built in the 1870s, used hydraulic cranes to... more details

ROAD SAFETY IMPROVED AT MORISSET

Mon 28th Aug 2017

Road safety has been improved on Main Road and Macquarie Street at Morisset with work now complete. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government provided $650,000 to install 400 metres of safety barrier, widen the road shoulder and provide a painted median on Ma... more details

HERITAGE LISTING FOR HAMILTON PROPERTY

Mon 28th Aug 2017

An historic Hamilton house with links to the early days of mining, the Australian Agricultural Company Mine Manager's House at 195 Denison Street Hamilton, has been given state heritage status Parliamentary Secretary the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The house, built in 1849 to house t... more details

FINAL STAGE OF BOGEY HOLE WORK TO BEGIN

Fri 25th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $240,000 to complete cliff stabilisation works at Newcastle’s iconic Bogey Hole. Mr MacDonald said the work will see the completion of the NSW Government’s $490,000 project to improve public safety and preserve pu... more details

UPGRADE FOR MATRON SIMPSON RESERVE

Thu 24th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that a new playground would be built at Matron Simpson Reserve in The Entrance North. The $14,526 project will be jointly funded by a $5000 grant from The Entrance North Progress Association and $9526 from the NSW Gove... more details

$1.4 MILLION FOR ST BRENDAN’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, LAKE MUNMORAH

Thu 24th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald today visited St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School in Lake Munmorah to inspect plans for new classrooms following a $1.4 million grant from the NSW Government. St Brendan’s is receiving $1,398,383 to support the $1,997,689 pro... more details

HUNTER DEFENCE TARGETS INNOVATION AND GROWTH

Wed 23rd Aug 2017

The Hunter’s defence industry and innovation sector is set to get a major boost with the impending establishment of a Defence Innovation Hub at Williamtown. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC, speaking today at Australia’s largest regional defence forum, the Hunte... more details

HUNTER WETLANDS RECEIVES RESTORATION GRANT

Wed 23rd Aug 2017

The Hunter Wetland Centre Australia will receive a $91,639 NSW Government grant to restore wetland habitat and protect threatened water birds, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The funding grant is part of the NSW Government’s Restoration and Rehabilit... more details

FUNDING FOR RESERVE TRUSTS IN MAITLAND

Tue 22nd Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Former Maitland Goal will receive $524,341 alongside four other successful projects in the Maitland region that will receive funding from the NSW Liberal National Government for management of public reserves, The success... more details

THREE NEW POLICE OFFICERS FOR CENTRAL COAST

Mon 21st Aug 2017

Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command will welcome three new probationary constables following today’s attestation parade of Class of 331. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC congratulated the new recruits on graduating from the Goulburn Police Academy and thanked the... more details

FIVE NEW POLICE OFFICERS FOR HUNTER

Mon 21st Aug 2017

Three Hunter Local Area Commands will welcome five new probationary constables following today’s attestation parade of Class of 331. Two new probationary constables will each be stationed at Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens LACs with the final probationary constable stationed at the Central H... more details

FUNDING FOR BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE IN MEDOWIE

Mon 21st Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced Port Stephens families will be able to access before and after school care thanks to a $30,000 grant from the NSW Liberal National Government. Medowie Christian School has been awarded $30,000 to establish new out of school hours c... more details

GROWING LOCAL ECONOMIES ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Fri 18th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP today welcomed the announcement by the Deputy Premier of the opening of the Growing Local Economies Fund, which will use a new funding model to invest half a billion dollars in business-boosting i... more details

GROWING LOCAL ECONOMIES IN THE HUNTER

Fri 18th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed the recent announcement by the Deputy Premier of the opening of the Growing Local Economies Fund, which will use a new funding model to invest half a billion dollars in business-boosting infrastructure in regional NSW. Mr MacD... more details

STRONGER COMMUNITY FUNDING FOR THE HUNTER

Thu 17th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is calling on councils, local businesses and community groups in the Hunter to start considering nominations for community infrastructure projects for funding under the Stronger Country Communities Fund. Applications for the LGAs of Lake Mac... more details

STRONGER COMMUNITY FUNDING FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Thu 17th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is calling on councils, local businesses and community groups on the Central Coast to start considering nominations for community infrastructure projects for funding under the Stronger Country Communities Fund. Applications for the Ce... more details

ON DEMAND TRANSPORT FOR CENTRAL COAST

Wed 16th Aug 2017

On Demand public transport is coming to the Central Coast, with Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announcing the region will soon have access to a new demand-driven transport link serving the Woy Woy peninsula. The pilot project is one of eight unique On Demand ... more details

LITTER PREVENTION GRANTS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Wed 16th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging Hunter Waste Group to apply for a share of $1.25 million to help fund litter prevention projects on behalf of their member councils. Central Coast Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, Newcastle City Council,... more details

VET COURSE HELPS CENTRAL COAST TEEN

Mon 14th Aug 2017

Wyong-based teenager Kayla Chapel says she was “on the wrong track” until she started a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in construction which helped her rebuild her life. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scott Macdonald MLC said a tough upbringing had left th... more details

BOXING DAY SHOPPING FOR THE HUNTER

Thu 10th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed today’s announcement by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet that Boxing Day trading will continue across NSW after it was welcomed by consumers, business owners and employees during a two-year trial. The NSW Government announc... more details

LABOR THREAT TO NEW MAITLAND HOSPITAL

Thu 10th Aug 2017

In the closing minutes of Parliament on Thursday, Labor’s Shadow Spokesman for Health Hon Walt Secord threatened to tear up the contract for a new Maitland Hospital. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said “ Labor can’t be trusted with Health. They have thre... more details

RECYCLING GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR CENTRAL COAST

Wed 09th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is reminding the Central Coast community of the range of NSW Government waste and recycling grants currently available. The following grant programs through the Office of Environment and Heritage are currently active or opening soon: ... more details

SPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING FOR CENTRAL COAST

Tue 08th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP today welcomed the NSW Government announcement it would invest $100 million in new and existing sports infrastructure across regional NSW. Mr MacDonald said the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fun... more details

INTERSECTION UPGRADE FOR TUGGERAH

Tue 08th Aug 2017

Tuggerah residents will benefit from another major milestone achieved this month on the $84 million Pacific Highway and Wyong Road upgrade at Tuggerah. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the new traffic lights at the busy intersection have been switched on and onc... more details

FLAGSHIP EVENT FUND OPEN FOR HUNTER

Tue 08th Aug 2017

Event organisers in the Hunter are being encouraged to apply for grants under the NSW Government’s 2018 Flagship Event Fund, with expressions of interest open from today. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the Fund will offer successful applicants a one-off annual ... more details

FLAGSHIP EVENT FUND OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST

Tue 08th Aug 2017

Event organisers on the Central Coast are being encouraged to apply for grants under the NSW Government’s 2018 Flagship Event Fund, with expressions of interest open from today. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP said the Fu... more details

SPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING FOR THE HUNTER

Mon 07th Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed the NSW Government announcement it would invest $100 million in new and existing sports infrastructure across regional NSW. Mr MacDonald said the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund, which is part of the Deputy Premier’s... more details

NEWCASTLE INNER CITY BYPASS

Fri 04th Aug 2017

The NSW Liberal National Government will construct the full interchange of the final section of the Newcastle Inner City By-pass adjacent to John Hunter Hospital. Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research Brad Hazzard, said the $13 million for the second access to the Hospital builds on... more details

