Scot MacDonald

Press Releases

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

THE NEW ENGLAND REGION TACKLING DIABETES

Wed 14th Nov 2012

The Hon. Scot MacDonald MLC today offered his support for the international campaign World Diabetes Day, Wednesday 14 November The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Duty Liberal MLC for Northern NSW, is joining the call for action on our fastest growing chronic disease, diabetes, and encouraging every one of us... more details

Local Government Association Conference in Dubbo

Tue 30th Oct 2012

The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Guyra based Liberal Party Member of the Legislative Council, said the Local Government Association's Annual Conference in Dubbo was important for local Councillors and the NSW Government. It was the last LGA conference before merging with Shires Association of NSW. "Local G... more details

SIMPLE, QUICK AND EFFECTIVE TRIBUNAL JUSTICE FOR NSW

Fri 26th Oct 2012

The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Duty Liberal MLC for Northern NSW, today welcomed the creation of NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) by the NSW Attorney General, the Hon. Greg Smith SC MP. The NCAT closely follows the recommendations of the Legislative Council Committee of Law and Justice of whi... more details

LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH FUNDING FOR ARMIDALE

Mon 22nd Oct 2012

The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Guyra based Liberal MLC, today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for the Arts, George Souris, that 43 organisations across NSW would receive funding by Arts NSW for local history research. In particular Armidale and District Historical Society and New England Region... more details

LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH FUNDING FOR GLEN INNES

Mon 22nd Oct 2012

The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Guyra based Liberal MLC, today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for the Arts, George Souris, that 43 organisations across NSW would receive funding by Arts NSW for local history research. Glen Innes & District Historical Society Inc has been granted funding of ... more details

Northern Tablelands Should Benefit from Mine Rehabilitation Council

Mon 15th Oct 2012

The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Guyra Based Liberal MLC, today welcomed Minister Chris Hartcher's announcement on Friday that a new Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Council will be created to examine best practice mine rehabilitation and sustainable land use. There are many abandoned mines on the Northern Tab... more details

Funding for Wood Smoke Pollution

Thu 11th Oct 2012

The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Liberal MLC based in Guyra, was pleased that in a response to a Budget estimate question The Minister for Environment Robyn Parker, announced $1 million to assist Councils managing wood smoke pollution.  The funding announcement coincides with the release today of a wo... more details

NSW GOVERNMENT STRENGTHENS ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS

Tue 25th Sep 2012

The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Liberal Duty MLC for Northern NSW, has welcomed new animal welfare laws passed by NSW Parliament last week which improve the health and welfare of livestock through early expert intervention and animal husbandry advice. The Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson... more details

Delivering on Financial Counselling Services

Mon 17th Sep 2012

Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts today announced more than $18 million over three years for financial counselling services across NSW, with three year funding based on a new and improved model that puts a focus on face to face service delivery and full time service in as many areas as possible.... more details

NSW YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL 2013

Fri 14th Sep 2012

 Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Victor Dominello, today announced the opening of applications for the 2013 membership of the NSW Youth Advisory Council. The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Duty MLC for Northern NSW, today said "I encourage all young people aged 12 to 25 with experience in yout... more details

A special call by Hon. Scot MacDonald MLC to Northern NSW residents to watch their risk this Diabetes Awareness Week

Mon 09th Jul 2012

Hon. Scot MacDonald MLC is calling on the Northern NSW community to check their risk this Diabetes Awareness Week, which is running from 8 to 14 of July 2012. Approximately 1,150,000 Australians have been diagnosed with diabetesi, and for every person who has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, th... more details

NSW AGEING STRATEGY

Mon 09th Jul 2012

Hon. Scot MacDonald, Liberal Party Duty MLC for Northern NSW, today attended the launch of the NSW Ageing Strategy with Minister for Ageing, The Hon. Andrew Constance MP in NSW Parliament House. Please see attached photo. The NSW Ageing Strategy is a whole-of-government approach to help seniors liv... more details

Draft Native Vegetation Regulation Consultation

Fri 01st Jun 2012

Hon. Scot MacDonald, Liberal Party Duty MLC for Northern NSW, has welcomed the draft Native Vegetation Regulations released by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, the Hon. Robyn Parker MP. The Private Native Forestry (PNF) Code of Practice has also been reviewed and is on display. The dr... more details

