Scot MacDonald

Press Releases

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

FUNDING FOR REGIONAL CONFERENCES

Thu 15th Nov 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has opened a $500,000 Regional Business Event Development Fund to attract and create more business events in rural and regional areas. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said staging business events is a great way to s... more details

FUNDING FOR CENTRAL COAST ARTS

Wed 07th Nov 2018

The stage is set for Regional NSW to host a number of upcoming performances and productions thanks to over $674,000 in Regional Arts Touring funding from the NSW Liberal National Government, announced by Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDona... more details

STRATEGY TO DRIVE MORE FOOD AND WINE VISITORS TO THE CENTRAL COAST

Sat 03rd Nov 2018

More food and wine lovers across the globe are set to put the Central Coast on their travel itinerary with the NSW Liberal National Government launching its first NSW Food & Wine Tourism Strategy & Action Plan 2018-2022. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said... more details

STRATEGY TO DRIVE MORE FOOD AND WINE VISITORS TO THE HUNTER

Sat 03rd Nov 2018

More food and wine lovers across the globe are set to put the Hunter on their travel itinerary with the NSW Liberal National Government launching its first NSW Food & Wine Tourism Strategy & Action Plan 2018-2022. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said it was fantas... more details

DROUGHT SUPPORT FOR PRESCHOOLS IN HUNTER

Fri 02nd Nov 2018

Three preschool services in the Hunter have received funding from the NSW Liberal National Government as part of a $3 million package to provide financial support for community preschools in NSW operating in drought affected regions. The services receiving funding are; Greta Community Pre-School... more details

INCREASED SENTENCES FOR STARTING BUSHFIRES

Thu 01st Nov 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has today welcomed the NSW Liberal National Government’s proposal to introduce tougher sentences for arsonists as the state continues to be gripped by drought. Mr MacDonald said under the new law, anyone caught deliberately starting a ... more details

KISS TO PERFORM AT 2019 NEWCASTLE 500

Wed 31st Oct 2018

Rock legends KISS will perform at the 2019 Coates Hire Newcastle 500, in the first of two NSW concerts next year. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the international superstars would provide even more incentive for visitors to travel to Newcastle for the event. “... more details

SHARK OBSERVATION GRANTS OPEN FOR HUNTER

Tue 30th Oct 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has today announced that up to $200,000 is available for local beach authorities to improve shark surveillance at NSW beaches under the Shark Observation Grants Program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said our beaches are integral to co... more details

SHARK OBSERVATION GRANTS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST

Tue 30th Oct 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has today announced that up to $200,000 is available for local beach authorities to improve shark surveillance at NSW beaches under the Shark Observation Grants Program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said beaches are integral to... more details

FUNDING FOR ESTUARY PROTECTION IN LAKE MACQUARIE

Fri 26th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced Lake Macquarie City Council has received $450,000 in funding from the NSW Liberal National Government for the restoration, regeneration and revegetation of riparian habitat in Lake Macquarie. Mr MacDonald said the stability of ... more details

KOALA LAND SOUGHT IN THE HUNTER

Wed 24th Oct 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government is allocating $20 million to preserving koala populations in the Hunter through a private land purchase program designed to secure more protected habitat. “Essentially, if you own good quality, occupied koala habitat that meets the criteria, the NSW Govern... more details

STUDENTS TO TOUR WORLD WAR TWO BATTLEGROUNDS

Wed 24th Oct 2018

A student from each of Merewether High School in Newcastle and St Brigid’s Catholic College in Lake Munmorah will take part in a once in a lifetime tour of key WWI and WWII battlegrounds as part of the 2019 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship. NSW Minister for Veterans Affairs David El... more details

FUNDING FOR CHROMEFEST FESTIVAL AT THE ENTRANCE

Wed 24th Oct 2018

More overnight visitors are expected to experience this year’s Chromefest at Memorial Park, The Entrance thanks to a $29,662 funding boost from the NSW Liberal National Government. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the three-day festival, running this comin... more details

RETURN AND EARN MACHINE FOR WYONG

Tue 23rd Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has announced that a Return and Earn reverse vending machine is installed at Westfield Tuggerah, 50 Wyong Road, Tuggerah. The machine is located in the parking area to the rear of Big W and is due to come online shortly. “More ... more details

BUSINESS BUS IN CESSNOCK AND MAITLAND

Tue 23rd Oct 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government\'s Business Bus is visiting small businesses in Maitland and Cessnock in the coming days to provide specialist advice to business owners looking to become more productive and profitable. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said in the last f... more details

FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN THE HUNTER

Mon 22nd Oct 2018

People receiving care at mental health inpatient units in the Hunter will soon see physical improvements, as statewide upgrades and refurbishments get underway. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said mental health units in the Hunter region will benefit from more than $1.6 m... more details

DROUGHT GRANTS FOR CESSNOCK AND MAITLAND ROADS

Mon 22nd Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging Cessnock City Council and Maitland City Council to apply for a share of $15 million the NSW Liberal National Government is investing to support the increased movement of drought relief. Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight... more details

SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY PORT FUND PROJECTS ANNOUNCED

Fri 19th Oct 2018

Projects that light up Newcastle’s stunning harbour make up some of the successful applications in Round 4 of the 2018 Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced that five new community infrastructure projects would benefit ... more details

ACTIVE TRANSPORT SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR HUNTER

Thu 18th Oct 2018

Submissions for new walking and cycling proposals are now being accepted by Roads and Maritime Services until 14 December 2018, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. The submissions will help determine the 2019/20 Active Transport Program. “I will be speaking ... more details

ACTIVE TRANSPORT SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST

Thu 18th Oct 2018

Submissions for new walking and cycling proposals are now being accepted by Roads and Maritime Services until 14 December 2018, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP said today. The submissions will help determine the 2019/20 Active ... more details

RESTORATION AND REHABILATION GRANTS OPEN FOR HUNTER

Thu 18th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today that applications for grants under the NSW Liberal National Government’s Environment Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Program are open for community and government organisations to create more sustainable man... more details

RESTORATION AND REHABILATION GRANTS OPEN FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Thu 18th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced today that applications for grants under the NSW Liberal National Government’s Environment Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Program are open for community and government organisations to create more sustaina... more details

COASTAL AND ESTUARY GRANTS OPEN FOR THE HUNTER

Wed 17th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging councils in the Hunter who manage coastal and estuary environments to apply for funding under the NSW Liberal National Government\'s Coastal and Estuary Grants Program. Mr MacDonald said the unique coastal and estuary environm... more details

NEWCASTLE ARTIFICIAL REEF OUT TO TENDER

Tue 16th Oct 2018

The deployment of the Newcastle offshore artificial reef has reached a significant milestone, with the Request for Tender for the design and construction of the reef released online. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said an artificial reef is set to be installed at a sandy loca... more details

SOD TURNED FOR NEW RUTHERFORD AMBULANCE STATION

Mon 15th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined representatives from Health Infrastructure and NSW Ambulance for a sod turn of the new $3.8 million Rutherford Ambulance Station, marking the official start of construction. The new station at 63 Aberglassyn Road, Rutherford wil... more details