BENEFITS OF NORTHCONNEX FOR CENTRAL COAST

Fri 04th Aug 2017

A faster and safer journey between the Central Coast and Sydney is on the way for motorists, with work on NorthConnex on track to be completed in late 2019. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Northconnex and Roads and Maritime Services representatives to i... more details

IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES IN THE HUNTER

Thu 03rd Aug 2017

The NSW Government will fast track public patients’ access to endoscopies in the Hunter New England Local Health District under this year’s Innovations in Cancer Control Grant Program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said a $141,000 NSW Health grant would fund ... more details

NELSON BAY ROAD

Thu 03rd Aug 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC confirmed Nelson Bay Road upgrade is a priority for the NSW Government. At the 2015 election the Liberal National Government committed $70 million for improvements on this key link. As part of this commitment, upgrade work will soon start a... more details

UPGRADE OF NORTH STOCKTON BOAT RAMP FACILITIES

Tue 01st Aug 2017

Recreational and commercial boat users will benefit from improved facilities at Newcastle’s North Stockton Boat Ramp following the completion of upgrades. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government provided $550,000 towards the $850,000 joint project wit... more details

RETIREMENT VILLAGE REFORMS FOR CENTRAL COAST

Tue 01st Aug 2017

Retirement village residents on the Central Coast will benefit from a new package of reforms recently announced by the NSW state government. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the package includes a four-point plan that will put consumers first and protect residents from potentially dodg... more details

RETIREMENT VILLAGE REFORMS FOR THE HUNTER

Tue 01st Aug 2017

Retirement village residents in the Hunter will benefit from a new package of reforms recently announced by the NSW state government. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the package includes a four-point plan that will put consumers first and protect residents from potentially dodgy pract... more details

CESSNOCK ROAD SAFETY IMPROVED AT GILLIESTON HEIGHTS

Mon 31st Jul 2017

Roads and Maritime Services has now completed work to improve safety on Cessnock Road at Gillieston Heights. Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald said the NSW Government allocated $4 million last financial year to strengthen and improve the road for the ... more details

BREAKING BARRIERS TO CANCER CARE

Mon 31st Jul 2017

The NSW Government has awarded a $34,396 grant to the Central Coast Local Health District to connect Aboriginal cancer patients with healthcare services. NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, said the NSW Health grant would boost Aboriginal healthcare workers’... more details

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVED ON LANG STREET AT KURRI KURRI

Mon 31st Jul 2017

Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, today announced work to improve pedestrian safety on Lang Street at Kurri Kurri is now complete. Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government allocated $200,000 in 2016/17 to install a pedestrian refuge between Mitchell ... more details

Liberal MPs Welcome $10m in funding for the Central Coast

Mon 31st Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Liberal Upper House MP, Scot MacDonald and the Liberal Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch today welcomed the $10m the NSW Government has allocated for community grants to the Central Coast. Mr MacDonald stated “there are so many hard working vol... more details

LOCALLY EXTINCT MAMMALS SET TO RETURN TO NSW

Mon 31st Jul 2017

Locally extinct NSW mammals including the Greater Bilby, the Numbat and the Western Quoll will be reintroduced into three of the state’s national parks as part of a $41.3 million “Reintroduction” project. Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Scot MacDonald MLC, joined the Austral... more details

CONSTRUCTION TO START ON NELSON BAY ROAD

Mon 31st Jul 2017

Upgrade work will soon start at the intersection of Nelson Bay Road and Medowie Road, marking a vital step in improving the safety and efficiency along Nelson Bay Road at Williamtown. Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the upgrades would provide immediate relief to congesti... more details

TOURISM HEADQUARTERS FOR GOSFORD

Fri 21st Jul 2017

The NSW Government has today announced that the headquarters for the Destination Network Sydney Surrounds North will be established in Gosford. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC welcomed the announcement and said the Destination Network will have its headquarters out ... more details

HUNTER TO BENEFIT FROM IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS

Fri 21st Jul 2017

Community organisations in the Hunter will have more opportunities to apply for funding of local projects as part of changes to the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. Mr MacDonald said the changes will make it easier t... more details

CENTRAL COAST TO BENEFIT FROM IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS

Fri 21st Jul 2017

Community organisations in the Central Coast will have more opportunities to apply for funding of local projects as part of changes to the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said today. Mr MacDonald said the changes will ma... more details

CENTRAL COAST STUDENTS TO FOLLOW IN FOOTSTEPS OF ANZACS

Thu 20th Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP have called upon local Central Coast high schools to enter the ballot for the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship that will see students travel to France and Belgium to retrace the foo... more details

HUNTER STUDENTS TO FOLLOW IN FOOTSTEPS OF ANZACS

Thu 20th Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Minister for Veterans Affairs, David Elliott, called upon local Hunter high schools to enter the ballot for the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship that will see students travel to France and Belgium to retrace the footsteps o... more details

ARTS FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE HUNTER

Tue 18th Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging artists, performers and organisations in the Lake Macquarie, Cessnock, Maitland and Port Stephens LGAs to share ideas both big and small for infrastructure and arts projects in the Hunter to deliver long-term cultural benefits ... more details

FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY TRAINING ON CENTRAL COAST

Mon 17th Jul 2017

Central Coast Community College in Ourimbah and Tuggerah Lakes Community College in Tuggerah have been selected among 34 community education and training providers throughout the State to benefit from almost $19 million in State Government investment for community training. Parliamentary Secretary ... more details

FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY TRAINING IN HUNTER

Mon 17th Jul 2017

Tomaree Community College in Nelson Bay and Workers Education Association, Hunter in Newcastle have been selected among 34 community education and training providers throughout the State to benefit from almost $19 million in State Government investment for community training. Parliamentary Secretar... more details

$650,000 FOR NEW SCHOOL FACILITIES AT CESSNOCK

Thu 13th Jul 2017

St Philip's Christian College, Cessnock Campus will get new facilities for the junior school using funding provided by the NSW Government. The project is receiving $650,000 to support the $2,497,698 project under the Building Grants Assistance Scheme, with further funds provided by the school commu... more details

FUNDING FOR BUSHFIRE MITIGATION IN PORT STEPHENS

Wed 12th Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said he was pleased to announce $90,000 for the maintenance of the Tank Trail and Tongue Trail in Port Stephens. Mr MacDonald said that the previous summer’s unprecedented weather and a number of disastrous fires across the state means... more details

HUNTER TO BENEFIT FROM YOUTH EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE

Mon 10th Jul 2017

Young people in the Hunter who are unemployed are being urged to take part in a $65 million NSW Government employment program to help them get training, overcome employment barriers, and secure lasting jobs. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the Youth Employment Program... more details

ROAD SAFETY IMPROVED AT BUCHANAN

Mon 10th Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced work to improve motorist safety on John Renshaw Drive at Buchanan is now complete. Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government allocated $1.17 million in 2016/17 to improve safety for motorists and help reduce the risk of crashes on... more details

$1.3 MILLION FOR NEW CLASSROOMS AT LAKE MUNMORAH

Mon 10th Jul 2017

St Brendan's Catholic Primary School at Lake Munmorah will get new classrooms to replace existing demountables using funding provided by the NSW Government. The project is receiving $1,398,383 to support the $1,997,689 project under the Building Grants Assistance Scheme, with further funds provided... more details

$50 MILLION FUNDING ROUND FOR RESOURCES FOR REGIONS

Mon 10th Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today urged the Central Coast community to apply for funding for local infrastructure improvement projects through the NSW Government’s latest $50 million Resources for Regions round. Mr MacDonald said the program, which is part... more details