Game Hunting to Control Feral Animals in Parks

Wed 30th May 2012

Hon. Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed the Premier's announcement that Game Hunting will be allowed in National Parks. Mr MacDonald said "I have been advocating for this policy since I arrived in the NSW Parliament. I believe it is a practical strategy to control feral animals in selected National ... more details

Women of the Year Awards

Wed 30th May 2012

Hon. Scot MacDonald MLC, Duty MLC for Northern NSW, today congratulated Ms Susan Cull for winning Local Woman of the Year for Northern Tablelands. Ms Cull has won this prestigious award for her achievements in the Armidale based business ICT International: http://www.ictinternational.com.au/ ICT ... more details

Public Lands Inquiry Coming to Armidale

Tue 15th May 2012

Scot MacDonald MLC has confirmed that the NSW Legislative Council inquiry into Park Land Management will be holding a Public Hearing in Armidale in October. Mr MacDonald said "I am pleased to have the Chairman's and Committee's support to conduct a Hearing in our region. General Purpose Standing Co... more details

CARBON TAX & GREEN SCHEMES TO ADD $315 TO NSW POWER BILLS

Wed 18th Apr 2012

Hon. Scot MacDonald, Duty MLC for Northern NSW, today announced that NSW electricity bills will show the cost of Labor’s carbon tax and green schemes following the announcement by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) that the carbon tax will be responsible for an estimated 9... more details

Successful Rotary Conference in Inverell

Fri 16th Mar 2012

Hon. Scot MacDonald, Duty MLC for Northern NSW, took the opportunity in Parliament on Tuesday to acknowledge the huge success of the District 9650 Conference held in Inverell last Saturday. "The function comprised drinks and a lovely dinner for the 530 delegates and partners from the coastal and no... more details

Regional Air Services into Kingsford Smith Airport

Tue 28th Feb 2012

Hon. Scot MacDonald, Duty MLC for Northern NSW, and a number of country based Liberal and National MPs have met with NSW Transport Minister, the Hon. Gladys Berejikilan MP regarding regional air services. Mr MacDonald said "Coalition MPs asked to meet with the Transport Minister in response to spec... more details

RAISING FUNDS FOR HEART RESEARCH

Fri 24th Feb 2012

Guyra based member of the Legislative Council, Scot MacDonald MLC, today joined Professor Peter MacDonald, Cardiologist with the St Vincent's Heart/Lung Transplant Unit, and his patient, George Paliouris, to help promote their appeal for urgent funding for vital equipment needed to fight heart and l... more details

Greens "Shoddy Half-Truths"

Thu 16th Feb 2012

The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Liberal Member of the NSW Legislative Council, on Tuesday night called the Greens spokesman on Mining, the Hon. Jeremy Buckingham to account for misleading the community over Hillgrove Mine, east of Armidale. In Parliament, Mr MacDonald pointed out Mr Buckingham had made a ... more details

Uranium Exploration to Proceed in NSW

Wed 15th Feb 2012

The Hon. Scot MacDonald, Liberal Member of the NSW Legislative Council, and Duty MLC for Northern NSW strongly endorses the Mining Legislation Amendment (Uranium Exploration) Bill 2012. This Bill will enable the exploration of Uranium in this State once it passes through Parliament. The quantity, a... more details

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF WINDFARM DEVELOPMENT IN NSW

Thu 19th Jan 2012

Local communities are being reminded to make sure their views are heard on the NSW Government draft Planning Guidelines for Wind Farms. Scot MacDonald, Duty MLC for Northern NSW, is urging residents to review the draft windfarm guidelines which are on public exhibition until March 14. “The d... more details

Opposition to coal seam gas based on worst-case scenarios

Tue 03rd Jan 2012

IN THE United States, the emergence of the shale gas industry is creating thousands of jobs and breathing economic life into depressed regions. Australia, and in particular regional Australia, has a similar opportunity with coal seam gas. As a member of the NSW legislative council inquiry into coa... more details