FUNDING FOR MAITLAND SPORTSGROUND EXPANSION

Mon 15th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced a $5.2 million NSW Liberal National Government grant for the expansion and upgrade of Maitland Regional Sportsground, from the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund. Mr MacDonald said the grant, in conjunction with $3.3 million... more details

PLANNING FOR ACCESSIBILITY UPGRADE AT WARATAH STATION

Sun 14th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed the start of planning work for an accessibility upgrade at Waratah Station as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Transport Access Program.  “The Transport Access Program is a NSW Government initiati... more details

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE PROJECT TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Sat 13th Oct 2018

International students studying at the University of Newcastle will benefit from a NSW Liberal National Government investment in a range of projects that will be backed by Study NSW. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government is allocating $356,000 across the ... more details

NEWCASTLE SAFETY CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION

Fri 12th Oct 2018

Workers in the Hunter will be able to learn how to make their workplaces safer when the first annual Newcastle Safety Conference and Exhibition takes place this coming Monday and Tuesday, October 15th and 16th at McDonald Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot Mac... more details

SUPERBOATS RETURN TO LAKE MACQUARIE

Thu 11th Oct 2018

The 2018 Offshore Superboat Championships return to Lake Macquarie’s waterways this weekend with the support of the NSW Liberal National Government. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said he is pleased the event is returning to Lake Macquarie once again. “The Of... more details

FUNDING FOR LAKE MACQUARIE FOOTBALL

Thu 11th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced a $2.25 million NSW Liberal National Government grant for Stage Two of the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility from the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund. Mr MacDonald said the grant, in conjunction with $750,000 in c... more details

LAST DAYS TO NOMINATE CENTRAL COAST MOBILE PHONE BLACK SPOTS

Tue 09th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP are encouraging last minute nominations to Round 4 of the Commonwealth Liberal National Government’ Mobile Black Spot Program, ahead of closing of submission this Thursday 11th Octob... more details

LAST DAYS TO NOMINATE HUNTER MOBILE PHONE BLACK SPOTS

Tue 09th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging last minute nominations to Round 4 of the Commonwealth Liberal National Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, ahead of closing of submissions this Thursday 11th October. Mr MacDonald thanked the Hunter community for a ... more details

CROWN LANDS FUNDING FOR WYONG

Tue 09th Oct 2018

Yarramalong School Community Centre and Central Coast Wetlands – Pioneer Diary will benefit from a share in $40,596 from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the funding would support... more details

PACIFIC HIGHWAY UPGRADE AT OURIMBAH COMPLETED

Tue 09th Oct 2018

Motorists on the Central Coast can enjoy improved traffic flow and safety with the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Lisarow and Ourimbah now complete. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Liberal National Government invested $70 million to upgrade the ... more details

WINE CONFERENCE FOR THE HUNTER IN 2019

Fri 05th Oct 2018

The Hunter Valley will benefit from a boost in overnight visitors next year when the region plays host to the twelfth Wine Bloggers Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley; the first time the event has been held outside of North America. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald ML... more details

GREATER ACCESS TO DROUGHT SUPPORT FOR HUNTER FARMERS

Thu 04th Oct 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government has today announced it is making it easier for farmers and their families to access the Drought Transport Subsidies and the Drought Assistance Fund by relaxing the gross off-farm asset test. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the curre... more details

FUNDING FOR SOLAR HOT WATER TO ZARA’S HOUSE

Mon 01st Oct 2018

$5,000 has been provided to the Zara’s House Refugee Women and Children’s Centre in Jesmond from the NSW Liberal National Government to contribute towards the purchase and installation of a new solar hot water system. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC visited Zar... more details

FUNDING TO COMBAT ILLEGAL DUMPING ON ABORIGINAL LAND

Sun 30th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said stopping illegal dumping on Aboriginal land is being put in the spotlight with $1 million in grants now available through the Aboriginal Land Clean-Up and Prevention Program from the NSW Liberal National Government. “Thesegrants a... more details

RETURN AND EARN MACHINE FOR WALLSEND

Sun 30th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has announced that a Return and Earn reverse vending machine is installed at Coles Waratah Shopping Village, 91 Turton Rd, Waratah. “More than 739 million containers have already been returned across NSW, and now Wallsend reside... more details

NEWCASTLE MINE GROUTING FUND EXTENDED

Sat 29th Sep 2018

The Newcastle Mines Grouting Fund program will continue to play an integral role in underpinning city revitalisation, with the NSW Liberal National Government today announcing the conversion of the pilot to a four-year program. The $17 million fund was established in late 2015 as a pilot program to... more details

FUNDING FOR CHARLESTOWN ART PROJECT

Sat 29th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Lake Macquarie City Councillor Jason Pauling to inspect the site for the Charlestown CREATE: Art Activation Project at Pearson Street in Charlestown. This was enabled through a $136,400 grant from the NSW Liberal National Govern... more details

GRANTS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST COMMUNITY GROUPS

Fri 28th Sep 2018

Community organisations on the Central Coast looking to build new or upgrade current facilities are encouraged to apply for funding from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said applications coul... more details

GRANTS OPEN FOR HUNTER COMMUNITY GROUPS

Fri 28th Sep 2018

Community organisations in the Hunter looking to build new or upgrade current facilities are encouraged to apply for funding from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said applications could be submitted... more details

CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER SCHOOLS OPEN FOR HOLIDAYS

Fri 28th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said local schools across the Central Coast and the Hunter will make their playgrounds, ovals and sports courts available to the public these school holidays. 39 schools across the Central Coast and Hunter will open the... more details

GRANTS TO COMBAT ILLEGAL DUMPING ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Thu 27th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP have announced that $500,000 is available state-wide to combat illegal dumping through the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Combating Illegal Dumping Clean up and Prevention Program. &l... more details

GRANTS TO COMBAT ILLEGAL DUMPING IN THE HUNTER

Thu 27th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today that $500,000 is available state-wide to combat illegal dumping through the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Combating Illegal Dumping Clean up and Prevention Program. “The program is available to councils, pu... more details

CLEANING UP LABOR’S GAS MESS ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Wed 26th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for Resources the Hon. Don Harwin of the buy-back and cancellation of Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) 461, bringing an end to gas exploration on the Central Coa... more details

NOMINATE A MOBILE PHONE BLACK SPOT

Tue 25th Sep 2018

The Commonwealth Liberal National Government has re-opened the Mobile Black Spot Program’s Database of Reported Black Spot Locations for new nominations from state and local governments, and Federal Members of Parliament. Residents across the Central Coast and the Hunter are strongly encourag... more details

GRANTS FOR FOOD RESCUE ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Mon 24th Sep 2018

Applications are open for grants of up to $200,000 to help food rescue organisations on the Central Coast collect more donated food, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP said today. “The grants are open to not-for-profit organ... more details

THREE PORTS SEPP ON EXHIBITION

Mon 24th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed proposed planning policy changes which aim to help streamline operations at the Port of Newcastle. Mr MacDonald said proposed amendments to the Three Ports State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), announced by Planning Mini... more details

