Scot MacDonald

Press Releases

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

UPDATE REGARDING TAFE NSW TIGHES HILL

Wed 23rd May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has confirmed that classes at TAFE NSW Tighes Hill have resumed this morning following a fire at the campus overnight. The fire affected the refrigeration and welding workshops. Currently those workshops are the only impacted areas of the ca... more details

STATEMENT ON TIGHES HILL TAFE FIRE

Tue 22nd May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has had a preliminary briefing on the fire at TAFE Tighes Hill campus. Standard incident procedures have been initiated and are currently underway. "TAFE management and Assistant Minister for Skills the Hon. Adam Marshall MP are being updat... more details

FIRST ACCOMMODATION BLOCKS READY FOR CESSNOCK EXPANSION

Mon 21st May 2018

The accommodation blocks for a new 330-bed maximum-security wing of Cessnock Correctional Centre are being installed, six months after construction began in November last year. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC was among guests who toured the site today to see the progress a... more details

CONSTRUCTION STARTS AT KANGY ANGY

Mon 21st May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today performed a sod turn to mark the start of major construction of the New Intercity Fleet maintenance facility at Kangy Angy, a project that will boost employment and skills on the Central Coast. When complete, the facility will s... more details

RETURN AND EARN VENDING MACHINE FOR LAKE MUNMORAH

Sun 20th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has announced that a Return and Earn Reverse Vending Machine will go live today at Woolworths Lake Munmorah as part of the Return and Earn container deposit scheme. The reverse vending machine will be located at 1 Tall Timbers Road, ... more details

RECEPTION TO HOST VIETNAM WAR VETERANS

Sat 19th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott are inviting Vietnam veterans to apply to attend the 2018 Premier’s Reception at Government House, Sydney on the 11th August 2018. Each year, the NSW Premier hosts a... more details

ORGANIC COLLECTION GRANTS FOR THE HUNTER

Sat 19th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced applications are now open for grants worth up to $1.3 million to councils in the Hunter to introduce and enhance kerbside organic bin collection services. The funding is available through the sixth round of the Organics Colle... more details

ORGANIC COLLECTION GRANTS FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Sat 19th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced applications are now open for grants worth up to $1.3 million to Central Coast Council to introduce and enhance kerbside organic bin collection services. The funding is available through the sixth round of the Organics... more details

FOURTH ROUND OF NEWCASTLE COMMUNITY PORT CONTRIBUTION FUND OPENS

Thu 17th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the fourth round of the Newcastle Community Port Contribution (NPCC) fund will open tomorrow, Friday 18th May. The NPCC was established by the NSW Liberal National Government in 2014 to ensure ongoing community benefit in the... more details

CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER STARTUPS WELCOMED TO NSW PARLIAMENT

Wed 16th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC joined the Minister for Industry the Hon Niall Blair yesterday to welcome 25 startups from the Central Coast and Hunter who travelled to NSW Parliament on the Startup Xpress. The startups were accompanied by ABC TV and ... more details

NEW FLORA RESERVE FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Tue 15th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement by the Environment Minister The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP that a new 1873 hectare flora reserve will be established north-west of Gosford adjoining Yengo National Park, protecting significant Aboriginal cult... more details

HUNTER JOINT ORGANISATION ESTABLISHED

Tue 15th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed the establishment of the Hunter Joint Organisation which will strengthen collaboration between local councils and the NSW Government on regional initiatives. Mr MacDonald said the Hunter Joint Organisation has been formally pr... more details

CONSERVATION GRANTS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Tue 15th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced that applications are opening tomorrow, Wednesday 16th May, for $2 million in grants to support conservation by private landholders in NSW. Mr MacDonald said the Conservation Partner Grants, offered throug... more details

NEWCASTLE STARTUPS TO JOIN INNOVATION NETWORK

Sat 12th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced Newcastle has been selected as one of seven locations across the state to join a $2.1 million Local Innovation Network to support local entrepreneurs to grow and create new jobs in the region. “Newcastle has demonstrate... more details

FUNDING FOR LOCAL ROAD SAFETY ON CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Sat 12th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging local communities on the Central Coast and in the Hunter to apply to the Community Road Safety Grants Program, announced recently by the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey. Application... more details

