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Media Release – Successful Applicants for the 2021 Community Building Partnership Program – Cessnock Electorate

The State Electorate of Cessnock has secured $400,000 in funding for a total of 22 projects through the NSW Government’s 2021 Community Building Partnership Program. The Community Building Partnership Program…

Free Family Fun with the Parliament of NSW

Join the Parliament’s Education team via ZOOM for two fun, educational activities that bring the NSW Parliament into the homes of children and families. Virtual tour of NSW Parliament Wednesday…

Free mental health services for parents and children

  Right now is a very stressful time, so it is important to look after our mental health and wellbeing. Below is a list of contact information for free services available…

Study online, on your terms with TAFE Digital

Interested in studying, but want it to work around your schedule? No problem. Enrol anytime and study anywhere with TAFE Digital and you can study when and where it suits…

Looking for something a little different?

If you’re looking for a career where no two days are the same, TAFE NSW offers hundreds of courses to get you there. Thanks to programs like JobTrainer and other…

Monthly Art Exhibitions at Parliament House

When you think ‘Parliament’, do you think art? You may be surprised to know that as well as being the home of laws and democracy in NSW, our Parliament House…

Raising the Barr

Raising the BARR- Week ending 24 January 2022

2022 predictions
  CRYSTAL BALL PREDICTIONS FOR 2022 It’s time for the year’s most important column – one that will see the rise of fortunes and the demise of political careers. No…

Raising the BARR- Week ending 10 December 2021

  GOODBYE 2021 – HELLO 2022 Life is far too precious to be willing our time away. Ask most people as they come closer to the end of life and…

Raising the BARR- Week ending 19 November 2021

  VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING The concept of being able to end one’s life, when the end is near and the end is certain, is often called euthanasia. It also is…

Raising the BARR- Week ending 12 November 2021

  A HSC TO (NEVER) FORGET For the HSC class of 2021, the past 2 years have been unforgettable but highly worthy of forgetfulness. Remember that COVID hit our shores…



It is a pleasure to follow the good member for Port Macquarie’s wonderful contribution to this motion of condolence and to hear her talk about her community with such passion, pride…

Cessnock Electorate Job Losses

 I use the opportunity of my last speech of the year to invite the Premier to come up to the electorate of Cessnock to help me campaign. The reality is…

Cessnock Electorate Social Housing NSW Maintenance Backlog

As members of Parliament, we often try to give voice to those who are voiceless. Today I draw attention to the apparent backlog of maintenance issues with Housing NSW properties…


I welcome to the gallery those people who are here to honour Thomas George, the member for Lismore. What a wonderful man—and I say that as one who sits on…