GRANTS FOR FOOD RESCUE IN THE HUNTER

Mon 24th Sep 2018

Applications are open for grants of up to $200,000 to help food rescue organisations in the Hunter collect more donated food, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. “The grants are open to not-for-profit organisations and local councils to provide food relief ag... more details

FUNDING FOR EVENTS ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Fri 21st Sep 2018

Event organisers on the Central Coast holding events between January and June 2019, are encouraged to apply for the NSW Liberal National Government’s Flagship Event Fund, which is now open.  Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Cro... more details

FUNDING FOR EVENTS IN THE HUNTER

Wed 19th Sep 2018

Event organisers in the Hunter holding events between January and June 2019 are encouraged to apply for the NSW Liberal National Government’s Flagship Event Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the 2019 Fund will be offered in two rounds per year and with just ... more details

DRONE PROGRAM FOR HUNTER BEACHES

Wed 19th Sep 2018

Beach safety in at Birubi and Redhead will reach new heights this summer, with the NSW Liberal National Government’s drone program expanded to more NSW beaches. NSW Surf Live Saving lifeguards will be assisted by drones at 15 beaches along the NSW coast including two in the Hunter, enabling p... more details

HUNTER COMMUNITY URGED TO ‘GET READY’ FOR BUSHFIRE SEASON

Tue 18th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said multiple Rural Fire Service brigades across the Hunter will open their doors to the community this weekend to help people be aware and prepare for bush fire risks this summer, as part of Get Ready Weekend. Mr MacDonald said it is partic... more details

CENTRAL COAST COMMUNITY URGED TO ‘GET READY’ FOR BUSHFIRE SEASON

Tue 18th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said multiple Rural Fire Service brigades across the Central Coast will open their doors to the community this weekend to help people be aware and prepare for bush fire risks this summer, as part of Get Ready Weekend. Mr MacDonald sai... more details

HUNTER STUDENT RECOGNISED AT NSW TRAINING AWARDS

Fri 14th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated Lucy Allen from Morpeth, who was named the School Based Apprentice/Trainee (SBAT) of the Year at the 2018 NSW Training Awards held Wednesday evening at Sydney Town Hall. Mr MacDonald said Lucy completed a nursing traineeshi... more details

CENTRAL COAST RECOGNISED AT NSW TRAINING AWARDS

Fri 14th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated three Central Coast based winners from the 2018 NSW Training Awards held Wednesday evening at Sydney Town Hall. TAFE NSW and the Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) were awarded the Industry Collaboration awa... more details

FUNDING TO IMPROVE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE IN MAITLAND

Thu 13th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed $296,500 from the NSW Liberal National Government’s 2017-19 Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS) which will be used by Maitland City Council to improve public transport infrastructure in the M... more details

FUNDING TO HAMILTON OLYMPIC FOOTBALL CLUB

Thu 13th Sep 2018

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres has today announced that football clubs from around NSW will once again benefit from the $4.1 million invested back into local football clubs from the 2015 Asian Cup Legacy Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said Hamilton Olympic Football Club w... more details

FUNDING FOR CROWN LAND PROJECTS IN NEWCASTLE

Thu 13th Sep 2018

Newcastle Velodrome and Lambton Mechanic’s Institute will be upgraded through grants from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government was pleased to support these community asset... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER STARTUPS

Thu 13th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced Hunter iF will share in $2.1 million funding to boost jobs, drive collaboration and help startups communities thrive across regional NSW. Mr MacDonald said Jobs for NSW would provide $300,000 in funding to HunteriF as part of... more details

SUPPORT FOR SIMULATION INDUSTRY IN THE HUNTER

Thu 13th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald has announced that the NSW Liberal National Government has signed on as a Foundation Supporter of Simulation Australasia Limited (SimAust). SimAust are due to move into new premises at The Business Centre in Newcastle today and Mr MacDonald welc... more details

CONTRACTOR APPOINTED FOR NEW MAITLAND HOSPITAL

Wed 12th Sep 2018

Maitland Hospital is one step closer to reality with Multiplex Constructions appointed to construct the $470 million new Maitland Hospital delivered by the NSW Liberal National Government. “With the contractor in place, we can now look forward to construction commencing early next year,&rdquo... more details

HERITAGE FUNDING FOR MORPETH COURTHOUSE

Wed 12th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Maitland City Council Mayor Loretta Baker to announce Maitland City Council has received an $80,000 Heritage Near Me Activation Grant from the NSW Liberal National Government. The grant will enable preparation of a heritage inte... more details

STRONGER COUNTRY COMMUNITIES FUNDING FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Tue 11th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $5 million in funding to Central Coast Council for six community projects through round two of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. Central Coast Council secured NSW Government... more details

STRONGER COUNTRY COMMUNITIES FUNDING FOR MAITLAND

Mon 10th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $1.8 million in funding to Maitland City Council for six community projects across Maitland through round two of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. Maitland City Council secured NSW... more details

NEW LAWS TO TACKLE OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS IN THE HUNTER

Mon 10th Sep 2018

New laws will make it easier for NSW Police to tackle organised crime during raids on outlaw motorcycle gang clubhouses, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. “NSW has the toughest organised crime laws in Australia and our Po... more details

STRONGER COUNTRY COMMUNITIES FUNDING FOR CESSNOCK

Mon 10th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $1.7 million in funding to Cessnock City Council for five community projects through round two of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. Cessnock City Council secured NSW Government fun... more details

FUNDING FOR ANZAC PROJECTS IN THE HUNTER

Fri 07th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott have called for applications in the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP). A total of $1 million has been invested into the revit... more details

FUNDING FOR ANZAC PROJECTS IN THE CENTRAL COAST

Fri 07th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott have called for applications in the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP). A total of $1 million has been invested into th... more details

COMMUNITY GRANTS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Thu 06th Sep 2018

Community organisations looking to build new or upgrade current facilities are encouraged to apply for funding from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said applications could be s... more details

FUNDING TO SOUTH CARDIFF FOOTBALL CLUB

Thu 06th Sep 2018

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres has today announced that football clubs from around NSW will once again benefit from the $4.1 million invested back into local football clubs from the 2015 Asian Cup Legacy Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said South Cardiff Football Club ... more details

MARINE PARK INFORMATION SESSIONS

Wed 05th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is reminding Central Coast residents of the upcoming public information sessions for the Marine Park proposal.  “I would encourage residents that have concerns or feedback on the proposal to attend a session and also comple... more details

SURF CLUB FUND OPENS FOR CENTRAL COAST

Wed 05th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced surf life saving clubs across the Central Coast can now apply for funding for infrastructure improvements as part of the $4 million statewide boost to surf club facilities funding from the NSW Liberal National Governmen... more details

SURF CLUB FUND OPENS FOR HUNTER

Wed 05th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced surf life saving clubs across the Hunter can now apply for funding for infrastructure improvements as part of the $4 million statewide boost to surf club facilities funding from the NSW Liberal National Government. Mr MacDona... more details

MULTICULTURAL GRANTS FOR CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Sat 01st Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging the Central Coast and the Hunter community to apply for the enhanced multicultural grants program. “The NSW Liberal National Government is investing more money into multicultural festivals and event... more details