$50 MILLION FUNDING ROUND FOR RESOURCES FOR REGIONS

Mon 10th Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today urged the Hunter community to apply for funding for local infrastructure improvement projects through the NSW Government’s latest $50 million Resources for Regions round. Mr MacDonald said the program, which is part of the NSW Li... more details

NEW SECURITY FENCING FOR NARARA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

Fri 07th Jul 2017

Narara Valley High School will have new security fencing, following strong advocacy from the local community. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced approximately $200,000 has been provided for the new fencing which will be an important addition to the school.&nb... more details

FUNDING TO EXPAND COMMUNITY PRESCHOOLS IN HUNTER

Thu 06th Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is urging community preschools and mobile preschools in the Hunter to apply for a grant to expand the number of places at services as part of the NSW Government’s $10 million Start Strong Capital Works Grants program. “Right acro... more details

HUNTER STUDENTS NAMED AT TRAINING AWARDS

Tue 04th Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated six Hunter studentson their achievement in taking out awardsat the recent 2017 NSW Training Awards – Hunter. The students were: Ben McDonald from Cessnock, Apprentice of the Year, trained by Hunter Valley Training ... more details

TENDERS OPEN TO BUILD ENTRANCE ROCK GROYNE

Tue 04th Jul 2017

The NSW Government is calling for tenders for the construction of a rock groyne to control erosion at South Entrance beach. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government has allocated $2 million to the project to increase the length of time that sand stay... more details

PARKING SAVINGS AT JOHN HUNTER HOSPITAL

Mon 03rd Jul 2017

Patients and carers who frequently visit John Hunter Hospital will benefit from reduced car parking fees under expanded concessions from 1st July 2017. Under the new policy at John Hunter Hospital, a three-day discounted ticket will cost a maximum of $10.90 and a seven-day ticket $21.70, and both a... more details

FUNDING FOR PCYC IN LAKE MACQUARIE

Mon 03rd Jul 2017

The Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) at Lake Macquarie will receive a share in almost $143,000 in funding for Youth Diversionary Projects, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC and Minister for Police, Troy Grant announced today. The Youth Diversionary Projects are supported b... more details

PARKING SAVINGS AT GOSFORD HOSPITAL

Mon 03rd Jul 2017

Patients and carers who frequently visit Gosford Hospital can benefit from abolished concessional car parking fees under expanded concessions from 1st July 2017, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. Mr MacDonald said a website and smartphone app –... more details

WORK COMPLETE AT KING EDWARD HEADLAND RESERVE

Fri 30th Jun 2017

Remediation work has been completed at King Edward Headland Reserve in Newcastle following a $95,000 grant from the NSW Government to remove rubbish, debris and fencing from the site. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC said the site has been completely transformed. “T... more details

FIXING COUNTRY ROADS OPENS FOR THE HUNTER

Wed 28th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the third round of Fixing Country Roads is open and a share in a further $100 million is available to councils throughout the Hunter for upgrades to roads, bridges and truck washes. “I’m pleased to announce we&rsq... more details

$1.1 MILLION FOR NEW CLASSROOMS AT WYOMING

Wed 28th Jun 2017

Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School in Wyoming will get 8 new classrooms using funding provided by the NSW Government. The project is receiving $ $1,111,970 to support the $1,968,904 project under the Building Grants Assistance Scheme, with further funds provided by the school community. This pr... more details

PORT STEPHENS VIDEO A WINNER IN TOURISM CAMPAIGN

Wed 28th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that a video which showcases Port Stephens as a holiday destination, has been crowned as a winning entry in the ‘What I Love About Holidays in NSW’ campaign. Mr MacDonald said the video, shot at Fingal Bay by Liu... more details

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVED IN EAST MAITLAND

Mon 26th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced work to improve pedestrian safety on Lindesay Street at East Maitland is now complete. Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government allocated $550,000 to make it safer for pedestrians to cross Lindesay Street between Cumberland Stree... more details

BROADMEADOW STATION UPGRADE COMPLETE

Fri 23rd Jun 2017

Customers now have lift access at Broadmeadow Station for the first time, with an $18.5 million accessibility and safety upgrade now complete. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said customers will now benefit from three new lifts, new weather protection canopies, upgraded se... more details

COMMUNITY REPORT ON M1 EXTENSION PLAN

Thu 22nd Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has encouraged the community to view the consultation report for the future extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace. Mr MacDonald said the M1 Pacific Motorway and Pacific Highway are critical links in t... more details

TAX RELIEF FOR CENTRAL COAST BUSINESSES & FAMILIES

Wed 21st Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that the costs of doing business and costs of living would be eased on the Central Coast due to a range of tax cuts from the NSW Government’s Budget. Mr MacDonald welcomed the package of tax reforms for small bus... more details

TAX RELIEF FOR HUNTER BUSINESSES, FAMILIES & FARMERS

Wed 21st Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that the costs of doing business and costs of living would be eased in the Hunter due to a range of tax cuts from the NSW Government’s Budget. Mr MacDonald welcomed the package of tax reforms for families, farmers and s... more details

RENOVATIONS AND EXTENSION FOR KARIONG FIRE STATION

Wed 21st Jun 2017

The NSW 2017-18 Budget will include $2 million in funding over two years for renovations and an extension for the fire station in Kariong, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. “Our firefighters do extr... more details

FUNDING FOR NEW WALLSEND FIRE STATION

Wed 21st Jun 2017

The NSW Government’s 2017-18 Budget includes a further $1.95 million (total cost $3.8 million) to complete construction of the new Wallsend Fire Station, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The additional fu... more details

PORT STEPHENS UNREPRESENTED ON BUDGET DAY

Tue 20th Jun 2017

The Member for Port Stephens has been removed from the NSW Legislative Assembly on Budget Day. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, said “The Speaker has again removed Kate Washington MP in Question Time. Ms Washington is a serial offender and continues to let her commu... more details

CENTRAL COAST TO BENEFIT FROM NSW BUDGET

Tue 20th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said today’s Budget will continue record levels of investment in infrastructure by the Liberal national Government The NSW Budget expects a record surplus of $4.5 billion in 2017-18, with a surplus of $2.7 billion forecast for 2... more details

HUNTER TO BENEFIT FROM NSW BUDGET

Tue 20th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today’s Budget will continue record levels of investment in infrastructure by the Liberal National Government The NSW Budget expects a record surplus of $4.5 billion in 2017-18, with a surplus of $2.7 billion forecast for 2018-19 ... more details

HIGH INTENSITY PROGRAM UNIT TO OPEN AT CESSNOCK CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

Tue 20th Jun 2017

In a first for NSW, inmates serving short sentences will undertake mandatory rehabilitation programs to reduce reoffending following the construction of a High Intensity Program Unit at Cessnock Correctional Centre. The 2017-18 Budget allocates $20 million, from a total program of $237 million, for... more details

NEW SCHOOL FOR WARNERVALE

Mon 19th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC confirmed the 2017 NSW Budget includes plans for a new school at Warnervale. Mr MacDonald said, “As part of the upcoming Liberal National 2017 Budget, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Rob Stokes MP announce... more details

HUNTER SCHOOL UPGRADES

Mon 19th Jun 2017

Families right across the Hunter will get upgraded schools thanks to funding provided in this year’s NSW Government Budget, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.  A range of upgrade and redevelopment works will occur at 5 existing schools over the nex... more details

