Scot MacDonald

Press Releases

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

FREQUENT BUSES STAR IN FIRST MONTH OF NEW NEWCASTLE BUS NETWORK

Mon 19th Feb 2018

Newcastle’s new bus and ferry network has received a vote of confidence, with Opal data for the month showing increased patronage on key routes and the elimination of ‘ghost buses’. A 28 day comparison from January 2017 to January 2018 shows patronage has remained generally steady... more details

BOATING SAFETY IN CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Mon 19th Feb 2018

Operation Safety First is currently underway on all NSW waterways, focusing on compliance with safe boating laws relating to towing, speeding and wash. Mr MacDonald said this time of the year continues to be popular for waterskiing, wake boarding, knee boarding and tubing across the Central Coast a... more details

STATEMENT ON TAFE

Mon 19th Feb 2018

“The NSW Liberal National Government is investing in the future of TAFE in Newcastle. TAFE NSW currently receives $1.7 billion, or 77.3 percent, of the State’s $2.2 billion skills budget. By their own admission, if Labor was in charge, they’d cut TAFE’s budget to leave it wit... more details

PETITION FOR EXTENSION OF NEWCASTLE FERRY SERVICE TABLED

Tue 13th Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC this afternoon tabled in the NSW Legislative Council the petition from members of the Throsby Basin Business Chamber and residents of the Newcastle area advocating for the extension of the current ferry services. 212 signatures were received... more details

FUNDING FOR ROAD UPGRADES IN SEAHAM PARK

Mon 12th Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Pre McGee of the Seaham Park & Wetlands Committee and Adam Elbourne of Elbourne Plant Hire to inspect recently completed road upgrades to Seaham Park in Seaham. The Seaham Park & Wetlands Committee supporters raised $11,... more details

FUNDING FOR COMMEMORATION PROJECTS IN THE HUNTER

Sun 11th Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott today announced eight projects across the Hunter will receive NSW Government funding from the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP). The Community War Me... more details

SOCIAL AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND OPENS FOR THE HUNTER

Fri 09th Feb 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has officially opened the Expressions of Interest for the second phase of its Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), which will deliver up to 1,200 additional social and affordable homes. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has called on... more details

SOCIAL AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND OPENS FOR CENTRAL COAST

Fri 09th Feb 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has officially opened the Expressions of Interest for the second phase of its Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), which will deliver up to 1,200 additional social and affordable homes. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has ca... more details

NEWCASTLE TRANSPORT IS DELIVERING

Fri 09th Feb 2018

ParliamentarySecretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the new Newcastle Transport network was showing signs of positive growth after just three weeks of operation. He questioned the Labor’s campaign of negativity regarding the new network, which is delivering more services, more frequ... more details

MAKING CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER ROADS SAFER

Tue 06th Feb 2018

Today the NSW Government announced the Road Safety Plan 2021, which includes a range of measures aimed at reducing the road toll after 392 people lost their lives on NSW roads in 2017. The comprehensive package addresses speeding, drink driving, drug driving, driver distraction, driver fatigue, tru... more details

FEEDBACK CLOSING ON WARNERVALE LINK ROAD PROJECT

Tue 06th Feb 2018

The community is reminded to have a say on the proposed Warnervale Link Road which would link the residential growth area of Warnervale to the administrative and commercial precincts of Wyong and Tuggerah. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said feedback on the proposa... more details

CESSNOCK SHOULD BE FIRST CHOICE #Cessnockfirstchoice

Mon 05th Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today's media reports about workers having to move from Sydney to Cessnock spells opportunity for the Cessnock LGA. “Sydney will always have pressures, but this presents an opportunity for Cessnock to sell itself” Mr MacDona... more details

CENTRAL COAST SCHOOL MAINTENANCE LIST REDUCED

Mon 05th Feb 2018

Public schools on the Central Coast have had their planned maintenance lists reduced by $24.7 million as new figures to be released this week show the benefit of a blitz on roofing, flooring, painting and other maintenance projects. The ten Central Coast schools with the largest reductions are; ... more details

HUNTER SCHOOL MAINTENANCE LIST REDUCED

Mon 05th Feb 2018

Public schools in the Hunter have had their planned maintenance lists reduced by $23.7 million as new figures to be released this week show the benefit of a blitz on roofing, flooring, painting and other maintenance projects. The ten Hunter schools with the largest reductions are; Rutherford Tec... more details

FUNDING FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS IN THE HUNTER

Sat 03rd Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said four preschools in the Hunter are set to benefit from new professional development opportunities for early childhood educators, following $6,741 in funding from the Professional Development Grants program for 2017-18; Bellbird Prescho... more details

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Fri 02nd Feb 2018

Community organisations in the Central Coast and 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. Mr MacD... more details

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR DISADVANTAGED CENTRAL COAST STUDENTS

Fri 02nd Feb 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has doubled the number of financial scholarships on offer for disadvantaged young people to stay in school and reach their education and training goals, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. Worth $1000 a year, scholars... more details