HUNTER BUSINESSES TAKE UP SAFETY CHALLENGE

Sat 01st Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said three local businesses have taken up the challenge to find new ways to improve work health and safety after joining the 2018 SafeWork NSW Mentor Program. Cessnock businesses The Mine Shaft Restaurant and Function Centre, and Coalfields ... more details

RETURN AND EARN MACHINE FOR GOSFORD

Fri 31st Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has announced that a Return and Earn reverse vending machine is planned to come online today at the Gosford Greyhound Club, Showground Rd, Gosford. “More than 639 million containers have already been returned across NSW, and now... more details

BUSHFIRE SEASON STARTS FOR CENTRAL COAST

Fri 31st Aug 2018

Central Coast residents are being told to have a plan in place as the bushfire season officially begins, with more than a third of the state now entering the ‘Bushfire Danger Period’, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said. The Central Coast LGA will comme... more details

BUSHFIRE SEASON STARTS FOR HUNTER

Fri 31st Aug 2018

Hunter residents are being told to have a plan in place as the bushfire season officially begins, with more than a third of the state now entering the ‘Bushfire Danger Period’, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said. Lake Macquarie City Council, Newcastle City Co... more details

NEW AGREEMENT OFFERS SAFETY RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR HUNTER STUDENTS

Fri 31st Aug 2018

SafeWork NSW’s Centre for Work Health and Safety and the University of Newcastle have committed to working together to develop work health and safety research expertise in Australia. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the Centre and University recently signed a mem... more details

STEM SUPPORT FOR HUNTER WORKFORCE

Thu 30th Aug 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government is investing a further $400,000 over two years into a program that trains young people with the essential skills needed for the defence industry in regional NSW. Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the funding for the STEMship Program, would giv... more details

PORT STEPHENS AND HUNTER VALLEY TO HOST TRAVEL SPECIALISTS

Wed 29th Aug 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, will host Aussie Specialist agents in Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley next week as part of Tourism Australia’s biennial travel trade event, Corroboree Asia. The event aims to educate and train fr... more details

HERITAGE FUNDING FOR THE COMMERCIAL HOTEL BRANXTON

Mon 27th Aug 2018

The Commercial Hotel in Branxton is a successful recipient of a $97,740 Heritage Near Me Activation Grant from the NSW Liberal National Government, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The grant will enable the adaptive reuse, upgrade and repair of the Commerci... more details

CENTRAL COAST BUSINESSES TAKE UP SAFETY CHALLENGE

Sat 25th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has said five Central Coast businesses have taken up the challenge to find new ways to improve work health and safety after joining the 2018 SafeWork NSW Mentor Program. Somersby business Adam Lowe Earthmoving, West Gosford businesses... more details

FUNDING FOR COASTAL MANAGEMENT IN NEWCASTLE

Fri 24th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Newcastle City Council at Stockton Beach to announce Newcastle City Council has been awarded $147,500 from the NSW Liberal National Government to take the next steps in planning and managing their iconic coastline, including Stoc... more details

RECORD FUNDING FOR LIBRARIES IN THE HUNTER

Fri 24th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed today’s announcement by the Premier and Minister for the Arts that public libraries in NSW will be able to expand their collections, carry out major upgrade work and extend their services thanks to a record $60 million inve... more details

RECORD FUNDING FOR CENTRAL COAST LIBRARIES

Fri 24th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP have welcomed today’s announcement by the Premier and Minister for the Arts of a record $60 million investment in NSW public libraries from the NSW Liberal National Government. The funding ... more details

BRIEFING ON SALT ASH FIRE

Mon 20th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald this morning joined Port Stephens Council Mayor Ryan Palmer for a briefing with the Rural Fire Service on the Salt Ash, Oyster Cove and Tanilba Bay bushfire. Onsite at the Lower Hunter Fire Control Centre in East Maitland, Mr MacDonald said this... more details

YOUTH ADVISORY POSITIONS OPEN FOR CENTRAL COAST AND THE HUNTER

Mon 20th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging local youth to apply for a position on the 2019 NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The YAC is responsible for advising the NSW Liberal National Government on issues of importance to young people, as well a... more details

FAIR TRADING REFORMS FOR CENTRAL COAST CONSUMERS

Fri 17th Aug 2018

Central Coast consumers are set to save time and money, and have disputes with businesses resolved quicker thanks to new Fair Trading powers, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP said today. Mr MacDonald said the Fair Trading Legisl... more details

FAIR TRADING REFORMS FOR HUNTER CONSUMERS

Fri 17th Aug 2018

Hunter consumers are set to save time and money, and have disputes with businesses resolved quicker thanks to new Fair Trading powers, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. Mr MacDonald said the Fair Trading Legislation Amendment (Consumer Guarantee Directions) Bill ... more details

PETITION FOR WARNERS BAY ROAD SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Thu 16th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC this morning tabled a petition in the NSW Legislative Council on behalf of the Mount Hutton & Windale Resident’s Action Group. The petition of 722 signatures from residents of the Mount Hutton community called for the intersection ... more details

UPDATE ON VEGETATION AT KANGY ANGY SITE

Thu 16th Aug 2018

Transport for NSW has announced the section of road connecting Orchard Road to its New Intercity Fleet rail maintenance facility site at Kangy Angy is proposed to be re-classified to retain vegetation. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said he is pleased an outcome ha... more details

PUBLIC HOUSING REFORM FOR THE CENTRAL COAST AND THE HUNTER

Thu 16th Aug 2018

Tenants who damage public housing and those convicted of rental fraud will face new sanctions and eviction under a Bill passed today by the NSW Liberal National Government.   Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Minister for Social Housing Pr... more details

FUNDING FOR TOURISM PROJECTS IN THE HUNTER

Wed 15th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging applications from the Hunter as part of the $100 million second round of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund. Mr MacDonald said up to $50 million will be available f... more details

FUNDING FOR TOURISM PROJECTS ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Wed 15th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP are encouraging applications from the Central Coast as part of the $100 million second round of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund. M... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER VITICULTURE HERITAGE

Mon 13th Aug 2018

The heritage and history of Hunter Valley vineyards will benefit from a $100,000 grant from the NSW Liberal National Government to support the enhancement and protection of local heritage assets. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC yesterday joined the Chair of Hunter Valley W... more details

FREIGHT SUPPORT FOR HUNTER FARMERS

Mon 13th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed the NSW Liberal National Government’s new improved access for heavy vehicles carrying supplies and stock to drought-affected areas. The new NSW Class 3 Drought Assistance Dimension Exemption Notice, which will come into ... more details

YOUNG AUTOMOTIVE APPRENTICE IS SMART SKILLED… AND HIRED

Fri 10th Aug 2018

Alex Tesoriero wanted to turn his passion for mechanics into a trade after doing a pre-apprenticeship course in high school.   Thanks to the NSW Government’s $65 million Smart Skilled and Hired Youth Employment program the 19-year-old from the Central Coast is now on track to realise hi... more details