HALF MILLION HOURS CLOCKED ON LIGHT RAIL

Fri 11th May 2018

Workers building Newcastle’s light rail have surpassed half a million work hours as construction continues to progress along the route with 1,500 metres of track laid so far, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. The construction milestone comes as the Sewer ma... more details

NSW GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS MAITLAND SCHOOLS

Fri 11th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has said the NSW Liberal National Government is delivering high quality school infrastructure the local Maitland community needs now and into the future. Upgrades to Bolwarra Public School and Rutherford Public School are currently in the de... more details

PRECAUTIONARY ADVICE RETAINED FOR WILLIAMTOWN MANAGEMENT AREA

Fri 11th May 2018

The Australian Government’s Expert Health Panel for PFAS released their Health Report on the potential health impacts associated with PFAS exposure on Monday 7th May 2018. While the Panel concluded that there is no current evidence to suggest an increase in overall health risk related to PFAS... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER RV DISPOSAL POINTS

Tue 08th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $500,000 in funding from the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund to the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) for a major upgrade of a planned 80 public dump points across NSW. Dump points are vital infr... more details

FUNDING FOR PRESCHOOLS IN THE HUNTER

Sun 06th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today three preschool services in the Hunter have received funding to help increase the number of Aboriginal children and disadvantaged children participating in quality early childhood education in the year before school. The funding i... more details

HAVE A SAY ON PROPOSED SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ON BRISBANE WATER DRIVE AT POINT CLARE

Fri 04th May 2018

Roads and Maritime Services is inviting the community to have a say on proposed safety improvement work on Brisbane Water Drive at the intersections of Sunshine Drive and Sunnyside Avenue at Point Clare. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government has pr... more details

ALP RECKLESS TREATMENT OF WYONG BUSINESS

Fri 04th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has confirmed 48 hours after revealing a reckless, job destroying feature of Labor’s Wyong Special Area (Protection) Bill 2018, Labor have not tabled an amendment to change the area or consent requirements within their Bill that ... more details

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR A-LEAGUE GRAND FINAL

Wed 02nd May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced extra bus, train and ferry services to help get 30,000 people to McDonald Jones Stadium for Saturday’s A-League Grand Final. “The A-League Grand Final is a major event for Newcastle. The NSW Government is providing ... more details

LABOR JEOPARDISING CENTRAL COAST JOBS

Wed 02nd May 2018

Minister for Resources, the Hon Don Harwin today outlined how a Labor sponsored Bill threatens the future security of the Boral tile factory in Wyee. Responding to a question from Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC, Minister Harwin also spoke on the role of Central Coa... more details

REFINED DESIGN FOR FIFTH STAGE OF NEWCASTLE INNER CITY BYPASS

Tue 01st May 2018

Roads and Maritime Services has refined the Newcastle Inner City Bypass design for the fifth stage, Rankin Park to Jesmond, taking into consideration submissions received by the community and other government agencies during the exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Parliamentary ... more details

UPGRADES TO MAITLAND’S VICTORIA STREET STATION

Tue 01st May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC recently joined the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure the Hon Andrew Constance to announce the completion of upgrades to Victoria Street Station in Maitland as part of the Transport Access Program. The upgrades included three new lif... more details

FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON INTERSECTION UPGRADE AT LOCHINVAR

Mon 30th Apr 2018

The Maitland community is invited to provide feedback on the proposal to upgrade the intersection of New England Highway and Wyndella Road at Lochinvar. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government provided $1.5 million this financial year through the Housing Ac... more details

SAFEWORK AT TOCAL FIELD DAYS

Sun 29th Apr 2018

Hunter farmers could be up to $2,500 better off if they visit SafeWork NSW’s stand at the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Tocal Field Days from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th May, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. All eligible farmers and farm wo... more details

NEW POLICE OFFICER FOR NEWCASTLE

Sat 28th Apr 2018

Newcastle City Police Area Command will welcome a new probationary constable following Friday’s attestation parade of Class 333. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC congratulated the new recruit on graduating from the Goulburn Police Academy and thanked them for their ex... more details