COMMUNAL GARDEN PROJECT OPENED IN GLENDALE

Mon 19th Jun 2017

The ‘Gathering in the Gardens’ project, built by Compass Housing Services, was officially opened today in Glendale by Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC. The communal garden was solely funded by the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund ... more details

100 NEW BUS SERVICES FOR CENTRAL COAST

Thu 15th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP have welcomed Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s announcement that more than 170 new buses will be purchased in the NSW Budget, bringing additional and improved weekly services to customers in the... more details

100 NEW BUS SERVICES FOR HUNTER

Thu 15th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s announcement that more than 170 new buses will be purchased in the NSW Budget, bringing additional and improved weekly services to customers in the Hunter. More than 100 additional weekly servi... more details

HACKATHON LOOKS AT LAKE MACQUARIE TRANSPORT

Wed 14th Jun 2017

The NSW Government is among supporters of a 54 hour Lake Macquarie ‘Hackathon’ focused on developing innovative transport solutions this weekend to help boost business and startup innovation in the region. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the ‘LakeMac... more details

CENTRAL COAST TO BENEFIT FROM $100 MILLION BOOST FOR PALLIATIVE CARE

Wed 14th Jun 2017

The frontline health staff of the Central Coast will be eligible for training in palliative care following an investment of $100 million over four years, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said today. The record funding package for palliative care services is a state B... more details

REPAIRS TO COMMUNITY CENTRE AT HAMILTON

Tue 13th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today inspected the completed roof repair and structural works at the Hamilton Community Centre. The repairs were made possible with a $32,000 grant from the NSW Government in April 2016. Mr MacDonald said it was great to see the roof and o... more details

NEWCASTLE ROUNDTABLE TO SHAPE PALLIATIVE CARE POLICY

Fri 09th Jun 2017

The future for palliative care services in the Hunter New England region will be discussed at a roundtable in Newcastle today to help the NSW Government better tailor end-of-life care in regional areas. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC will host talks with community and he... more details

FUNDING FOR NAIDOC CELEBRATIONS IN GOSFORD

Fri 09th Jun 2017

Local Aboriginal community group Mingaletta Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation in Gosford have received a $2,711 grant from the NSW Government to help fund NAIDOC Week activities, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. “NAIDOC Week i... more details

FUNDING FOR NAIDOC CELEBRATIONS IN THE HUNTER

Fri 09th Jun 2017

Local Aboriginal community groups have received grants from the NSW Government to help fund NAIDOC Week activities, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. “NAIDOC Week is an important opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous achievements of A... more details

BUDGET BOOST FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN THE HUNTER

Fri 09th Jun 2017

The State Budget will include crucial support for young families in the Hunter with additional funding for community preschools and long day care services, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter today announced. Mr MacDonald said Budget 2017-18 includes an additional $217 million for the hugely suc... more details

BUDGET BOOST FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN THE CENTRAL COAST

Fri 09th Jun 2017

The State Budget will include crucial support for young families in the Central Coast with additional funding for community preschools and long day care services, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced. Mr MacDonald said Budget 2017-18 includes an additiona... more details

$12,473,852 GRANT FOR CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL

Thu 08th Jun 2017

Central Coast Council has received a $12,473,852 Federal Government grant to help the council deliver vital services and infrastructure for the Central Coast such as fixing roads, funding new infrastructure and investing in environmental programs. The Financial Assistance Grants scheme provides fun... more details

$24 MILLION GRANT FOR HUNTER COUNCILS

Thu 08th Jun 2017

Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens Councils will all receive a share of $24 million in Federal Government grants to help the council deliver vital services and infrastructure for the Hunter community such as fixing roads, funding new infrastructure and investing in envir... more details

EVENT FUNDING BOOST FOR PORT STEPHENS

Wed 07th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that one of the region’s newest events, “Love Seafood – Port Stephens” will be awarded $20,000 from the NSW Government’s 2017 Incubator Event Fund. Mr MacDonald said the Fund, managed by the Sta... more details

ANZAC AMBASSADORS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST STUDENTS

Tue 06th Jun 2017

Six young people from across NSW will have the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to historic battlefields in Greece and Israel as part of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP wel... more details

ANZAC AMBASSADORS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR HUNTER STUDENTS

Tue 06th Jun 2017

Six young people from across NSW will have the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to historic battlefields in Greece and Israel as part of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program. Parliamentary secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC welcomed the launch of the program today, encoura... more details

ROAD SAFETY GRANTS ON OFFER IN CENTRAL COAST

Mon 05th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced local road safety in the Central Coast could receive a welcome boost with applications to open shortly for the third round of the NSW Government’s Community Road Safety Grants program. “The Community Road S... more details

ROAD SAFETY GRANTS ON OFFER IN HUNTER

Mon 05th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced local road safety in the Hunter could receive a welcome boost with applications to open shortly for the third round of the NSW Government’s Community Road Safety Grants program. “The Community Road Safety Grants p... more details

PDH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING FOR UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE STUDENTS

Mon 05th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today congratulated five University of Newcastle students each awarded a $40,000 PhD scholarship to complete groundbreaking health and medical research. The University of Newcastle students are among 26 PhD candidates awarded a PhD Scholarsh... more details

FUNDING TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE CESSNOCK HERITAGE

Fri 02nd Jun 2017

Cessnock City Council will receive $55,000 under the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants Program, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. These grants will be used in conjunction with $30,000 in funding from Cessnock City Council to maintain and conserve the co... more details

MAKING LIFE FAIRER FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS IN THE CENTRAL COAST

Thu 01st Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has announced a comprehensive package of measures which will give first homebuyers in the Central Coast a fair go at owning their own home by significantly reducing stamp duty and providing more housing choice. Mr MacDonald announced ... more details

MAKING LIFE FAIRER FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS IN THE HUNTER

Thu 01st Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the  Scot MacDonald MLC has announced a comprehensive package of measures which will give first homebuyers in the Hunter a fair go at owning their own home by significantly reducing stamp duty and providing more housing choice. Mr MacDonald announced the reforms wit... more details

MORE SUPPORT FOR CENTRAL COAST OUT OF HOURS SCHOOL CARE

Wed 31st May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging not for profit providers of out of school hours care to apply for grants to expand or establish new services to provide flexible options for working families in the Central Coast. Mr MacDonald said the announcement of t... more details

ENTRIES OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST COMMUNITY AWARDS

Wed 31st May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch MP are calling on local individuals, schools, communities and businesses to apply now for the 2017 Resilient Australia Awards and NSW Get Ready Community Awards. “I know our community is pro... more details

MORE SUPPORT FOR OUT OF HOURS SCHOOL CARE IN THE HUNTER

Wed 31st May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging not for profit providers of out of school hours care to apply for grants to expand or establish new services to provide flexible options for working families in the Hunter. Mr MacDonald said the announcement of the expansion t... more details

ENTRIES OPEN FOR HUNTER COMMUNITY AWARDS

Wed 31st May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC is calling on local individuals, schools, communities and businesses to apply now for the 2017 Resilient Australia Awards and NSW Get Ready Community Awards. “I know our community is proactive, resilient and comes together in times of... more details

SAFETY IMPROVEMENT WORK STARTS AT NORAH HEAD

Wed 31st May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced work will start next week to improve safety for motorists on Wilfred Barret Drive at Norah Head. Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government has allocated $400,000 for a safety upgrade through the NSW Safer Roads Program to i... more details