GRANTS FOR THE HUNTER TO HELP ABORIGINAL GROUPS TACKLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROJECTS

Thu 09th Aug 2018

Applications are now open for the Protecting Our Places grant program, which empowers Aboriginal community groups and organisations to protect, conserve and restore cultural landscapes and waterways, Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald announced today. ... more details

Hands-on Open Day at TAFE NSW

Thu 09th Aug 2018

As the HSC approaches, school leavers across the state are getting ready to take a break from the books and head to a hands-on Open Day at TAFE NSW this week to get a taste of vocational training and education options for next year.   Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the... more details

GRANTS TO HELP CENTRAL COAST ABORIGINAL GROUPS TACKLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROJECTS

Thu 09th Aug 2018

Applications are now open for the Protecting Our Places grant program, which empowers Aboriginal community groups and organisations to protect, conserve and restore cultural landscapes and waterways, Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald announced t... more details

TAFE NSW Central Coast and Hunter finalists dominate NSW Training Awards

Thu 09th Aug 2018

Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, has congratulated three of the Central Coast and Hunter Region’s brightest young stars after they have been announced as a NSW Training Awards.   “I am delighted that these stu... more details

NEW RENT PROGRAM ASSISTS THOSE IN NEED AVOID HOMELESSNESS IN NEWCASTLE AND LAKE MACQUARIE

Wed 08th Aug 2018

Tenants in the private rental market in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie struggling to pay their rent due to financial shock will be offered relief under a new rental subsidy to be trialled by the NSW Government.   Rent Choice Assist provides rental assistance for up to three years while tenants ... more details

NEW INITIATIVE BOOSTING TEEN EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS

Wed 08th Aug 2018

NEW INITIATIVE BOOSTING TEEN EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, is encouraging local businesses to register their interest in mentoring and building vocational skills in young people to help divert them away ... more details

Local children benefit from safety additions around schools

Mon 06th Aug 2018

NSW Liberal Upper House MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Scot MacDonald today announced that six schools in the Hunter have benefited from the completion of a $10 million program boosting school zone safety.   The project included upgrades to pedestrian in... more details

WORKSHOP FOR CENTRAL COAST TOURISM BUSINESSES

Sat 04th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging tourism businesses on the Central Coast to engage with an upcoming workshop and on demand webcasts to help them develop, promote and sell their products to visitors from across Australia and the world. The tourism devel... more details

FUNDING FOR CENTRAL COAST COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRES

Fri 03rd Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP have welcomed a NSW Liberal National Government plan to strengthen the Central Coast’s Community Legal Centres (CLC) so they can continue delivering free legal support to local people in nee... more details

FEE-FREE APPRENTICESHIPS ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Thu 02nd Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today visited Gosford TAFE to speak with staff and students to highlight the fee-free apprenticeships announced in the 2018 NSW Budget. The NSW Liberal National Government is investing an additional $285 million over six years to fund... more details

PLAYGROUND UPGRADES FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Thu 02nd Aug 2018

Playground facilities at two Central Coast childcare centres are now safer and more inviting thanks to upgrading projects under the NSW Liberal National Government’s Stronger Communities Fund, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald said today. Central Coast Council has r... more details

FEE-FREE APPRENTICESHIPS IN THE HUNTER

Wed 01st Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today visited Maitland TAFE to speak with staff and students to highlight the fee-free apprenticeships announced in the 2018 NSW Budget. The NSW Liberal National Government is investing an additional $285 million over six years to fund the q... more details

STRATEGIC REVIEW OF HUNTER VALLEY FLOOD MITIGATION SCHEME

Tue 31st Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced the awarding of a $500,000 contract to the UNSW Sydney’s Water Research Laboratory to review the impacts of climate change on the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme. “Water Research Laboratory (WRL) has been aw... more details

$500 MILLION EMERGENCY DROUGHT RELIEF PACKAGE

Mon 30th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed this morning’s announcement by the Premier, Deputy Premier and Minister for Primary Industries of a further $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package. Today’s announcement takes the total drought response by the ... more details

20 YEAR VISION FOR A THRIVING HUNTER REGION

Mon 30th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed the 20-year vision for a thriving regional NSW which sets out a framework for investment that will guide the allocation of resources from the new $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund. Joining the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian... more details

20 YEAR VISION FOR A THRIVING CENTRAL COAST

Mon 30th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP have today welcomed the 20-year vision for a thriving regional NSW which sets out a framework for investment that will guide the allocation of resources from the new $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legac... more details

WORKSHOPS FOR TOURISM BUSINESSES IN THE HUNTER

Sat 28th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging Hunter tourism businesses to engage with upcoming workshops and on demand webcasts to help them develop, promote and sell their products to visitors from across Australia and the world. A strategy workshop will be held Tuesday... more details

ASBESTOS REPORTING DEADLINE EXTENDED

Fri 27th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has confirmed that the NSW Liberal National Government has extended the registration period for free testing for loose fill asbestos in residential homes, to the 31st August 2018. The Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program opened to homeo... more details

LOAN WAIVED FOR NEWCASTLE BASKETBALL

Fri 27th Jul 2018

A loan of $310,000 to the Basketball Association of Newcastle from the Office of Sports has been waived by the NSW Liberal National Government, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today. The initial loan, of which $310,000 remained, was provided to assist with the de... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER DISASTER RESILIENCE

Fri 27th Jul 2018

Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils has been awarded $162,200 in funding under the Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP), Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. The funding is allocated for the ‘Everyone’s Talking About It…Let’s Get... more details

FUNDING FOR LONG JETTY HEALTHCARE FACILITY

Thu 26th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today joined representatives from the Central Coast Local Health District and Central Coast Councillor Jilly Pilon to announce a $25,000 grant from the NSW Liberal National Government for remediation works to the Palliative Care Buildi... more details

SECTION OF HUNTER STREET SET TO OPEN

Mon 23rd Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has today joined Revitalising Newcastle Program Director Michael Cassel to inspect the completed light rail track between Worth Place and Darby Street prior to the stretch opening to traffic tomorrow. The completed portion of Hunter Street r... more details

YOUTH CONSULTATIONS IN PORT STEPHENS

Mon 23rd Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today met with children and young people at Salt Ash Community Hall to discuss better options for youth in regional NSW. Today’s discussion is one of around 30 consultation sessions the NSW Liberal National Government, in collaboration... more details

NEW CLASSROOMS FOR HUNTER SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL

Mon 23rd Jul 2018

Students and teachers at Hunter Sports High School will benefit from new state-of-the-art facilities funded by the NSW Liberal National Government when they return to school tomorrow. The school’s new T-block will open to students tomorrow for the start of Term 3. It is the largest of three n... more details

TRANSPORT FEE SCRAPED FOR FOODBANK CHARITIES

Sat 21st Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement by the Deputy Premier John Barilaro that the transport fee for regional charities engaged with Foodbank NSW & ACT has been scrapped by the NSW Liberal National Government. This means th... more details

FUNDING FOR ABORIGINAL LANGAUGES IN HUNTER PRESCHOOLS

Sat 21st Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced three preschool services across Cessnock and Maitland have received grants to deliver the Ninganah No More program, which is designed to increase the level of Aboriginal languages being taught and embed awareness and understan... more details

