Scot MacDonald
Wyong Regional Chronicle Column
6th Sep 2018

Newspaper column by Mr MacDonald that appeared in the Wyong Regional Chronicle on the 5th September 2018.

Report from the Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC

Kangy Angy Rail Maintenance Facility

On 16th August I announced that after discussions between Transport for NSW and Central Coast Council the section of road connecting Orchard Road to the New Intercity Fleet rail maintenance facility site at Kangy Angy is proposed to be reclassifi ed enabling more vegetation to be retained. I acknowledge the concerns raised by community members and I thank Transport for NSW, John Holland and Central Coast Council for achieving a positive result for the community.

Library Funding

On the 24th August Premier Berejiklian and Minister Harwin announced a record investment of $60 million into NSW public libraries from which every public library on the Central Coast will benefi t, including the libraries at Gwandalan, Lake Haven, The Entrance, Toukley and Tuggerah. Under the new investment, the per capita subsidy for public libraries will increase from $1.85 per capita to $2.85 per capita – the fi rst time it has been increased in over twenty years.

Marine Park Proposal

On 16th August Premier Berejiklian announced a draft marine park proposal, which includes 25 sites between Newcastle and Wollongong. The proposal is currently on exhibition for community feedback. To lodge a submission visit https://www. marine.nsw.gov.au/key-initiatives/hawkesburyshelf-marine-assessment. There is also an information session in The Entrance on Saturday 8th September from 8am to 12pm at Memorial Park near the Visitor Information Centre. I would encourage community members to have their say. The NSW Government will consider all feedback in formulating the fi nal proposal. The aim is to protect the marine environment, improve water quality and ensure commercial and recreational fishing is accessible and sustainable.

Wyong Men’s Shed grant

Alison Homestead Men’s Shed in Wyong has been awarded $1,650 from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Community Road Safety Grants program to provide bicycle helmets with each recycled bicycle donated. Community Road Safety Grants aim to provide community groups with the opportunity to run local projects that will increase road safety awareness and support safer road use.