HUNTER FINALIST IN EMERGENCY SERVICES AWARDS

Tue 30th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC congratulated Hamilton NSW Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedic Mr Jeroen Leenders on being named a finalist in the 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards at a ceremony today at the NSW Parliament. Mr Leenders is one of 24 emerg... more details

CENTRAL COAST FINALIST IN EMERGENCY SERVICES AWARDS

Tue 30th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC congratulated Central Coast Marine Rescue Statistics Officer Mr Albert Morris on being named a finalist in the 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards at a ceremony today at the NSW Parliament. Mr Morris is one of 24 eme... more details

LABOR’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN SINKS

Mon 29th May 2017

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley’s plans for Affordable Housing on government land has been undermined by one of his own MPs and Labor controlled Newcastle City Council. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, said Labor’s weekend announcement of a 25% mandate for Af... more details

NEW FIREFIGHTER FOR CESSNOCK

Fri 26th May 2017

The Cessnock area will welcome a new firefighter on Monday following today’s Fire & Rescue NSW’s graduation ceremony. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald congratulated the community’s new recruit on graduating and thanked them for their commitment to serve an... more details

SAFETY IMPROVED AT CESSNOCK INTERSECTION

Thu 25th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced work will start on Monday 29 May to improve safety at the intersection of Cessnock Road and Kline Street at Weston. Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government has allocated $200,000 this financial year to improve safety for motoris... more details

FUNDING TO TACKLE ILLEGAL DUMPING IN CESSNOCK

Thu 25th May 2017

Cessnock Council and National Parks and Wildlife Services will share in $264,418 of NSW Government grants to reduce illegal dumping, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The successful grant recipients are: Cessnock City Council - $102,118 for the Cessnock I... more details

NEWCASTLE CONTRIBUTES TO STATE-WIDE PALLIATIVE CARE TALKS

Wed 24th May 2017

The Hunter community will have its opportunity next month to contribute to the future of palliative care services in NSW, presently under discussion at state-wide roundtables with community and health professionals. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, today... more details

FIXING COUNTRY ROADS IN CESSNOCK

Wed 24th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $4.45 million in funding to Cessnock City Council as part of the NSW Government’s ‘Fixing Country Roads’ program. “The funding will be used to upgrade and widen Frame Drive into an 11 metre carriageway... more details

WALLARAH 2 COAL PROJECT PAC REVIEW

Wed 24th May 2017

The Planning Assessment Commission has released its Review Report into the amended application on the Wallarah 2 Coal Project (SSD4974). The PAC has raised a range of issues that it has advised the NSW Department of Planning to consider. These include the management of water impacts; road access an... more details

CYCLEWAY PLAN FOR NEWCASTLE RELEASED

Wed 24th May 2017

The Revitalising Newcastle team today released the Newcastle City Centre Cycleway Network Strategy, which shows how a well-connected cycleway network can operate alongside light rail to enhance the benefits of the revitalisation program underway and make Newcastle an even more liveable city. Parlia... more details

EXPANDED TRAINING FOR CENTRAL COAST TOURISM OPERATORS

Tue 23rd May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the NSW Government will triple the number of free webcasts for Central Coast tourism operators in 2017 in response to the growing need for online learning amongst rural and regional tourism operators. The NSW First pro... more details

EXPANDED TRAINING FOR HUNTER TOURISM OPERATORS

Tue 23rd May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the NSW Government will triple the number of free webcasts for Hunter tourism operators in 2017 in response to the growing need for online learning amongst rural and regional tourism operators. The NSW First program is develo... more details

UPGRADE TO IRONBARK CREEK BRIDGE

Mon 22nd May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced maintenance work will soon start on Ironbark Creek Bridge at Sandgate to improve safety for motorists. Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government has allocated $750,000 for the work to ensure the bridge’s continued safe opera... more details

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE BOOST FOR HUNTER

Mon 22nd May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC announced more local families will be able to access before and after school care thanks to a $89 750 grant to three Hunter schools from the NSW Government. The successful schools are: Holy Cross Primary School Glendale - $29 750 for a s... more details

FUNDING FOR PORT STEPHENS MARINE RESCUE

Fri 19th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC confirmed Port Stephens Marine Rescue will receive $12,800 in grants. Mr MacDonald said the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme, a joint State-Commonwealth Government program, assists organisations with the recruitment costs, retention and t... more details

ETTALONG CHANNEL DREDGING

Thu 18th May 2017

A roundtable discussion was held today to discuss dredging at Ettalong Channel in the NSW Central Coast. Chaired by Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC, the meeting was attended by representatives from Department of Premier & Cabinet, Department of Industry – ... more details

SAFETY IMPROVEMENT WORK STARTS AT MORISSET

Tue 16th May 2017

Roads and Maritime Services will start work next week to improve safety for motorists on Main Road and Macquarie Street at Morisset. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government has allocated $650,000 to improve safety for motorists between Campview Road and Mar... more details

EXTRA SCHOOL ZONE FLASHING LIGHTS FOR CENTRAL COAST

Tue 16th May 2017

The safety of students and their families around Central Coast schools will be given a welcome boost with the installation of extra school zone flashing lights, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC announced. The new lights will be installed at The Entrance Public Schoo... more details

FIXING HUNTER RAIL

Mon 15th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced applications are open for the first round of Fixing Country Rail funding, which is targeted at improving freight movements across NSW, and is encouraging Hunter stakeholders to apply. “The $150 million provided for this... more details

EXTRA SCHOOL ZONE FLASHING LIGHTS FOR HUNTER

Mon 15th May 2017

The safety of students and their families around Hunter schools will be given a welcome boost with the installation of extra school zone flashing lights, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC announced. The new lights will be installed at Hunter River Community School in Maitla... more details

$9 MILLION FOR SURF LIFE SAVING NSW

Mon 15th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP have today welcomed news Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) will receive more than $9 million from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to boost its rescue capabilities. Mr MacDonald said the f... more details

$9 MILLION FOR SURF LIFE SAVING NSW

Mon 15th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has today welcomed news Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) will receive more than $9 million from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to boost its rescue capabilities. Mr MacDonald said the funding will help the over 75,000 members involv... more details

FUNDING BOOST FOR COOKS HILL SLSC

Fri 12th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, has today announced $ 182, 976 in NSW Government funding for Cooks Hill Surf Lifesaving Club as part of the 2016/17 Surf Club Facility Program. Funding has been provided to upgrade the female toilets, change rooms and disabled facilities a... more details

LIGHT RAIL DEPOT IN NEWCASTLE’S WEST END

Wed 10th May 2017

The former Wickham Railway Station is coming down to make way for a new light rail depot, with work set to start later this month. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the new light rail depot building will have a sleek, contemporary design that reflects the role light rail wi... more details

JUSTICE REFORMS TO MAKE THE CENTRAL COAST SAFER

Wed 10th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed tough and smart reforms to the NSW criminal justice system. “The NSW Government is investing more than $200 million in reforms to deliver swift and more certain justice, strengthen sentencing and parole a... more details

OLD4NEW VAN SAILING INTO PATONGA

Tue 09th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today announced the Old4New van will visit Patonga in May to share advice with the public about lifejackets and drowning prevention. The mobile van will be at the following location where you can exchange your old lifejacket for a n... more details

JUSTICE REFORMS TO MAKE THE HUNTER SAFER

Tue 09th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed tough and smart reforms to the NSW criminal justice system. “The NSW Government is investing more than $200 million in reforms to deliver swift and more certain justice, strengthen sentencing and parole and hold... more details