DIGITAL PET/CT CAMERA FOR CALVARY MATER

Fri 20th Jul 2018

Cancer patients in the Hunter region will benefit with one of Australia’s first $4 million digital PET/CT* cameras in Hunter New England Imaging’s Nuclear Medicine Department. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC said that the new camera, located at the Calvary Mat... more details

DEFIBRILLATOR GRANTS OPEN FOR THE HUNTER

Thu 19th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging Hunter sporting clubs to apply for the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program, with the NSW Liberal National Government providing funding for life-saving technology to people experiencing cardiac emergencies. The program comm... more details

DEFIBRILLATOR GRANTS OPEN FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Thu 19th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging Central Coast sporting clubs to apply for the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program, with the NSW Liberal National Government providing funding for life-saving technology to people experiencing cardiac emergencies. The progr... more details

NEWCASTLE AIRPORT GOES INTERNATIONAL

Wed 18th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated Newcastle Airport on today’s announcement that international flights from Newcastle to Auckland will run from 22nd November 2018 to 17th February 2019. Mr MacDonald joined Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infras... more details

CONSERVATION FUNDING FOR HUNTER FARMERS

Mon 16th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton of $61.4 million in funding from the NSW Liberal National Government for farmers and landholders who want to protect environmentally valuable part... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER RACETRACKS

Sat 14th Jul 2018

Racing clubs in the Hunter can apply for a share of $400,000 for projects that build stronger links with local communities as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s new Back to the Track Regional Racing Grants. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the new gran... more details

FUNDING FOR YOUTH ORGANISATIONS

Sat 14th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging organisations on the Central Coast and in the Hunter supporting youth to apply for the second round of Community in Partnership Taking Action (COMPACT) grants on offer from the NSW Liberal National Governm... more details

FUNDING FOR CRIME PREVENTION IN THE HUNTER

Wed 11th Jul 2018

Local businesses and community groups in the Hunter are being encouraged to share their crime prevention ideas and apply for up to $250,000 in NSW Liberal National Government funding. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said more than $2.6 million is available as part of the ... more details

NAIDOC WEEK ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Mon 09th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging the Central Coast community to get involved with NAIDOC week. Running from the 8th to the 15th July NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples this year... more details

MORE CENTRAL COAST SCHOOLS TO OPEN UP DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Sat 07th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement by the Premier and Minister for Education of an expansion to the successful Share Our Space Program by the NSW Liberal National Government. Originally trialed over the summer holidays, the Premier and Min... more details

MORE HUNTER SCHOOLS TO OPEN UP DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Sat 07th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement by the Premier and Minister for Education of an expansion to the successful Share Our Space Program by the NSW Liberal National Government. Originally trialed over the summer holidays, the Premier and Minister f... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER WETLANDS BUSINESS CASE

Thu 05th Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has confirmed $25,000 in funding to the Hunter Wetlands Centre for a strategic business review of the Centre’s operations. “Hunter Wetlands Centre approached the NSW Government with concerns over their long-term viability and a m... more details

FACS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO HUNTER STUDENTS

Thu 05th Jul 2018

A $1000 cash boost will help hundreds of vulnerable young people pursue their educational goals, with the NSW Liberal National Government today announcing the successful recipients of the 2018 FACS Scholarship Program. The Scholarship program, which allows students to receive financial assistance f... more details

FACS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO CENTRAL COAST STUDENTS

Thu 05th Jul 2018

A $1000 cash boost will help hundreds of vulnerable young people pursue their educational goals, with the NSW Liberal National Government today announcing the successful recipients of the 2018 FACS Scholarship Program. The Scholarship program, which allows students to receive financial assistance f... more details

WYONG HOSPITAL AND CARPARK UPGRADE

Wed 04th Jul 2018

Patients, families and visitors will benefit from the construction of new car parking infrastructure at Wyong Hospital in addition to the $200 million Wyong Hospital redevelopment. In the 2018/19 NSW State Budget, the Wyong Hospital redevelopment was allocated $23.5 million and the new carpark $6.5... more details

UPGRADE FOR MARINE RESCUE LAKE MACQUARIE

Wed 04th Jul 2018

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie’s Swansea Heads Radio Base will benefit from new radio systems and back-up generators thanks to a $152,498 grant from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the proj... more details

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS OPEN FOR THE HUNTER

Wed 04th Jul 2018

Community organisations looking to build new or upgrade current facilities are encouraged to apply for funding from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said applications could be submitted for sport and... more details

FUNDING FOR ORGANIC WASTE IN THE HUNTER

Tue 03rd Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Liberal National Government has opened Round 6 of the Organics Infrastructure grants program, with grants of up to $3 million available to reuse and recycle food and garden waste.  Applications are now open to councils, was... more details

FUNDING FOR ORGANIC WASTE ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Tue 03rd Jul 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Liberal National Government has opened Round 6 of the Organics Infrastructure grants program, with grants of up to $3 million available to reuse and recycle food and garden waste.  Applications are now open to counci... more details

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS OPEN FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Tue 03rd Jul 2018

Community organisations looking to build new or upgrade current facilities are encouraged to apply for funding from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said applications could be submitted for sp... more details

REDHEAD FOOD COMPANY TO BE PROMOTED ON WORLD STAGE

Sun 01st Jul 2018

Oz Tukka from Redhead has been selected by the NSW Liberal National Government to attend the Southern Hemisphere's largest food industry trade event, Fine Food Australia in Melbourne in September, to promote NSW produce to the world. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said Oz... more details

WYONG FOOD COMPANY TO BE PROMOTOED ON WORLD STAGE

Sun 01st Jul 2018

Little Creek Cheese from Wyong has been selected by the NSW Liberal National Government to attend the Southern Hemisphere's largest food industry trade event, Fine Food Australia in Melbourne in September, to promote NSW produce to the world. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDo... more details

FUNDING FOR ARTS AND CULTURE IN THE HUNTER

Sat 30th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is urging arts and culture organisations in Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Cessnock and Maitland to get applications into a new $47 million round of funding as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Regional Cultural Fund (RCF). ... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER SPORT

Sat 30th Jun 2018

Local sporting groups in the Hunter are being encouraged to apply for the latest round of funding under the NSW Liberal National Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.  Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said $4.6 million was now available across the state for upg... more details

FUNDING FOR CENTRAL COAST SPORT

Sat 30th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP are encouraging local sporting groups on the Central Coast to apply for the latest round of funding under the NSW Liberal National Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.  Mr MacDonald... more details

ARTS AND CULTURE FUNDING FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Sat 30th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP are urging arts and culture organisations on the Central Coast to get applications into a new $47 million round of funding as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Regional Cultural ... more details

FUNDING TO SAVE THREATENED SPECIES

Fri 29th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has encouraged the community to apply for grants to help save threatened native wild life in the Central Coast and Hunter regions. The NSW Liberal National Government has made $9 million available to deliver more local ... more details