PREMIER ASSISTS PORT STEPHENS SPORTSGROUNDS

Fri 27th Apr 2018

The NSW Premier, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP has provided $4,400 in funding to Port Stephens Council to co-fund the purchase of four defibrillators for sportsgrounds across the Port Stephens LGA. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC, representing the Premier at the announceme... more details

MAITLAND COMMUNITY RECYCLING CENTRE OPENS

Fri 27th Apr 2018

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

FUNDING TO STRENGTHEN CESSNOCK COMMUNITY

Fri 27th Apr 2018

Cessnock residents are set to take part in an innovative program aimed at strengthening social housing communities through targeted projects tailored to their needs. The program is a community-led initiative to facilitate projects which create a more connected environment with improved opportunitie... more details

NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ON TURTON ROAD AT WARATAH

Thu 26th Apr 2018

The community in Waratah will benefit from pedestrian safety improvement work starting this Sunday on Turton Road. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government is providing $150,000 to help people safely cross Turton Road by installing a traffic light controlled... more details

NOMINATE FOR WILLIAMTOWN COMMUNITY GROUP

Tue 24th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging the Williamtown community to nominate for recently vacated positions on the Williamtown Community Reference Group (CRG). “The CRG’s purpose is to support communities by providing a communication platform to engage ... more details

WYONG ROAD UPGRADES COMPLETED

Tue 24th Apr 2018

Central Coast motorists will now experience a safe and smoother journey along Wyong Road with work on major intersection upgrades now complete. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government invested $147 million in these projects which are providing motori... more details

NEW SURGICAL EQUIPMENT FOR JOHN HUNTER HOSPITAL

Mon 23rd Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today opened the state of the art surgical imaging O-Arm machine at John Hunter Hospital. An O-Arm machine is a surgical imaging system that enables surgeons to view high quality images of the patient’s spine in real time, during the a... more details

CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AT PACIFIC HIGHWAY INTERSECTION, TUGGERAH

Mon 23rd Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is advising motorists of changed traffic conditions from this Sunday night at the Pacific Highway and Wyong Road intersection at Tuggerah. This intersection upgrade was completed in November 2017 as part of the $84 million Wyong Road ... more details

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

Sun 22nd Apr 2018

Sustainability leaders in the Central Coast and Hunter region are encouraged to nominate for the 19th Green Globe Awards, celebrating leadership, commitment and innovation in sustainability across NSW, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. Mr Ma... more details

SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER SCHOOLS

Sat 21st Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today encouraged schools on the Central Coast and in the Hunter to apply for grants from the NSW Environmental Trust’s Eco Schools Grant Program when it opens for applications on Monday 30th April. The Eco School ... more details

GETTING YOUR PINK SLIP MADE EVEN EASIER

Fri 20th Apr 2018

Getting a pink slip in the Central Coast and the Hunter will soon be easier than ever before following the NSW Government’s announcement yesterday to trial mobile safety inspections for cars, motorcycles, boat trailers or caravans. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter ... more details

PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS AT KANWAL INTERSECTION

Fri 20th Apr 2018

Improvement work will begin on Sunday to provide safer pedestrian access at the Wallarah Road and Walker Avenue intersection at Kanwal. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government is providing $375,000 to install an extra traffic-light controlled pedestr... more details

AITCHISON MUST APOLOGISE TO NSW POLICE

Thu 19th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has condemned comments by the Labor Member for Maitland that police in Maitland are being forced to choose which lives to save. Ms Aitchison has said "Maitland's dire lack of police has forced officers to choose between which lives to save."... more details

NEW FRONTLINE TEACHERS FOR CENTRAL COAST TAFE

Thu 19th Apr 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has today announced the establishment of a TAFE Teacher Recruitment Taskforce, which will deliver 5 new teachers at the Wyong Campus and 2 new teachers at the Ourimbah Campus. Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall said the new teachers would strengthen ... more details

NEW FRONTLINE TEACHERS FOR HUNTER TAFE

Thu 19th Apr 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has today announced the establishment of a TAFE Teacher Recruitment Taskforce, which will deliver 16 new teachers across five campuses in the Hunter; Kurri Kurri Campus  2 Maitland Campus     2 Newcastle Campus 6 Belmont Campus &n... more details

