Scot MacDonald

Press Releases

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

$63,000 Boost For The Northern Tablelands Environment

Thu 22nd Dec 2011

The Northern Tablelands environment is set to benefit from environmental funding of almost $63,557 to help reducing wood smoke pollution and sustainable living. The Minster for Environment, Robyn Parker said a grant of $48,837 to the University of New England for „Reducing wood smoke pollutio... more details

CSG INQUIRY HEADS TO NARRABRI AND NSW PARLIAMENT

Tue 15th Nov 2011

Committee Members of the Upper House inquiry into coal seam gas will make stops in Narrabri and Sydney this week as public hearings into the economic, social, environmental and health impacts of the coal seam gas industry in NSW continue. Committee Member Scot MacDonald MLC said the hearing at NSW ... more details

NSW Auditor General Report Condemns Labor's Solar Bonus Scheme

Mon 07th Nov 2011

Hon. Scot MacDonald, Duty MLC for Northern NSW, said the NSW Auditor General has confirmed the bungled Solar Bonus Scheme will cost NSW taxpayers approximately $1 Billion over the original budget for the program of $362 million. Mr MacDonald said "I have been one of the harshest critics of the Sola... more details

NSW Minister for Fair Trading visits Northern Tablelands

Tue 25th Oct 2011

Guyra based Member of the Legislative Council, the Hon. Scot MacDonald, yesterday welcomed the NSW Minister for Fair Trading, the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP to the Northern Tablelands today as part of the Minister's regional tour. Mr MacDonald and the Minister visited Inverell High School where they m... more details

Native Vegetation Act Review

Tue 04th Oct 2011

Guyra based Liberal Member of the Legislative Council, Scot MacDonald, will attend the NSW Farmers Association Forum to be held in Moree on Wednesday the 5th October. Mr MacDonald said "I commend the Association for their initiative in consulting their members on the Native Vegetation Act review. N... more details

CSG INQUIRY HEADS TO LISMORE

Tue 20th Sep 2011

Committee Members of the Upper House inquiry into Coal Seam Gas will travel to Lismore tomorrow for the first of a number of public hearings into the economic, social, environmental and health impacts of the coal seam gas industry in NSW. Committee Member Scot MacDonald, MLC said the public hearing... more details

REVIEW OF NATIVE VEGETATION LAWS

Wed 14th Sep 2011

Guyra based Liberal MLC, Scot MacDonald, today welcomed the Minister for the Environment's announcement that a statutory review of the Native Vegetation Management Regulations in NSW will commence shortly. “Over the last 16 years, the previous government introduced a series of prescriptive po... more details

DENTAL HEALTH TASKFORCE ANNOUNCED

Wed 24th Aug 2011

Hon. Scot MacDonald, Duty Liberal MLC for the Northern Tablelands, today welcomed the establishment of a Dental Health Taskforce to develop a plan to reduce dental waiting times, address public dentistry workforce shortages and increase sustainable dental services to match local needs. “Our e... more details

Scot MacDonald Congratulates Armidale Dumaresq Council on Winning Local Government Week Award

Fri 05th Aug 2011

Scot MacDonald, Liberal Party Duty MLC for Northern Tablelands, today congratulated Armidale Dumaresq Council on winning a category at the Local Government Week Awards, which here held at Woolwich overnight.  The annual awards event adopted the theme of Local Government Week 2011, “Empow... more details

Inquiry into Coal Seam Gas Mining

Fri 05th Aug 2011

Liberal Party MLC, Scot MacDonald today announced that the Legislative Council General Purpose Standing Committee 5 has just confirmed there will be an Inquiry into the emerging Coal Seam Gas industry. "Mining and Gas extraction is a state issue. The Coal Seam Gas industry could make an important c... more details

NEW LEGISLATION TO DELIVER FOR CLUB MOVEMENT

Thu 04th Aug 2011

The NSW Government has introduced legislation to the Parliament which will save many clubs and help others expand their services to the local community, Liberal Party Duty MLC for Northern Tablelands Hon. Scot MacDonald said today. “This will deliver a $285 million boost for registered clubs ... more details

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Mon 01st Aug 2011

The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Liberal Party Duty MLC for Northern Tablelands joined the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, the Hon. Andrew Constance in his Press Conference today in Parliament House. The Minister called on the Commonwealth Government to urgently adopt the National Disability I... more details

Starfish Enterprises wins 2011 Green Globe Regional Sustainability Award

Wed 27th Jul 2011

Starfish Enterprises Farming the Sun project is joint winner of the inaugural 2011 Green Globe Regional Sustainability Award in recognition of its outstanding environmental achievement. The Award was presented by Phyllis Miller from the Natural Resources Advisory Council NSW at the 2011 Green Globe... more details

Apply Now for Sport Funding

Mon 18th Jul 2011

Scot MacDonald, Guyra based member of the NSW Legislative Council, has called on sporting organisations in the Northern Tablelands to apply for the latest programs announced by the NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, The Hon. Graham Annesley. The Minister has called for applications under the 'S... more details

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Roads visits Northern Tablelands