PARK FEES WAIVED FOR BLACKSMITHS TO BREAKWALL CHARITY WALK

Tue 26th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced that the NSW Liberal National Government has waived the access fee for the ‘Blacksmiths 2 Breakwall Coastal Walk’ on Sunday 9th September 2018. National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) would normally charge an a... more details

SERVICE STATEMENT FOR NEW MAITLAND HOSPITAL

Tue 26th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has confirmed the Service Statement for the new Maitland Hospital at Metford has been released. "The NSW Liberal National Government is delivering on its promise,” Mr MacDonald said.              &nbs... more details

REFORMS FOR CENTRAL COAST RETIREMENT VILLAGES

Tue 26th Jun 2018

Central Coast retirement village residents will be the big winners under a series of proposed NSW Liberal National Government reforms to the sector, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP said today. The reforms are based on the outco... more details

REFORMS FOR HUNTER RETIREMENT VILLAGES

Tue 26th Jun 2018

Hunter retirement village residents will be the big winners under a series of proposed NSW Liberal National Government reforms to the sector, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. The reforms are based on the outcomes of the recent state-wide Inquiry into the sector ... more details

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT RELEASED FOR NEW MAITLAND HOSPITAL

Fri 22nd Jun 2018

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the new Maitland Hospital is on exhibition from today and local residents are encouraged to give their feedback over the next month. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC was onsite today at the Metford construction site for the annou... more details

CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL SPORT PLAN

Thu 21st Jun 2018

Community members and sporting groups across the Central Coast are invited to have their say on key local strategies developed to improve the delivery and planning of grassroots local sport over the next five years. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the plans wil... more details

HUNTER REGIONAL SPORT PLAN

Thu 21st Jun 2018

Community members and sporting groups across the Hunter are invited to have their say on key local strategies developed to improve the delivery and planning of grassroots local sport over the next five years. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the plans will assist grass... more details

2018 NSW BUDGET DELIVERS FOR THE HUNTER

Tue 19th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has commended today’s Budget. The NSW Liberal National Government is predicting a surplus of $3.9 billion for 2017-18, with average surpluses of $1.6 billion over the four years to 2021-22. Net debt is negative (cash positive) for the ... more details

2018 NSW BUDGET DELIVERS FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Tue 19th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has commended today’s Budget. The NSW Liberal National Government is predicting a surplus of $3.9 billion for 2017-18, with average surpluses of $1.6 billion over the four years to 2021-22. Net debt is negative (cash positive) f... more details

CENTRAL COAST TO SHARE IN 100,000 FREE APPRENTICESHIPS

Mon 18th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has said there will be an unprecedented level of support for apprentices in the 2018 State Budget, with the NSW Liberal National Government to offer 100,000 free apprenticeships to ensure there is a strong pipeline of skilled workers a... more details

HUNTER TO SHARE IN 100,000 FREE APPRENTICESHIPS

Mon 18th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has said there will be an unprecedented level of support for apprentices in the 2018 State Budget with the NSW Liberal National Government to offer 100,000 free apprenticeships to ensure there is a strong pipeline of skilled workers across th... more details

PAYROLL TAX REFORM TO SUPPORT CENTRAL COAST BUSINESSES

Sat 16th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed today’s announcement by NSW Treasurer The Hon. Dominic Perrottet of payroll tax reform. The NSW Liberal National Government will as part of the 2018 State Budget lift the payroll tax threshold from the current level... more details

PAYROLL TAX REFORM TO SUPPORT HUNTER BUSINESSES

Sat 16th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed today’s announcement by NSW Treasurer The Hon. Dominic Perrottet of payroll tax reform. The NSW Liberal National Government will as part of the 2018 State Budget lift the payroll tax threshold from the current level of $75... more details

SERVICE NSW DIGITAL HUB FOR WOY WOY

Fri 15th Jun 2018

Woy Woy and Peninsula residents will soon have easier access to more NSW Government services with a new Digital Hub to be established in Woy Woy with support from the NSW Liberal National Government as part of the 2018 State budget. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC, ... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER AGRICULTURE RESEARCH

Thu 14th Jun 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government will invest over $5.6 million in agricultural research and development in the Hunter to bolster on-farm productivity and help protect the $15 billion sector from devastating pests and diseases. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC welcomed th... more details

FUNDING FOR CLEANUP OF STOCKTON LEGACY WASTE SITE

Thu 14th Jun 2018

Exposed rubbish will be removed from North Stockton Beach thanks to a NSW Liberal National Government $1 million emergency funding allocation to rehabilitate the heritage tip site. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the Crown land site adjacent to the beach had been rece... more details

SUPPORT FOR DROUGHT AFFECTED HUNTER FARMERS

Wed 13th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed today’s announcement by the Premier, Deputy Premier and Minister for Primary Industries of an additional $284 million in the NSW 2018 Budget to assist drought affected farmers, including those in the Hunter. This brings th... more details

$7MILLION FOR TOMAREE COASTAL WALK

Tue 12th Jun 2018

The 2018 State Budget has delivered a $7 million tourism boost for Port Stephens’ Tomaree Coastal Walk. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC, welcomed the funding that would be invested linking and expanding the iconic coastal walk to 23 km, providing whale watching and i... more details

FUNDING FOR NEWCASTLE BEACH RENEWAL PROJECT

Tue 12th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $5 million has been awarded to Newcastle City Council for the Newcastle Beach Community Infrastructure Renewal Project as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Resources for Regions program. The funding will go ... more details

FUNDING FOR HUNTER WETLANDS VISITOR CENTRE

Tue 12th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today visited the Hunter Wetlands Centre to announce a $146,820 Infrastructure Grant to the Hunter Wetlands Centre to allow for the redevelopment of the Visitor Centre. The grant from the NSW Liberal National Government will allow for the in... more details

HUNTER PROJECTS TO SUPPORT YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

Mon 11th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that two innovative local projects had progressed to the second stage of a $10 million NSW Liberal National Government funding program to help tackle youth unemployment. sequenc.ai of Newcastle and a Newcastle and Central Coa... more details

ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN HERITAGE BUILDINGS

Sun 10th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced applications are currently open for $1.5 million in grants to make the State’s heritage items more energy efficient. Mr MacDonald said the Heritage Green Energy Grants program by the Office of Envi... more details

FUNDING FOR YOUTH ORGANISATIONS

Sat 09th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is urging local youth organisations on the Central Coast and in the Hunter to apply for a share of $1.5 million Youth Opportunities grant funding.  One-off grants between $10,000 and $50,000 are available to not-fo... more details

RETURN AND EARN MACHINE FOR ABERGLASSYN

Fri 08th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme is planned to come online at Woolworths Aberglassyn from 7am this coming Sunday 10th June. Woolworths Aberglassyn is located within the complex o... more details

RETURN AND EARN MACHINE FOR BELMONT

Fri 08th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme is planned to come online at Belmont Golf Club from 7am this coming Sunday 10th June. Belmont Golf Club is located at 801A Pacific Highway, Marks... more details

