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NSW Interpreter Scholarship Program – Applications Open Now

Applications are now open for people who speak new and emerging and in-demand languages to receive scholarships to become qualified practising interpreters. People speaking any of the following languages are…
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Community asked about waste management services in Cessnock City

MEDIA RELEASE Waste Management is a part of everyone’s daily life. From purchasing goods that generate waste to disposing of that waste, it impacts everyone, and how we manage waste…
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ANZAC Day 2021 Brochure and Service Notice

ANZAC Day 2021 looks set to go ahead this year, albeit in the shadow of the ongoing COVID threat. Personally, my family’s 2020 dawn service, at the end of our…
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Cessnock Electorate’s Local Sport Grant Program – Successful Recipients 2020/2021

State Member, Clayton Barr, MP is pleased to announce the successful recipients in the Cessnock Electorate who are to receive funding from the 2020/21 Local Sport Grant Program. The Local…
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Search for Those in the Electorate of Cessnock Who Follow in Fred Hollows’ Footsteps

 The Fred Hollows Foundation is calling for nominations for the inaugural Fred Awards, named after the late, great Professor Fred Hollows, who believed in the everyday humanitarianism of Australians.  The…
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Councils in the Hunter Region Stand to Lose 39% of Roads Funding under Planned Merger

Labor is warning a secret NSW Government plan to merge two road funding schemes could financially cripple some councils in the Hunter region and lead to job losses. Documents obtained…
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Raising the Barr

Raising the BARR- Week ending 29 October 2021

  SHOULD ICAC OVERLOOK LIES? I pose a few questions to us all, as a society. Should we have an ICAC? Should we have an independent body, a commission, that…
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Raising the BARR- Week ending 15 October 2021

  A NEW PREMIER! WHAT HAPPENED? Two weeks ago, I had already written for this fortnightly column before the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian decided that it was time for her…
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Raising the BARR- Week ending 01 October 2021

  WHAT EXACTLY IS WELFARE AND WHO GETS IT? One of things that has happened during COVID has been massive spending by State and Federal Governments to get money into…
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Raising the BARR- Week ending 17 September 2021

  SOME GOOD NEWS I have spent many weeks now, using data and statistics, to convince all and sundry that the vaccinations rates in our local area, the traditional old…
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Speeches

NSW Wine Awards

It should come as no surprise that the member for Cessnock, the electorate of which takes in the beautiful Hunter Valley vineyards, would rise to speak about the NSW Wine…
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Mental Health Services

I had a different speech planned for tonight. I will not take up my whole five minutes because I know that everyone wants to get out of here, but I…
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West Wallsend Butterfly Cave

I have spoken before in this House about the Butterfly Cave, which is a beautiful natural sandstone cave that happens to be a place where butterflies breed. More importantly, it…
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Cessnock Correctional Centre

onight I speak about the expansion of Cessnock jail. Previously it had an 800‑prisoner capacity; as of next year, it will be 1,800. It will be the largest single prison…
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