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June 6, 2018

I recognise Kirrily Dear, an ultramarathon runner who started the Run Against Violence initiative.

Through her activities, Kirrily starts discussions and raises awareness about domestic and family violence. Kirrily shared her important message to all the students at Tomaree High School, empowering them to take a stand and understand that each and every one of them has the power to make a difference.

She describes it as the "ripp...

June 5, 2018

Today I recognise Barry Whiteman, a never more deserving recipient of the RSL LifeCare's Milne-Wood medal, for his consistent delivery of exceptional service to RSL LifeCare.

Barry and his wife, Trish, have lived in beautiful Tea Gardens for 17 years and they have devoted their retirement to helping veterans in care at the Peter Sinclair Gardens facility at Hawks Nest.

Barry, in his position as liaison officer, was responsible f...

May 24, 2018

Raymond Terrace came alive last weekend at the Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival. In its fourth year, it was bigger and better than ever, with many of us dressed up in vintage clothing in celebration of what was once the main street of Raymond Terrace.

Congratulations go to the irrepressible organiser, Kaye Newtown, and her hardworking team including Peter Robinson, Adam Nicholas, Liz Stephens, Beryl and Peter Boyles...

May 23, 2018

I am surprised that we have not heard more from this Government about the Turnbull Government's recent decision to cut $7 million from our State's coffers without warning.The national partnership was created to ensure that there was consistency of quality in the provision of early childhood education and care services across the country. 

In a sneaky move, the Federal education Minister Simon Birmingham announced on t...

May 23, 2018

I pay tribute to the organisers, sponsors and supporters of the fantastic Tilligerry Motorama. Ian and Elaine Jones have been spearheading this event since 2013, alongside their Tilligerry Auto Club members.

This year's event saw about 6,000 people come through the gates to see the 400‑plus cars and bikes on display, as well as local stallholders. Every time I looked up from my mobile office, there were more and more people mil...

May 23, 2018

Today is Wear Orange Wednesday in support of the thousands of incredible State Emergency Service [SES] volunteers across New South Wales upon whom we all rely in times of disaster and emergency.

My electorate of Port Stephens not only is a particularly stunning part of the State but also is an area particularly prone to wild weather. So the hardworking and dedicated SES volunteers in both the Port Stephens unit based in Raymond...

May 15, 2018

The Riding for the Disabled Association at Raymond Terrace enables young people with a disability to experience the joy of horseriding.

When I visited last week it was obvious to me that the experience is not only about riding a horse but also about the confidence that comes with it, the physical and emotional wellbeing, and the social benefit of a regular shared experience with friends.

The service started in 1979 and, despite...

May 2, 2018

As a piece of public policy, the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS] was a monumental reform. Its objective was simple and yet profound: A tangled mess of chaotic, fragmented and inequitable support programs littered across the country would be replaced with a national scheme focused on equity.

The so-called "postcode lottery" would end, and the genesis of a person's disability would be irrelevant. Inste...

May 2, 2018

Imagine living in the beautiful township of Tanilba Bay, which nestles on the edge of the glorious waterways of Port Stephens, but not being able to access the waterways.

This was the case for many ageing residents living at Tanilba Shores who had no wheelchair accessible pathway to the foreshore. Thanks to the Tanilba Bay Parks, Reserves and Hall Committee, who saw a problem and acted to fix it, the problem has now been solved...

May 2, 2018

I pause to thank the many residents, young and old, who gathered at Anzac Day services across Port Stephens last week.

I recognise the hard working RSL sub-branches for hosting these important commemorations. With a common purpose we gathered to remember the lives of those who returned home broken in body or soul, or never returned home at all. 

In Port Stephens we pay special tribute to the many servicemen a...

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