RENT RELIEF FOR NEWCASTLE COMMERCIAL FISHERMENS CO-OPERATIVE

Thu 07th Jun 2018

The Commercial Fishermens Co-operative in Newcastle will benefit from a NSW Liberal National Government plan to extend their rent relief arrangements with a 50 per cent waiver available until 30 June 2020. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the program would mean the sma... more details

FUNDING FOR HARVEST FESTIVAL

Thu 07th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Harvest Festival Central Coast which runs this upcoming June long weekend has received $20,000 in Round One of the NSW Government’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund. The Fund, managed by the State’s tourism a... more details

HUNTER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL RECOGNISED AT ROTARY AWARDS

Wed 06th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated Beresfield Paramedic Paul Vowels and Rural Fire Service Inspector & District Coordinator Glenn Byrnes on their success at the 2018 Rotary Clubs and Districts of NSW and ACT Emergency Services Community Awards. Mr Vowels... more details

EXTRA ROUTE 262 AND 263 BUSES FOR NEWCASTLE

Wed 06th Jun 2018

Additional route 262 and 263 buses from Cameron Park to Charlestown will be rolled out over the next 12 months as part of an extra 2,000 extra weekly bus services across NSW. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today confirmed the increased ser... more details

HUNTER TAFE STUDENTS RECOGNISED AT WORLDSKILLS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wed 06th Jun 2018

Six medals have been brought home by TAFE NSW students from across the Hunter region at the WorldSkills Australia 2018 National Championships Closing Ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday evening. Matthew Brandt from Rothbury was awarded a Gold medal in Autobody Repair in front of hundreds of his peers fro... more details

SHORT-TERM HOLIDAY LETTING FOR THE CENTRAL COAST

Wed 06th Jun 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government’s short-term holiday letting plan will embrace the sharing economy and give consumers more choice while cracking down on bad behaviour, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP have said today. ... more details

SHORT TERM HOLIDAY LETTING FOR THE HUNTER

Wed 06th Jun 2018

The NSW Liberal National Government’s short-term holiday letting plan will embrace the sharing economy and give consumers more choice while cracking down on bad behaviour, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. Mr MacDonald said the reforms recognised the estima... more details

FUNDING TO ASSIST COUNCILS WITH CONTAMINATED LAND

Tue 05th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced the 2018–21 Council Regional Capacity Building Program to fund contaminated land experts in regional areas to help with contaminated site management and provide a local source of advice, is now open f... more details

RAIL UPGRADE FOR PORT WARATAH YARD

Tue 05th Jun 2018

Producers and consumers in the Newcastle region and as far away as North West NSW could benefit from the NSW Liberal National Government awarding of $3.3 million to upgrade the Port Waratah Yard configuration. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the project was part of th... more details

ACCESSIBILITY UPGRADE FOR WYEE STATION

Mon 04th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Greg Piper MP, Member for Lake Macquarie have welcomed today’s announcement that Wyee station is to be included in an extra $133 million investment in the Transport Access Program. “This announcement means planning for access... more details

NSW PREMIER COMMENDS PORT STEPHENS COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Mon 04th Jun 2018

NSW Premier the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP commended community volunteers from across the Hunter at an Awards Ceremony in Raymond Terrace on Friday 1st June. Recipients were presented Certificates of Commendation by the Premier in recognition of a wide range of community services, ranging from emer... more details

BUSINESS CONNECT ASSISTS WALLSEND BUSINESS

Sat 02nd Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Liberal National Government’s $30 million Business Connect service has helped Wallsend businesswoman Amy Pollitt, director of Early Start Speech Pathology, expand to establish a second practice. “Amy works with eight... more details

FUNDING FOR CESSNOCK CBD REVITALISATION

Fri 01st Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Cessnock City Council Mayor Bob Pynsent to announce $3.5 million in funding from the NSW Liberal National Government towards the Cessnock CBD Revitalisation Masterplan. The funding is from the Resources for Regions program and w... more details

EASIER TO DO BUSINESS IN CESSNOCK

Fri 01st Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced it will be simpler and faster to open a café, restaurant or small bar in Cessnock. Cessnock City Council is ‘going live’ with the NSW Government’s Easy to do Business program.  Mr MacDonald said ... more details

FIRST SIX MONTHS OF RETURN AND EARN ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Fri 01st Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has thanked the Central Coast community for their participation in the Return and Earn scheme which has recovered more than 367 million containers across NSW through collection points in the first six months of operation. “The C... more details

FIRST SIX MONTHS OF RETURN AND EARN IN THE HUNTER

Fri 01st Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has thanked the Hunter community for their participation in the Return and Earn scheme which has recovered more than 367 million containers across NSW collection points in the first six months of operation. “The Hunter has embraced the... more details

MAITLAND SENIORS WARNED ABOUT SCAMS

Thu 31st May 2018

Seniors from Maitland were recently briefed with the best tips and tricks to avoid common scams. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC joined specialist NSW Fair Trading staff at Fresh Hope Care Green Hills yesterday to raise awarenes... more details

GIFT CARD REFORMS FOR MAITLAND CONSUMERS

Thu 31st May 2018

Consumers are now able to enjoy extended expiry dates on gift cards thanks to nation-leading reforms introduced by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC yesterday visited retailers in Stock... more details

3.5 MILLION CONTAINERS RETURNED AT MEDOWIE

Wed 30th May 2018

Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter & the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, Minister for the Environment today celebrated the milestone of 3.5 million returned containers at the Medowie Reverse Vending Machine. “I’m proud to see the region participate so enthusiastical... more details

SECOND RETURN AND EARN MACHINE FOR KURRI KURRI

Tue 29th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced that a second reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme is online in Kurri Kurri. The newest reverse vending machine is located at Coles Kurri Kurri Bowling Club, 3 Tarro Street, Kurri Kurri and i... more details

HORSE SAFETY WORKSHOP IN NEWCASTLE

Tue 29th May 2018

The NSW Government will host a free workshop in Newcastle aimed at reducing horse-related injuries and fatalities among novice and beginner riders, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today. The training will be held on Tuesday 5th June at Merewether Golf Club, King Stree... more details

FUNDING TO SUPPORT ABORIGINAL DISABILITY SERVICES

Mon 28th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is calling on local Aboriginal businesses operating in the disability services sector to apply for a new $4.5 million NSW Government program that aims to help those businesses be involved in delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme... more details

PEDESTRIAN ACCESS WORKS AT THE ENTRANCE

Sun 27th May 2018

Construction has started today on a new pedestrian refuge on Oakland Avenue just north of Ashton Avenue at The Entrance. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Liberal National Government has provided $150,000 for work which will improve pedestrian safety and ... more details

FUNDING FOR CRICKET FACILITIES IN CENTRAL COAST AND HUNTER

Sat 26th May 2018

Cricket clubs in the Central Coast and the Hunter are encouraged to apply for $6 million in funds made available through the upcoming 2020 ICC World T20 Legacy Fund which opens on Monday 28th May. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC encouraged local clubs... more details

RETURN AND EARN MACHINE FOR KOTARA

Sat 26th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that a reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme is due to come online today at Kotara. The reverse vending machine will be located at Kotara Home, 30 Northcott Drive Kotara. “People will... more details

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