FUNDING TO SUPPORT DRUG ADDICTED YOUTH

Thu 19th Apr 2018

Young people aged 10 to 19 with drug and alcohol problems will get earlier access to treatment with $440,468 in funding to boost support services in Newcastle. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced a contract has been awarded to Non-Government Organisation (NGO) ... more details

FUNDING FOR KURRI KURRI LIBRARY

Thu 19th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Cessnock City Council Mayor Bob Pynsent to announce $127,859 in funding to Cessnock City Council from the NSW Governments Public Library Infrastructure Grants Program. The funding will assist the modern overhaul of the Kurri Kur... more details

MAITLAND‘S RIVERLINK

Thu 19th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC this evening officially opened ‘The Riverlink’ on High Street, Maitland. The second component of The Levee Development began in 2016 and was funded with $9.92 million from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Resources for... more details

GRANTS FOR CENTRAL COAST COMMUNITY GROUPS

Wed 18th Apr 2018

Community organisations on the Central Coast can soon apply for the next round of funding for local projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP announced today. Mr Ma... more details

GRANTS FOR HUNTER COMMUNITY GROUPS

Wed 18th Apr 2018

Community organisations in the Hunter can soon apply for the next round of funding for local projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. Mr MacDonald said Infrastructure Grants support new or upg... more details

VISIT TO NSW DRUG COURT

Tue 17th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today toured the NSW Drug Court during a sitting at Parramatta Local Court. Invited by His Honour Judge Roger Dive, Senior Judge of the NSW Drug Court, Mr MacDonald observed proceedings of the Drug Court and witnessed the graduation o... more details

WORKSHOP TO IMPROVE SAFETY IN HORSE INDUSTRIES

Tue 17th Apr 2018

The NSW Government will host a free workshop in Mangrove Mountain aimed at reducing horse-related injuries and fatalities among novice and beginner riders Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said today. The training will be held Thursday 19th April at Mangrove Mountain ... more details

REMINDER TO APPLY FOR ANZAC MEMORIAL GRANTS

Tue 17th Apr 2018

In the lead up to ANZAC Day, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging local veterans groups and community organisations on the Central Coast and Hunter to apply to apply for the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF). The CWMF p... more details

NSW Government Congratulates Central Coast and Hunter Commonwealth Games Medalists

Mon 16th Apr 2018

Upper House Liberal MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated and commended Central Coast and Hunter athletes that won medals at Commonwealth Games. “The Central Coast and the Hunter Regions are renowned for their tenacious and g... more details

NSW PARLIAMENT COMMEND COMSTEEL FOR 100 YEARS

Sun 15th Apr 2018

Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC has been successful in having a Notice of Motion unanimously passed by the State’s Upper House honouring Comsteel on its 100th year of operations. Upper House MPs voted to acknowledge the “outstanding ... more details

LOOKING FOR GREEN LEADERS IN THE HUNTER

Sat 14th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging potential leaders in the Hunter region with a passion and commitment for sustainability to join a Sustainability Leadership Development Program being funded by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). Mr MacDonald said th... more details

LOOKING FOR GREEN LEADERS ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Sat 14th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging potential leaders in the Central Coast region with a passion and commitment for sustainability to join a Sustainability Leadership Development Program being funded by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). Mr Mac... more details

NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FOR PACIFIC HIGHWAY AT BELMONT

Sat 14th Apr 2018

Work to improve pedestrian safety on the Pacific Highway at Belmont will start this coming Wednesday. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government is providing $600,000 to help pedestrians safely cross the busy main road through Belmont by installing traffic lig... more details

ROCK FISHING SAFETY REFORMS

Fri 13th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement coastal councils now have the choice to opt-in to mandate the use of lifejackets while rock fishing. This follows the 12-month trial of the Rock Fishing Safety Act 20... more details

SWANSEA CHANNEL DREDGING

Fri 13th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has confirmed that dredging operations in the Swansea Channel will resume after a build-up of sediment in recent months. “Since 2015, the NSW Government has spent $1.1 million on the removal of 41,000 cubic metres of sediment during tw... more details

GOSFORD FINALIST FOR 2018 ROTARY EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNITY AWARDS

