Clayton Barr MP

Clayton Barr, State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock

It is an honour to represent and be a spokesperson for my community. I have worked hard to build relationships and building the case to make sure we get a fair go.” – Clayton


I was born and raised in Cessnock, where I live with my wife Lisa and our four children.

I studied to become a teacher at Newcastle University and taught at Mount View High for 9 years. After teaching, I worked for the local children’s cancer charity CanTeen. Prior to my election as State Member, I worked as the Community and Recreational Facilities Planner at Port Stephens Council.

As a father I understand the issues facing working families. I will continue to fight to make sure we have the best schools with more teachers and more funding for local hospitals to deliver the best health care for our community.

I was elected to the Legislative Assembly on 26 March 2011 as the Member for Cessnock.

In the Legislative Assembly I currently hold the positions of Temporary Speaker; Chair, Legislative Assembly Committee on Community Services; Chair, Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning; Chair, Legislative Assembly Select Committee on the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Rental Fairness) Bill 2023; Deputy Chair, Public Accounts Committee, Member of Legislative Assembly Committee on Community Services; Member, Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning; Member, Legislative Assembly Select Committee on Residential Tenancies Amendment (Rental Fairness) Bill 2023; Member, Legislative Assembly Select Committee on Remote, Rural and Regional Health.

For prior positions I have held click here.

Delivery for the Electorate

$17 million for a purpose-built Cessnock Police Station

The new police station faces Cumberland Street and houses approximately 100 staff including general duties, detectives, the proactive crime team, highway patrol, traffic services, events and licensing, domestic violence liaison officers and crime prevention officers.


Edgeworth Public School Bus Stop

After more than 12 years of hard work from the community the school bus stop was moved from busy Minmi Road to the rear of the school. While the solution to move the bus stop was straightforward, there was much work and ongoing negotiations behind the scenes to make sure the students had safe access which included a covered walkway.


$111.5 million Cessnock Hospital redevelopment

I have been lobbying on behalf of the community for Cessnock and Kurri Kurri hospitals for over 10 years. It’s great to know that the message has now been heard and Cessnock Hospital will receive the much needed funding.


$3.65 million grant for the upgrades to Kurri Kurri Main Street

From Restart NSW Resources for Regions Fund. Upgrades include street tree planting, landscaping, footpaths, pedestrian crossings, street furniture, shelters, lighting and signage.


Securing multiple pop-up vaccinations hubs in Cessnock

Weston, Kurri Kurri, West Wallsend and Cameron Park. After many weeks of lobbying to the Prime Minister, Premier, Ministers for Health – both Federal and State and also Hunter New England Local Health District I was excited to confirm pop-up Covid-19 vaccinations clinics across the Electorate. This enabled those that wanted to get vaccinated to do so.


$3.7 million upgrade to Orange Street and Charles Street

Abermain. The upgrade was announced in early September 2021 under the Road Safety Program and comes after 10 years of campaigning.


December 2021 $1.6 million funding from Resources for Regions Program

Funding allocated included $314,688 for the Millfield Skate Park Extension, $847,701 for Phase 2 of Rotary Park Kurri Kurri Concept Plan, Accessibility and Amenities Upgrades, $250,000 for the upgrade of Carmichael Park BMX Track, $105,000 for a business case for Booth Park Netball Facility and $95,000 for a business case for Weston Bears Park.


$992,325 funding as part of 2020 Stronger Country Communities Fund

$269,374 Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, $95,625 Live Life Active, $120,226 Cessnock Youth Centre and Outreach Service (CYCOS), $75,100 Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, $98,000 Branxton Greta Little Athletics, $217,000 Cessnock PCYC and $215,000 Cessnock Top Blokes Foundation.


$3.1 million bushfire local economic recovery fund

Including $1 million for upgrades of Rural Fire Service Sheds at Bucketty, Laguna, North Rothbury, Central Cessnock, Benwerrin, Greta, Kearsley, Mulbring, Neath, Pokolbin and Quorrobolong. $382,075 for Upper Yango fire and ecology restoration project, $861,476 A2E-Accelerating Event Economies and $900,000 Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association.


$400,000 Community Building Partnership Program 2021

Including funding for Brunner Park Branxton, Nulkaba P&C Association, West Wallsend Amateur Soccer Club, Cessnock District Hockey Association, Sunnyfield (Kurri Kurri), Edgeworth Community Pre-School, Richmond Vale Railway Museum, The Canopy Inc (Cameron Park), Girl Guides Kurri Kurri, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)


Over $1 million from Regional Sports Facility Fund

Including funding $517,116 for Miller Park Netball and Tennis Facility upgrade and $498,892 for Weston Workers Bears to upgrade the lighting at Weston Football Park.


$1.7 million secured in funding from Stronger Country Community Fund

Including $936,315 major makeover to Bridges Hill Park, $279,973 for Branxton Public Square, $242,355 for Cessnock Swimming Pool Splash Pad, $126,700 for North Cessnock Community Hall and Weston Civic Centre restroom upgrades and $120,643 for Branxton’s Maitland Street for pavement and street tree upgrade.


An unexpected outcome of the introduction of the Hunter Expressway

Was the issues around the intersection at Hart Road, Gingers Lane and Government Road Weston. I have worked with the community, local council, Roads and Maritime Services and Ministers to secure funding for improvements. We secured $1.8 million for the upgrade of the Hart and Government Roads roundabout.


$6.6 million secured for upgrades to Cessnock Airport

Under the Growing Local Economies Fund for upgrades. $75,000 in funding secured for Richmond Vale Rail Trail for the engagement of a specialist consultant to move the project forward.


$2.9 million upgrade to Duffie Drive and Maitland Road Cessnock

Installation of a single lane roundabout, the widening of Maitland Road and improvement of visibility and lighting at the intersection.