FUNDING FOR MAITLAND HERITAGE

Mon 08th May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is announcing $171,462 in funding for six heritage projects in the Maitland region. Total cost of these six projects is $381,374 and includes contributions from the Trustees of Church Property for the Diocese of Newcastle and Maitland City C... more details

SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS FOR CESSNOCK ROADS

Mon 08th May 2017

Road safety on John Renshaw Drive in the Cessnock region will soon be improved west of Avery’s Lane at Buchanan with work starting this week. Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government allocated $1.17 million to improve safety for motorists and help reduce the risk of crashes on a curve 250 metres ... more details

FUNDING FOR PORT STEPHENS HERITAGE

Fri 05th May 2017

Port Stephens Council will receive $24,000 under the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants Program to fund the services of local heritage advisors and community grants Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The announcement marks this year’s Australian He... more details

PALLIATIVE CARE ROUNDTABLE FOR NEWCASTLE

Wed 03rd May 2017

A roundtable on palliative care will be held in Newcastle in early June, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, announced today. “There has been interest from the community in having a roundtable in Newcastle to address the Hunter’s needs and solutions for pressing ... more details

CENTRAL COAST SCHOOLS MAINTENANCE BOOST

Tue 02nd May 2017

Maintenance issues at schools across the Central Coast will be tackled with a record $390 million injection of funding for a blitz on backlog repairs. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, said the NSW Government will provide $18 million to Central Coast schools with a ... more details

HUNTER SCHOOLS RECEIVE MAINTENANCE BOOST

Tue 02nd May 2017

Maintenance issues at schools across the Hunter will be tackled with a record $390 million injection of funding for a blitz on backlog repairs. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, said the NSW Government will provide $50 million to Hunter schools with a list of schools to be... more details

HAWKSBURY MARINE RESCUE VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE FUNDING BOOST

Mon 01st May 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald today congratulated the Marine Rescue - Hawksbury Unit on receiving $2,530 in grant funding. Mr MacDonald said the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme, a joint Commonwealth-State Government program, assists organisations with the recruitme... more details

QUAD BIKE SAFETY TRAINING FOR HUNTER FARMERS

Mon 01st May 2017

Hunter farmers will now receive free quad bike training in a major boost to the safety improvement program aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries on rural properties across NSW. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald said that eligible farmers and their workers who comp... more details

NEW SKILLS HUB FOR NEWCASTLE TAFE

Thu 27th Apr 2017

Newcastle is to receive an innovative new TAFE NSW SkillsPoints headquarters, as part of the NSW Government’s push to create the workforce of the future by collaborating with business and industry. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC confirmed Newcastle as the location o... more details

CENTRAL COAST HERITAGE

Wed 26th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC today confirmed a break through in heritage protection for the Ourimbah Railway Station Master's cottage and two Heritage grants to Central Coast Coast for $26,000. Mr MacDonald said “After community advocacy to protect the cot... more details

BRONZE KANGAROOS TAKE PRIDE OF PLACE ON LAMBTON PARK MEMORIAL GATES

Thu 20th Apr 2017

Two bronze kangaroos have been restored to their former glory atop the Lambton Park Memorial Gates in Newcastle. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC said the restoration project received $19,000 as part of the NSW Government’s Community Development Fund. “This fu... more details

FUNDING TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE HUNTER HERITAGE

Thu 20th Apr 2017

Awabakal Aboriginal land Council will receive $150,000 under the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants Program to stabilise the Old Post Office building in Newcastle, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The announcement marks this year’s Australian Her... more details

ANZAC COMMUNITY GRANTS AWARDED IN HUNTER

Thu 20th Apr 2017

Schools, community groups, and other local organisations in the Hunter have been awarded funding to help deliver projects which commemorate the service and sacrifice of World War 1 veterans. Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott has announced a total of $50,000 would be delivered to community... more details

CENTRAL COAST REMEMBERS OUR WAR VETERANS

Wed 19th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today encouraged the Central Coast community to reflect on the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel from all wars and conflicts this ANZAC Day. A number of commemorative events hosted by the RSL will be held ... more details

THE HUNTER REMEMBERS OUR WAR VETERANS

Wed 19th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, today encouraged the local community to reflect on the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel from all wars and conflicts this ANZAC Day. A number of commemorative events hosted by the RSL will be held in the Hunter t... more details

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR COASTAL DREDGING ON CENTRAL COAST

Thu 13th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC said coastal councils can apply for NSW Government funding for essential dredging projects under the Rescuing Our Waterways program. Mr MacDonald said the State Government recently announced an additional $6 million over four years f... more details

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR COASTAL DREDGING IN THE HUNTER

Thu 13th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging regional coastal councils to apply for NSW Government funding for essential dredging projects under the Rescuing Our Waterways program. Mr MacDonald said the State Government recently announced an additional $6 million over f... more details

FUNDING TO BOOST ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN CENTRAL COAST

Wed 12th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch MP today urged local Central Coast organisations with innovative projects to enhance women and girls’ economic opportunities to apply for funding as part of the NSW Government’s 2017 In... more details

FUNDING TO BOOST ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN THE HUNTER

Wed 12th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC today urged local Hunter organisations with innovative projects to enhance women and girls’ economic opportunities to apply for funding as part of the NSW Government’s 2017 Investing In Women grants program.       ... more details

HUNTER COMMUNITY URGED TO MAKE EVERY JOURNEY A SAFE ONE THIS EASTER

Tue 11th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, is urging motorists to make every journey a safe one this Easter in a bid to drive the road toll down Towards Zero on the Hunter’s roads. Of the 384 lives lost on NSW roads last year, 73 were from the Hunter region. This is 14 more f... more details

CENTRAL COAST CROWN RESERVE TRUSTEES RECOGNISED

Mon 10th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today congratulated two Central Coast community volunteers who have been recognised for their roles in managing local Crown Reserves. 30 Crown Reserve volunteers have been acknowledged in the latest round of service recognition ac... more details

HUNTER CROWN RESERVE TRUSTEES RECOGNISED

Mon 10th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, today congratulated six Hunter community volunteers who have been recognised for their roles in managing local Crown Reserves. 30 Crown Reserve volunteers have been acknowledged in the latest round of service recognition across NSW. &ld... more details

NEW SMASH REPAIR CODE A WIN FOR HUNTER MOTORISTS

Mon 10th Apr 2017

The NSW Government has championed the rights of licensed drivers in the Hunter by overseeing the implementation of a new mandatory Code of Conduct, which has agreed to by the motor vehicle insurance and repair industry.  Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, said the new ... more details

WOY WOY LIBRARY TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR SPIKE MILLIGAN EXHIBIT

Mon 10th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald has welcomed the recent announcement by Minister for the Arts Don Harwin of $188,429 in funding for Central Coast Council under the 2016/17 Public Libraries Infrastructure Grant program. Mr MacDonald said the grant is part of $4 million ... more details

ALP ON NOTICE TO DELIVER ITS PROMISES IN GOSFORD

Mon 10th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, said, "I congratulate Liesl Tesch for her win in Gosford on Saturday. I also thank Jilly Pilon for fighting so hard and so honestly for her community.” “I note Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, David Harris MP is ca... more details

$50,000 FOR ETTALONG OVAL UPGRADE

Fri 07th Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today announced that Central Coast Council will be provided with a $50,000 grant under the Community Facility Program to install and upgrade lighting at Ettalong Oval. “We have a great partnership with Central Coast Council an... more details