Thu 12th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Fire & Rescue NSW firefighter John McGarvey from Gosford has been named as one of 24 NSW finalists for the 2018 Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards. Mr MacDonald said it was a huge achievement and honou... more details

HUNTER FINALISTS FOR 2018 ROTARY EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNITY AWARDS

Thu 12th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that 4 finalists from across the Hunter have been named out of 24 NSW finalists for the 2018 Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards; Rev Richard Wrightson, Marine Rescue NSW, Lake Macquarie Mr Paul Vowels, NSW Ambulanc... more details

CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL AT NSW PARLIAMENT

Thu 12th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed Mayor Jane Smith and Acting CEO Brian Glendenning to NSW Parliament. “I invited the Mayor and Acting CEO to attend a presentation by Professor Mary O’Kane, new Chair of the Independent Planning Commission (f... more details

CENTRAL COAST SCHOOLS TO OPEN UP DURING HOLIDAYS

Wed 11th Apr 2018

Central Coast residents will now have access to more playgrounds, ovals and sports courts as part of the NSW Government’s Share Our Space Program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that following a successful trial over summer, 81 public schools ... more details

HUNTER SCHOOLS TO OPEN UP DURING HOLIDAYS

Wed 11th Apr 2018

Hunter residents will now have access to more playgrounds, ovals and sports courts as part of the NSW Government’s Share Our Space Program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that following a successful trial over summer, 81 public schools across NSW inc... more details

FUNDING FOR COASTAL DREDGING ON THE CENTRAL COAST AND THE HUNTER

Tue 10th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging Central Coast Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, Newcastle City Council and Port Stephens Council to apply for a share of $1.5 million in government funding for essential dredging projects. Mr MacDonal... more details

TRANSPORT SUBSIDIES FOR DROUGHT AFFECTED FARMERS

Mon 09th Apr 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair of the new Drought Transport Fund that will assist farmers in the Lower Hunter to manage livestock through the current dry conditions. The NSW Drought Transport... more details

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON CLOSED RAIL CORRIDOR

Mon 09th Apr 2018

TheNSW Liberal National  Government is excited to announce that an inner-city affordable housing development for 30 new dwellings will be delivered by Community Housing Provider (CHP) Evolve Housing on Newcastle‘s former rail corridor as forehadowed by the NSW Planning Minister the Hon. A... more details

GOSFORD REVITALISATION PLAN RELEASED

Mon 09th Apr 2018

Gosford City Centre will become a significant district which will greatly improve the city’s commercial, retail and cultural life following NSW Government recommendations. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the bold and exciting plan for Gosford is articulat... more details

NSW GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER $30 MILLION SKILLS BOOST FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN CENTRAL COAST AND THE HUNTER

Fri 06th Apr 2018

Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald today welcomed the announcement that local Central Coast and Hunter small businesses and their staff now have access to free business skills training thanks to a new $30 million NSW Government ini... more details

Return and Earn reverse vending machine to open at Rutherford

Fri 06th Apr 2018

Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Rutherford will have a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme, where people will be able to claim 10-cent refunds for eligible drink containers they return. The reverse vending machine will be located at 5 Mustang D... more details

ADVERTISING TRAILERS BANNED

Thu 05th Apr 2018

Upper House Liberal MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed laws that now ban advertising trailers in the State. Fines now apply to individuals and companies illegally using roadside advertising trailers. “These changes made in lat... more details

FUNDING FOR NEWCASTLE POTTERS STUDIO

Wed 04th Apr 2018

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Newcastle Studio Potters will receive $15,000 from the NSW Government’s Arts & Cultural Development Program. The funding will go towards the replacement of two aged and unre... more details

DEFIBRILLATORS FOR MAITLAND SPORT CLUBS

Wed 04th Apr 2018

Seven local sports clubs in Maitland have been awarded funding to put towards life-saving defibrillators. East Maitland Junior Rugby League Football Club, East Maitland Park Tennis Club, Lochinvar Rovers Football Club, Maitland Basketball Association, Maitland Croquet Club, Maitland Dog Obedience C... more details