Sun 17th Jul 2011

The NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Roads, the Hon. John Ajaka MLC, visited the Northern Tablelands on Thursday the 14th July following an invitation from Guyra based Member of the Legislative Council, the Hon Scot MacDonald to inspect damage to roads after last month’s Natural Disaster declar... more details

Coalition Delivering on its 100 Day Action Plan

Tue 12th Jul 2011

Guyra based member of the Legislative Council, Scot MacDonald, today announced that Barry O'Farrell and the Coalition is delivering on its 100 Day Action Plan.  “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has hit the ground running, already racking up a raft of achievements during our f... more details

Commonsense Rules for Wool Carriers

Thu 07th Jul 2011

The Hon. Scot MacDonald MLC welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Roads and Ports, the Hon Duncan Gay MLC, that there will be an immediate 2.7 metre width concession for the transportation of wool bales in NSW.  The concession is for 12 months; is restricted to a maximum of 100 mm side... more details

New Local Health District Board Appointments

Tue 05th Jul 2011

Guyra based member of the Legislative Council, Scot MacDonald, today welcomed the appointment of the new Local Health District Board. "I look forward to working with the Board to improving Health services in the Hunter New England Area Health region. Our area is challenged by distance and demograph... more details

Roads Visit to Northern Tablelands

Mon 04th Jul 2011

Guyra based member of the Legislative Council, Scot MacDonald, has asked the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Roads to visit the Northern Tablelands. The aim of the visit is to inspect some of the recent damage to roads caused by local heavy rain and the additional traffic following the closure of th... more details

NSW Attorney General to Visit Northern Tablelands

Tue 28th Jun 2011

Hon. Scot MacDonald, Liberal Party Duty MLC for Northern NSW, has invited the NSW Attorney General and Minister for Justice, the Hon Greg Smith SC MP, to visit the Northern Tablelands. Mr MacDonald said “I am pleased that the Attorney General has confirmed that he will be visiting Armidale in... more details

Over $38,000 for Environmental Research at University of New England

Tue 28th Jun 2011

Guyra based member of the Legislative Council, Scot MacDonald, today welcomed the announcement that the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust has approved funding of over $38,000 to the University of New England for two research projects that will put NSW at the forefront of international effor... more details

NSW GOVERNMENT ATTRACTING SYDNEY FAMILIES TO Northern Tablelands

Fri 24th Jun 2011

The NSW Government is encouraging Sydney families to relocate their homes from the city to the Northern Tablelands with a $7,000 relocation grant available from 1 July, NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Guyra based Member of NSW Legislative Council, the Hon. Scot MacDonald said today. Mr Stoner ... more details

Live Animal Export Suspension Must be Lifted

Thu 23rd Jun 2011

Liberal Party Duty MLC for Northern NSW, the Hon. Scot MacDonald strongly endorsed the live animal export trade into Indonesia. In a speech to the NSW Legislative Council yesterday Mr MacDonald said: "The suspension of the live animal export trade into Indonesia by the Gillard Federal Government wa... more details

New Disaster Declared Areas from Recent Floods

Tue 21st Jun 2011

Guyra based Member of the Legislative Council, Scot MacDonald, yesterday sent out his heartfelt wishes and prayers to the flood affected people of Guyra, Armidale and Walcha. "Our beautiful part of the world has been ravaged by severe storm damage and subsequent road deterioration" Scot MacDonald s... more details

Reconciliation Week and the Aboriginal Flag

Wed 01st Jun 2011

Liberal Party Duty MLC for Northern NSW, the Hon. Scot MacDonald spoke on Reconciliation Week and the Aboriginal Flag in the Legislative Council. Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration from the 27th May to the 3rd June. Those dates are significant as the 27th May is the anniversary of the 196... more details

Parliamentary Committee Appointments

Fri 27th May 2011

The Hon. Scot MacDonald MLC has been appointed to two key Committees in the NSW Legislative Council. The Standing Committee on Law and Justice has been active in a range of contentious issues including Adoption by Same Sex Couples; Shared Parental responsibility; Community based sentencing options f... more details

Coalition Delivers on Local Health District & Boards

Fri 06th May 2011

The Hon. Scot MacDonald MLC, Guyra based member of NSW Legislative Council, is pleased to see the Minister for Health, the Hon. Jillian Skinner has introduced the Local Health Districts and Boards Bill to the Parliament in its first sitting week. The Liberal and National Coalition is delivering on i... more details

Councillor van Lieshout at Opening of NSW Parliament

Thu 05th May 2011

The Hon. Scot MacDonald MLC invited Councillor Joan van Lieshout to the opening of the State Parliament on Tuesday the 3rd May.  Mr MacDonald said the invitation was recognition of Councillor van Lieshout's selfless service to the Tweed community in local government and a range of organisation... more details

NSW Parliament to Resume on 3rd May

Wed 27th Apr 2011

Scot MacDonald, Guyra based Member of NSW Legislative Council Elect, says the NSW Governor will open the State Parliament on Tuesday the 3rd May. The opening will commence at 10.00am and will include the election of a new Speaker for the Legislative Assembly and President for the Legislative Council... more details