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR DISADVANTAGED HUNTER STUDENTS

Fri 02nd Feb 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has doubled the number of financial scholarships on offer for disadvantaged young people to stay in school and reach their education and training goals, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. Worth $1000 a year, scholarship fun... more details

$100 ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHER FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER CHILDREN

Wed 31st Jan 2018

School children in the Central Coast and Hunter are now eligible for the NSW Liberal National Government’s new $100 Active Kids program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said from today all parents with school aged children will have help with sp... more details

FUNDING FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS IN MAITLAND

Wed 31st Jan 2018

East Maitland Preschool - Brunswick Street campus is set to benefit from new professional development opportunities for early childhood educators. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said East Maitland Preschool had successfully applied for a $1500 Professional Development Gra... more details

NEW ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION FOR CENTRAL COAST RAIL

Tue 30th Jan 2018

Completion of a new rail electricity substation will provide additional power and reduce the risk of disruption to trains on the Central Coast and Newcastle rail lines, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. “The new substation in Gosford – the... more details

DESIGN WORK FOR NEWCASTLE INNER CITY BYPASS

Mon 29th Jan 2018

Planning for the fifth section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond is progressing well, with the contract for the design of early work now awarded. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Liberal National Government is funding the constr... more details

FLOOD MANAGEMENT GRANTS FOR THE CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Sun 28th Jan 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is calling on Central Coast Council and councils in the Hunter to apply for the NSW Liberal National Government’s 2018 Floodplain Management Program. “This grant program funds important projects that assess ... more details

CENTRAL COAST KIDS UNDER 5 TO GET FREE FLU JAB

Tue 23rd Jan 2018

Central Coast children between six months and five years old are now eligible for free flu jabs this year, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP announced today. The $3.5 million influenza vaccination program offered by the NSW Liber... more details

HUNTER KIDS UNDER 5 TO GET FREE FLU JAB

Tue 23rd Jan 2018

Children in the Hunter between six months and five years old are now eligible for free flu jabs this year, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The $3.5 million influenza vaccination program offered by the NSW Liberal National Government follows last year&rsquo... more details

FUNDING FOR PUBLIC RESERVES IN THE CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Mon 22nd Jan 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has announced $17 million will be available for Crown reserve trusts through the 2018/19 round of the Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF) program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging reserve trust mana... more details

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR NSW TRAINING AWARDS

Sun 21st Jan 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is urging employers and trainers in the Central Coast and Hunter to nominate outstanding local apprentices, trainees and organisations for the 2018 NSW Training Awards. Mr MacDonald said nominations for the re... more details

CESSNOCK OFFICERS CELEBRATED ON INAUGRAL NATIONAL CORRECTIONS DAY

Fri 19th Jan 2018

The men and women of Cessnock Correction Centre are among almost 25,000 frontline correctional staff to be celebrated today as part of Australia’s first annual National Corrections Day. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the day is vital to acknowledging the work o... more details

FUNDING FOR SHARK OBSERVATION AT BLACKSMITHS BEACH

Wed 17th Jan 2018

Blacksmiths Beach in Lake Macquarie will receive priority funding from the NSW Liberal National Government to improve shark detection and beachgoer safety this summer, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. “I am pleased to announce that Lake Macquarie City... more details

SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BLITZ FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Mon 15th Jan 2018

More than $2 million will be spent on school maintenance projects which will run over the summer holiday period in Gosford, Wyong and The Entrance. Nine schools are set to benefit from roof works, including repair and maintenance; Tuggerawong Public School: $180,821 Chittaway Bay Public School:... more details

SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BLITZ FOR THE HUNTER

Mon 15th Jan 2018

More than $2.6 million will be spent on school maintenance projects which will run over the summer holiday period in Maitland, Cessnock and Newcastle. Seven schools are set to benefit from roof and floor works, and repainting; Woodberry Public School - $342,394 Telarah Public School - $152,104 ... more details

TAFE NSW OPENS DOORS TO THE FUTURE

Fri 12th Jan 2018

The Central Coast and Hunter communities are invited to visit their local TAFE NSW facilities during Enrolment Week next week to explore the range of study options on offer at TAFE NSW in 2018. Scot MacDonald, Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter s... more details

SERVICE BOOST FOR LOWER HUNTER BUS CUSTOMERS

Fri 12th Jan 2018

Bus customers across the Lower Hunter region will benefit from 125 additional weekly services across eight different routes from 15 January and 30 January. “The new weekly services will provide customers with more travel options on weekdays and weekends, including more services in the evening... more details

MINISTER ORDERS REPORT INTO MAJOR INCIDENT RECOVERY

Thu 11th Jan 2018

NSW Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald says he "apologises to commuters and train users who were impacted by delays and disruptions to the services earlier this week. But I am very confident the Government can learn from the challe... more details