Two major M1 upgrades underway

Wed 04th Apr 2018

Congestion relief is on the way for motorists using one of Australia’s busiest roads as work kicks off on two major upgrades on the M1 Pacific Motorway at Beresfield and between the Kariong and Somersby interchanges.                      &... more details

LAUNCH OF JOHN HUNTER HOSPITAL MATERNITY ASSESSMENT DAY UNIT (MADU) AND ACUTE GENERAL SURGICAL UNIT

Wed 04th Apr 2018

John Hunter Hospital will now be equipped with a redeveloped Maternity Assessment Day Unit (MADU) and Acute General Surgical Unit (AGSU). Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald said he was delighted to launch these new state-of-the-art facilities. Mr MacDonald said “the ... more details

DEFIBRILLATORS FOR NEWCASTLE SPORTS CLUBS

Tue 03rd Apr 2018

Seven local sports clubs in Newcastle have been awarded funding to put towards life-saving defibrillators. Adamstown Rosebud Football Club, Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club, Newcastle & District Softball Association, Newcastle National Park Croquet Club, Newcastle Petanque Club, Stockton Sharks... more details

HUNTER PRESCHOOLS THRIVING UNDER NSW GOVERNMENT

Tue 03rd Apr 2018

Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell joined Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC on a visit to some of the Hunter’s finest early childhood education services today. Minister Mitchell said she is always impressed by the quality of services in the Hunter an... more details

ACTIVITIES ON OFFER FOR HUNTER RESIDENTS DURING NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL

Sat 31st Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging Hunter seniors to mark their calendars and take part in celebrations occurring as part of the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival. A number of local events and special deals will be on offer to Hunter seniors during the festival, which ... more details

ACTIVITIES ON OFFER FOR CENTRAL COAST RESIDENTS DURING NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL

Sat 31st Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLCis encouraging Central Coast seniors to mark their calendars and take part in celebrations occurring as part of the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival. A number of local events and special deals will be on offer to Central Coast seniors during ... more details

GRANT FOR MAITLAND “JOURNEYS” HISTORY

Tue 27th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Maitland City Council Mayor Loretta Baker to announce a $5,000 grant to the Maitland Regional Museum group from the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP).  The grant will support the exhibition of Journ... more details

REGIONAL COMMUNITY MEDAL AWARDED TO NEWCASTLE ADVOCATE

Thu 22nd Mar 2018

A Newcastle chef who has dedicated her working life to promoting Indian culture and cuisine has received top honours at the 2018 Premier’s Harmony Dinner last night. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian presented the Regional Communities Medal to Promila Gupta as part of the 2018 Premier’s Mu... more details

FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN MAITLAND

Thu 22nd Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced Maitland City Council will receive $1.5 million for two projects as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund. $559,077 has been allocated to improvements at Bakers Bri... more details

UPGRADE FOR CENTRAL COAST STADIUM AMENITIES

Mon 19th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced Central Coast Council has received $700,000 in funding to upgrade the amenities in Central Coast Stadium as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund. “The... more details

PROPOSED WORKS FOR BROADMEADOW INTERSECTION

Mon 19th Mar 2018

The community is invited to provide feedback on a proposal to upgrade the intersection of Griffiths and Broadmeadow roads at Broadmeadow. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government has committed $1.5 million to improve safety and traffic flow for motorists who... more details

GREEN SLIP REFUNDS ROLLED OUT IN CENTRAL COAST

Mon 19th Mar 2018

61,884 motor vehicle owners across the Central Coast will be able to access their CTP Green Slip refund from today. The NSW Liberal National Government last year overhauled the old CTP Green Slip Scheme to create a more affordable, lower cost scheme. In addition to lower premiums in 2018, the Gover... more details

GREEN SLIP REFUNDS ROLLED OUT IN HUNTER

Mon 19th Mar 2018

347,621 motor vehicle owners across the Hunter will be able to access their CTP Green Slip refund from today. The NSW Liberal National Government last year overhauled the old CTP Green Slip Scheme to create a more affordable, lower cost scheme. In addition to lower premiums in 2018, the Government ... more details

SCHOLARSHIP FOR WYONG ARTIST

Sun 18th Mar 2018

One of the brightest artistic talents from the Central Coast is to receive a significant boost to their career with a grant announced today by Minister for the Arts Don Harwin and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC. Alexandra Travers, from Woongarrah in Wyong will rece... more details

