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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 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…

Raising the BARR- Week ending 18 March 2022

The Advertiser Cessnock
  FLOOD AFFECTED LOCALS LET DOWN BY A SLEEPING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT I am extremely reluctant to weigh into Federal issues, but two weeks ago, Scott Morrison declared a National Emergency…


Abbie Lee Russell

Congratulations to Abbie Lee Russell who is the 2021 Community Education Student of the Year award winner. Abbie enrolled with Atwea College in 2020 and completed a pre‑vocational program in…

Tribute to Stan Neilly

I pay tribute to one of Cessnock’s greatest ever individuals, a gentleman by the name of Mr Stan Neilly. As I will get to, Stan was a member of this…

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Via video link: Today I express the enormous frustration and anxiety felt by my community during the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. At the beginning of the COVID vaccine response, the Australian…

Silver Chain Palliative Care

I note from the outset that I offer these words on behalf of one of my local constituents whose mother recently passed away from cancer of the pancreas. Rae wanted…