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Abermain-Weston Hawks receive $90,000 for lighting upgrade at Howe Park, Abermain

The Abermain-Weston Hawks Rugby League Football Club has received a $90,000 grant towards lighting upgrades at Howe Park, Abermain thanks to the NSW Government as part of the $37.2 million…
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Local families to benefit as locations of 100 new public preschools revealed

Families in the Electorate of Cessnock will benefit from expanded access to early childhood education as the NSW Government unveils the locations for 100 new public preschools across the state.…
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Cessnock Electorate residents receive everyday medications from their local pharmacists.

Local residents in Cessnock City Council Local Government Area (LGA) and Lake Macquarie City Council Local Government Area (LGA) have received 135 and 511 consultations respectively for everyday medications from…
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$190,000 in grants received for three local childcare centres/preschools.

State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr has announced that three childcare centres/preschools in the Electorate of Cessnock were successful in securing $190,000 collectively in grants as part…
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Alesco Senior College – Abermain Campus to receive $680,000 grant for upgrades

The NSW Labor Government will deliver a $680,000 grant to Alesco Senior College – Abermain Campus for the refurbishment and upgrade of school facilities. The funding is part of the…
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Waste levy lifted in fire impacted Cessnock area

The NSW Government has waived the waste levy for residents disposing of bushfire generated waste in the Cessnock Local Government Area after recent bushfires. Homes and businesses were damaged by…
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Raising the Barr

Raising the BARR – Week ending 9/02/2024

HOW DID THE AUSTRALIAN FLAG BECOME SO WEAPONISED? Thirty years ago, I was watching the Final of the US Tennis Open. At the presentation, in the background, there were at…
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Raising the BARR – Week ending 19/01/2024

SOMETIMES A BREAK CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE I am often amazed at how much of a reset the Christmas-New Year period can bring to our community. I certainly hope that…
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Raising the BARR – Week ending 08/12/2023

LITTLE WONDER THAT THE POWERFUL WANT TO SILENCE PROTESTS There is no real mystery why the powerful would want to stop protests – its because the powerful became powerful under…
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Raising the BARR – Week ending 03/11/2023

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PLEASE TAKE CARE – THE SCAMMERS ARE GETTING SNEAKIER There has been a real increase in the number of scams being rolled out and a massive advance in how sneaky…
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Speeches

Hunter Valley Bus Accident

Clayton Barr - Condolences
Mr CLAYTON BARR (Cessnock) (19:03): I have tried a couple of times to sit down and write this speech, and each time I sit down a bit of a fog comes through.…
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State Election

Clayton Barr - Private Member's Statement
Mr CLAYTON BARR (Cessnock) (20:02): I comment on the 2023 State election in the electorate of Cessnock. I recognise from the outset that I have had the chance to make a couple…
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Tribute to Phil Papworth

Clayton Barr - Private Member's Statement
I make a brief statement about Phil “Pappy” Papworth, who died just before Easter. Pappy was a long-time career schoolteacher who taught all over the State. He was an ugly…
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FISAF International World Sports Aerobics and Fitness Championships

Clayton Barr - Community Recognition Statements
Mr CLAYTON BARR (Cessnock) (15:41): I acknowledge three young ladies from Cessnock who are off to the FISAF International World Sports Aerobics and Fitness Championships 2022 in the Czech Republic…
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