WEBSITE SHOWS CENTRAL COAST SHARE OF REGIONAL INVESTMENT

Sun 18th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the NSW Liberal National Government’s investment in regional infrastructure projects has tipped over to $16 billion this financial year. Mr MacDonald said a new website called ‘Our Regions’ will give ... more details

WEBSITE SHOWS HUNTER SHARE OF REGIONAL INVESTMENT

Sun 18th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the NSW Liberal National Government’s investment in regional infrastructure projects has tipped over to $16 billion this financial year. Mr MacDonald said a new website called ‘Our Regions’ will give communities... more details

RETURN AND EARN VENDING MACHINE FOR WEST GOSFORD

Sat 17th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has announced a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme will be installed and come online today at West Gosford Coles, West Gosford Shopping Centre on Brisbane Water Drive, the first reverse vending mac... more details

PORT STEPHENS SCHOOL VISIT

Fri 16th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today visited Hunter River High School and Irrawang High Schools in Raymond Terrace to inspect current and planned maintenance projects at both schools. Mr MacDonald said he was keen to see the projects underway for himself to appreciate the... more details

RETURN AND EARN VENDING MACHINE FOR BELMONT NORTH

Thu 15th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme is installed and online at Coles Jewellstown Plaza, Ntaba Rd at Belmont North. “Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative to be i... more details

UPGRADE TO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY FOR BRISBANE WATER DRIVE

Thu 15th Mar 2018

Motorists are advised work will be starting to improve pedestrian safety from this Sunday on Brisbane Water Drive, near Talinga Avenue at Point Clare. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government has provided $2 million to improve safety on Brisbane Water... more details

RETURN AND EARN VENDING MACHINE FOR WYONG

Wed 14th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has announced a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme is installed and online at Coles Wadalba at Figtree Blvd & Orchid Way, the first reverse vending machine for Wyong. “People will be abl... more details

FUNDING FOR WEST WALLSEND HERITAGE BLUEPRINT

Tue 13th Mar 2018

A new project to involve West Wallsend residents in developing a heritage conservation plan for the area has received $100,000 from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Heritage Near Me Program, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. Lake Macquarie City Co... more details

UPGRADE FOR PROVIDENCE BAY PARK IN HAWKS NEST

Mon 12th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced MidCoast Council has received $155,000 in funding to upgrade Providence Bay Park in Tea Gardens as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund. “Stronger Country Co... more details

UPGRADE FOR BELMONT BATHS

Mon 12th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced Lake Macquarie City Council has received $432,422 in funding towards the upgrade of Belmont Baths in Belmont as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund. The project w... more details

IMPROVEMENTS FOR PACIFIC HIGHWAY AT HIGHFIELDS AND ADAMSTOWN HEIGHTS

Mon 12th Mar 2018

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to upgrade two key intersections on the Pacific Highway at Highfields and Adamstown Heights to improve traffic flow and safety. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government has provided $12 million to upgrade two key inter... more details

RESILIENCE AND COMMUNITY AWARDS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Sun 11th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is calling on local individuals, schools, communities and businesses on the Central Coast and in the Hunter to apply now for the 2018 Resilient Australia Awards and NSW Get Ready Community Awards. Mr MacDonald said thes... more details

NSW Government welcomes funding to develop Faster Rail

Fri 09th Mar 2018

Central Coast Liberals in State Parliament have welcomed confirmation that the New South Wales Government has been successful in obtaining funding from the Commonwealth to develop a business case under the $20 million Faster Rail initiative. The funding follows a competitive assessment process and ... more details

GOSFORD FLEXIBLE WORK HUB OPENS

Fri 09th Mar 2018

The NSW Government has opened a pilot flexible work hub in Gosford City Centre for Central Coast-based Government employees.  The work hub is a partnership between the Department of Planning and Environment and Property NSW in line with State Government priorities to provide for more jobs on t... more details

BUSINESS CASE FOR SYDNEY NEWCASTLE LINE

Fri 09th Mar 2018

 Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed confirmation that the New South Wales Government has been successful in obtaining funding from the Commonwealth to develop a business case under the $20 million Faster Rail initiative. The funding follows a competitive ass... more details