MAITLAND AND PORT STEPHENS UNREPRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT

Wed 05th Apr 2017

Ms Jenny Aitchison MP and Ms Kate Washington MP were ejected from the Legislative Assembly Chamber in Question Time today. Both Members had accumulated three calls during Question Time before the Speaker instructed them removed from the Chamber for the rest of the day by the Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms... more details

FREE SAFER DRIVERS COURSE FOR HUNTER LEARNER DRIVERS FROM DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS

Mon 03rd Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, has announced Roads and Maritime Services provides 1000 free places each year for youth from Aboriginal communities and disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the Safer Drivers Course.Mr MacDonald said the Safer Drivers Course is a com... more details

HUNTER ORGANISATIONS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT FUNDING

Mon 03rd Apr 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, has today encouraged community organisations in the Hunter to apply for a share of nearly $8 million of NSW Government funding after the opening of round three of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund on 30 March 2017. The Social H... more details

A FOREVER HOME FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN WYONG

Thu 30th Mar 2017

The NSW Government has announced that it will deliver internationally tested preventative and diversionary programs, as well as making it easier for foster carers to adopt children in their care, under the most significant reforms to child protection and out of home care in almost a decade. Premier... more details

BACK OF BEER COASTER PROMISES FROM LABOR

Tue 28th Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, said Gosford By-election promises by Luke Foley MP have all the hallmarks of the Opposition Leader scribbling a few lines on the back of a beer coaster as he raced up the M1 on Monday morning. “The ALP plan is light on specifi... more details

GREENS FAIL TO DERAIL LIGHT RAIL

Tue 28th Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, said the Greens failed to get support for their Disallowance Motion to overturn the 2017 Newcastle Light Rail Regulation in the Legislative Council on Tuesday. Liberals, Nationals and Crossbenchers defeated the ALP Greens unholy alliance. ... more details

SPORTS FUNDING BOOST FOR WYONG

Mon 27th Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC has today announced $50 000 in NSW Government funding for sports facilities as part of the 2015/16 Local Sport Grant Program. Funding has been provided to: Construct accessible pathways along perimeter fencing at  Wyong Distr... more details

SPORTS FUNDING BOOST FOR THE ENTRANCE

Mon 27th Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, has today announced $41059  in NSW Government funding for sporting facilities as part of the 2015/16 Local Sport Grant Program. Funding has been provided to: Install a sewer pump station at Ourimbah Rugby Park for the Razorb... more details

ETTALONG SCOUTS DESERVE A HAND

Mon 27th Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC today confirmed the NSW Government will provide a grant of $5000 to the Broken Bay Scout Group to assist their recovery from the devastating vandalism attack on the Ettalong Scout Hall last week. Mr MacDonald said “ in response... more details

FAIRER PARKING AT GOSFORD HOSPITAL

Thu 23rd Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed the recent announcement by the Premier, Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP and Minister for Health, Hon Brad Hazzard MP on changes to public hospital parking fees. Speaking at Gosford Hospital, whose patients will benefit from ... more details

NEW EVENTS CENTRE AT GLENWORTH VALLEY

Wed 22nd Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, yesterday opened the new Valley Events Centre at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, on behalf of Hon. Adam Marshall, Minister for Tourism. Joined by Bart Lawler, whose family own and operate Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Mr... more details

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR THE HUNTER

Tue 21st Mar 2017

NSW Premier, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP confirmed that Scot MacDonald MLC will be appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter. This is in addition to his current responsibilities of Planning and the Central Coast.  Mr MacDonald said he was very honoured to be asked to be Parliamentary ... more details

NEW EQUIPMENT FOR WOY WOY ROOSTERS

Mon 20th Mar 2017

The Woy Woy Roosters Rugby League Club is the beneficiary of a $5000 NSW Government grant under the Local Sport Grant Program to purchase new equipment, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC announced on the weekend. Mr MacDonald presented the grant at the 2017 Season La... more details

NEW FUNDING FOR LOCAL ANZAC PROJECTS IN HUNTER

Tue 14th Mar 2017

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC announced that the Raymond Terrace and Killingworth War Memorials will receive NSW Government funding as part of the Community War Memorial Fund (CWMF). Raymond Terrace - RSL Sub-Branch... more details

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE BOOST FOR KANWAL

Tue 14th Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC announced more local families will be able to access before and after school care thanks to a $30,000 grant from the NSW Government. Kanwal Public School has been awarded the funding to establish a new out of school hours care progra... more details

ASIAN EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES FOR CENTRAL COAST BUSINESSES

Mon 13th Mar 2017

The NSW Government together with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will hold a free seminar for Central Coast businesses on 21st March to help them target Hong Kong and China export opportunities. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC said the workshop will be held... more details

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR CENTRAL COAST EVENTS

Mon 13th Mar 2017

Organisers of new and emerging rural and regional events held between July and December this year are being urged to apply for the NSW Government’s 2017 Incubator Event Fund, with round two applications now open. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC said the Fund ... more details

NAIDOC WEEK GRANTS FOR CENTRAL COAST

Thu 09th Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC has encouraged Central Coast community groups to celebrate Aboriginal culture and apply for NAIDOC Week 2017 grants. “The NSW Government is again offering small grants for grass roots organisations to run local events marking N... more details

NEW FUND TO BOOST REGIONAL GROWTH IN CENTRAL COAST

Tue 07th Mar 2017

Local community and government organisations in the Central Coast are being encouraged to apply for funding for environment and tourism projects under the NSW Government’s new $300 million Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Sco... more details

GREEN SLIP SAVINGS FOR CENTRAL COAST DRIVERS

Tue 07th Mar 2017

Central Coast motorists are set to benefit from a fairer and more affordable CTP Green Slip Scheme under a proposal announced today by the NSW Government and welcomed by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch MP. The changes will a... more details

CENTRAL COAST WINNER IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AWARDS

Tue 07th Mar 2017

The achievements, commitment and passion of women in NSW councils were celebrated today as part of the tenth annual Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch MP both congratulated Jul... more details

NEW FINANCE BUILDING FOR GOSFORD

Thu 02nd Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today welcomed the approved determination for the development of a new Department of Finance premises at 32 Mann Street, Gosford by the Hunter and Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP). “We now have the green ligh... more details

FASTER DA LODGEMENT FOR CENTRAL COAST

Wed 01st Mar 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, has welcomed the recent announcement by Minister for Planning and Housing, The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP regarding online lodgement of Development Applications (DA) as a huge boost for the Central Coast to accommodate future growth. &... more details

FISHING REFORMS FOR CENTRAL COAST

Fri 24th Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, said fishers in the region will benefit following the tabling of an Upper House inquiry report into the NSW commercial fisheries sector, confirming that the NSW commercial fisheries Business Adjustment Program will proceed without de... more details

CHANGES GIVE CENTRAL COAST BUSINESSES A FAIR GO

Thu 23rd Feb 2017

Local retail businesses in the Central Coast are set to benefit from significant changes to the NSW Retail Leases Act, which will help create stronger and fairer relationships between tenants and landlords in the retail industry. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, sa... more details

GOSFORD REGIONAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

Thu 23rd Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today welcomed the announcement by the Central Coast Council on their proposed site for the Regional Performing Arts Centre (RPAC). "The NSW Government has asked for further details on the proposed site for the RPAC from the Central... more details

$125,000 AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL WAR MEMORIALS IN CENTRAL COAST

Wed 22nd Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch MP today announced the first round of 2017 funding for the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) is now open. The CWMF is designed to protect and repair local war memorials, which preserves the ANZA... more details

