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Media Release – 2022 Community Building Partnership Program Now Open

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State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr, MP, has announced that the NSW Government will once again conduct the Community Building Partnership Program in 2022. Clayton Barr, MP,…

ANZAC Day 2022 Brochure and Service Notice

As I prepare this year’s ANZAC booklet, my mind quickly turns to the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. My thoughts also reflect on other authoritarian regimes that control various…

Media Release – 2022 Cessnock Local Woman of the Year – Helen Scott

State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr, MP is pleased to announce that Branxton resident Mrs Helen Scott is the 2022 Local Woman of the Year for the…

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…

Raising the Barr

Raising the BARR – Week ending 13 May 2022

WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT DEMOCRACY? By the end of March 2023, we will all have been asked to vote 3 separate times, for our 3 levels of Government. We…

Raising the BARR – Week ending 29 April 2022

PRIVATISING THE GAP IN PUBLIC SERVICES There has been much written and said about the recent decision for the Solomon Islands to enter into an agreement with China for funding…

Raising the BARR – Week ending 15 April 2022

MY FEARS FOR HOW THE INTERNET MIGHT MAKE FUTURE ELECTION CAMPAIGNS UGLY Strap in folks!  This federal election campaign is going to be messy.  And I personally think a lot…

Raising the BARR- Week ending 1 April 2022

  WHEN IS A PROTEST NOT A PROTEST A strange and possibly dangerous piece of Legislation was rushed through NSW Parliament last week – and it will have an impact…


Cessnock Electorate Teachers 10 May 2022

“I’m a Year 11 student at Cessnock High School, and I’d like to voice my growing concern about the serious staff shortages that are occurring at my school, and the…

Ethan Floyd 10 May 2022

“Ethan Floyd was part of the Y NSW Youth in Parliament program from earlier this year. Congratulations to Ethan for his advocacy and hard work as part of the program.”…

Education Speech 31 March 2022

Below is a speech from a Private Members Statement Clayton made regarding the need for four new schools required in the Cessnock Electorate to provide for the growing population. Clayton…

Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 Mr CLAYTON BARR (Cessnock) (16:31): I make a contribution to debate on the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2022, and I recognise…