FUNDING FOR JARRETT STREET RESERVE IN GOSFORD

Thu 08th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement that Central Coast Council will receive $50,000 under the fourth and final round of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) for upgrades to Jarrett Street Reserve in Gosford North. The fundi... more details

FUNDING FOR ROCKY KNOB REVEGETATION

Mon 05th Mar 2018

Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council has received a $64,755 NSW Government grant to protect, conserve and restore local cultural landscapes and waterways, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. “The grant funds will go towards revegetation as a buffer to ... more details

DISABILTY FUNDING FOR CHARLESTOWN YOUTH

Mon 05th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced House with No Steps will receive $43,369 to deliver ‘House Force’. The ‘House Force’ project will develop a skilled volunteer workforce. Young people with disabilities will gain the required skills and... more details

LAKE MACQUARIE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS NOW ON A SAFER PATHWAY

Mon 05th Mar 2018

Domestic and family violence victims living in the Lake Macquarie Police District will now have a single contact point to access the support they need with the commencement of a new Safer Pathway site this month. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Lake Macquari... more details

SCHOLARSHIPS NOW OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER APPRENTICES

Sun 04th Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLCis encouraging local first-year apprentices in the Central Coast and Hunter who are experiencing financial or other personal hardship to apply for a $15,000 Bert Evans Scholarship. Mr MacDonald said applications for Bert... more details

CENTRAL COAST TO REAP SHARE OF SNOWY TRANSACTION

Fri 02nd Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC, Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP and The Hon Taylor Martin MLC have said today’s announcement that regional communities will receive $4.154 billion for infrastructure as part of the Snowy transaction was a huge win for the Cen... more details

HUNTER TO REAP SHARE OF SNOWY TRANSACTION

Fri 02nd Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today’s announcement that regional communities will receive $4.154 billion for infrastructure as part of the Snowy Hydro transaction was a huge win for the Hunter. Earlier today Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier, John Bar... more details

FUNDING FOR CENTRAL COAST COMMUNITY AND SPORT

Thu 01st Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro that an additional $200 million will be available for Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund for projects across NSW. The new ... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER COMMUNITIES AND SPORT

Thu 01st Mar 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro that an additional $200 million will be available for Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund for projects across NSW. The new funding... more details

RETURN AND EARN VENDING MACHINE FOR MAITLAND

Wed 28th Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme is today being installed in Maitland, where people will be able to claim 10-cent refunds for eligible drink containers they return. The reverse vending ... more details

HERITAGE GRANTS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Wed 28th Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today a new round of grants under the NSW Liberal National Government’s Heritage Near Me program will see $2.8 million directed towards projects to protect unique local heritage around the state, and heritage mana... more details

FUNDING FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER PRESCHOOLS

Wed 28th Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is urging all preschools in the Central Coast and the Hunter to apply for funding as part of a $15 million injection from the NSW Liberal National Government to ensure children attending preschools have the safest and mo... more details

FUNDING TO HELP REDUCE ORGANIC WASTE IN LAKE MACQUARIE

Mon 26th Feb 2018

Australian Native Landscapes Pty Ltd has received a $480,360 NSW Government grant to install new equipment to decontaminate and process oversize stockpiles of organic waste at its Cooranbong facility, which will help reduce the amount of organic waste that goes to landfill. Touring the facility on ... more details

EVENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Sat 24th Feb 2018

Organisers of new and second-year events held between July and December 2018 are being encouraged to apply for the NSW Government’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund, which supports events held in rural and regional NSW. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC ... more details

FUNDING FOR NEWCASTLE WRITERS FESTIVAL

Fri 23rd Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that the 2018 Newcastle Writers Festival will benefit from $70,000 in funding from the NSW Liberal National NSW Government through funding from Hunter Development Corporation and the 2018 Flagship Event Fund. Speaking at the ... more details

$70,000 GRANT FOR NELSON BAY DOMAIN PLAN

Wed 21st Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Port Stephens Council had received a grant of $70,000 towards a project to develop a new Nelson Bay Public Domain Plan. Mr MacDonald said the grant support was from the 2017/18 round of the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrast... more details

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