NSW GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN PROTECTING CENTRAL COAST PARAMEDICS

Wed 22nd Feb 2017

The NSW Government will spend $48 million to provide an enhanced insurance scheme with a minimum of five years’ income protection for on duty claims, and a specialised health program for NSW Ambulance Service paramedics, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, said t... more details

CENTRAL COAST FOOTBALL CLUBS

Wed 22nd Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today encouraged local football clubs to apply for funding through the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund. Applications close this week. “The success of the 2015 Asian Cup has presented a great opportunity for Local football clubs... more details

HAVE A CUPPA WITH CENTRAL COAST COPS

Tue 21st Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, has encouraged community members to attend annual ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event at Glee Coffee Roasters, The Chapman Building, 9/14 Alison Road, Wyong at 9am on Thursday 23 February. “Coffee with a cop provides an info... more details

$15M PUBLIC RESERVE FUNDING AVAILABLE

Mon 20th Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, is encouraging managers of Crown reserves on the Central Coast to apply for funding under the NSW Government’s $15 million Public Reserves Management Fund Program. The funding is available for any activity that supports the ma... more details

LOCAL HERITAGE FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR CENTRAL COAST

Thu 16th Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch MP are encouraging owners and managers of local heritage assets to consider applying for funding for local conservation projects. Mr MacDonald said $4 million in funding was available to help com... more details

GREYHOUND INDUSTRY REFORM REPORT RELEASED

Thu 16th Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch MP welcomed a new report that will guide the NSW Government’s greyhound racing reforms. Mr MacDonald said the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel report will pave the way for a new regulatory re... more details

CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL

Tue 14th Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch MP today welcomed the announcement made by the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian MP that Central Coast Council would remain in place. “The Central Coast council is working well for the community. ... more details

BEST WISHES TO KATHY SMITH MP

Tue 14th Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today wished Kathy Smith MP the best as she prepares to undergo further medical treatment. Ms Smith today tendered her resignation letter to the Speaker’s Office. Mr MacDonald acknowledged the work Ms Smith had done in repres... more details

NEW ROADS MINISTER VISITS WOY WOY

Fri 10th Feb 2017

Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Central Coast welcomed the new NSW Roads Minister, The Hon. Melinda Pavey MP to Woy Woy on Thursday.  Mr MacDonald said, "I was very grateful Minister Pavey made time to inspect some road issues on the Peninsula. We inspected the... more details

BUILDING ARTS AND CULTURE ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Tue 07th Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch MP, are encouraging local organisations to apply for grants of between $100,000 and $300,000 to help build or upgrade art and cultural facilities through the Club GRANTS Category 3 program.  ... more details

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR LOCAL LAND SERVICES ELECTIONS IN CENTRAL COAST

Mon 06th Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today welcomed the announcement by the Local Land Services Chair, Tim de Mestre that elections of Local land Services Boards will take place at the end of May. “Nominations are currently open, and I would encourage any local r... more details

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION REPORT FOR BRISBANE WATER DRIVE SAFETY REVIEW ONLINE

Mon 06th Feb 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today invited the community to view the consultation report for the Brisbane Water Drive safety review. Mr MacDonald said Brisbane Water Drive is the primary link connecting the Central Coast Highway at West Gosford to Railway Stree... more details

SCOT MACDONALD FAREWELLS HUNTER

Sun 29th Jan 2017

NSW Parliamentary Secretary, Scot MacDonald MLC, said he was honoured to be given the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Central Coast.  Mr MacDonald said "I am sorry to lose the Hunter as part of my responsibilities as it is such a dynamic region with so much potential”. ... more details

SCOT MACDONALD APPOINTED PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR CENTRAL COAST

Sun 29th Jan 2017

Scot MacDonald MLC has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Central Coast. Mr MacDonald said " I am very pleased to be continuing my role on the Central Coast. It is an important region, with a rapidly growing population and newly amalgamated Council to bed down. With my added re... more details

NEW NSW PREMIER READY TO SERVE THE HUNTER

Mon 23rd Jan 2017

Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, can confirm at this morning’s Liberal Party Room meeting Premier Baird resigned; all leadership positions were declared vacant; nominations were called for; and Hon Gladys Berejiklian was elected leader and Hon Dominic Perrottet was e... more details

NEW NSW PREMIER READY TO SERVE CENTRAL COAST

Mon 23rd Jan 2017

Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, can confirm at this morning’s Liberal Party Room meeting Premier Baird resigned; all leadership positions were declared vacant; nominations were called for; and Hon Gladys Berejiklian was elected leader and Hon Dominic Perrotte... more details

NEW NSW PREMIER READY TO SERVE REGIONAL NSW

Mon 23rd Jan 2017

Guyra based Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast, can confirm at this morning’s Liberal Party Room meeting Premier Baird resigned; all leadership positions were declared vacant; nominations were called for; and Hon Gladys Berejiklian was elected leader a... more details

GREENS MUST RESPECT AUSTRALIA DAY IN NEW ENGLAND

Fri 20th Jan 2017

Guyra based Scot MacDonald MLC, condemns the NSW Greens proposal to disrupt community activities on Australia Day. The NSW Greens have acknowledged factions within their Party are urging disruption of Australia's national day. “Australia Day is about bringing our community together, enjoying ... more details

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR HUNTER STUDENTS

Fri 20th Jan 2017

Students from disadvantaged families in the Hunter region are being urged to apply for new scholarships worth $1,000 to support their education. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, said the FACS High School Scholarship program is open now to students in Year 10, 11 and 12 at... more details

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR CENTRAL COAST STUDENTS

Fri 20th Jan 2017

Students from disadvantaged families in the Central Coast region are being urged to apply for new scholarships worth $1,000 to support their education. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, said the FACS High School Scholarship program is open now to students in Year 10... more details

GREENS MUST RESPECT AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE CENTRAL COAST

Thu 19th Jan 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, condemns the NSW Greens proposal to disrupt community activities on Australia Day. “Australia Day is about bringing our community together, enjoying the day's activities and building a stronger cohesive country” Mr MacDo... more details

GREENS MUST RESPECT AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE HUNTER

Thu 19th Jan 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, condemns the NSW Greens proposal to disrupt community activities on Australia Day. “Australia Day is about bringing our community together, enjoying the day's activities and building a stronger cohesive country” Mr MacDonald sa... more details

OLD4NEW VAN SAILING THROUGH THE CENTRAL COAST

Wed 18th Jan 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC, today announced the Old4New van will tour across the Central Coast in the coming weeks to share advice with the boating public about choosing and maintaining modern lifejackets. The mobile van will be at the following locations wher... more details

FIGHTING CRIME IN THE HUNTER

Mon 16th Jan 2017

The Hunter community is being encouraged to come forward to the NSW Government with solutions to stamp down on local crime and anti-social behaviour. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, urged community groups, council, businesses and organisations to apply for a grant up to ... more details

COMBATING CRIME IN THE CENTRAL COAST

Mon 16th Jan 2017

The Central Coast community is being encouraged to come forward with solutions to stamp down on local crime and anti-social behaviour. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch urged community groups, council, businesses and organisations to ap... more details

$4.3 MILLION TO REBUILD STOCKTON BOAT HARBOUR

Wed 11th Jan 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, today announced work will start early this year to design and rebuild Stockton Boat Harbour, providing the Newcastle recreational and commercial boating community with safer berthing. Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government had allocated $4.3 mil... more details