Latest news/media releases

Kurri Kurri Public Library (Cessnock City Council) Awarded Country Art Support Program Funding

Kurri Kurri Public Library has been awarded $4,460.00 in NSW Government funding for their local project The Library Roadshow! The funding is to go toward the Library’s project The Library…
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Successful 2015 Community Building Partnership Recipients Announced

Clayton Barr, MP, State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock advises the following applicants were successful in receiving funding from the Cessnock Electorate’s $400,000 Community Building Partnership funding allocation for…
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Grant program to improve biodiversity conservation

Building the region’s resilience to the potential impacts of climate change on significant biodiversity habitat areas is the focus of a grant program now available through Hunter Local Land Services.…
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M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace revised concept design

The revised concept design for the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace is on display for community feedback with comments closing on 6 November 2015. The proposal includes changes…
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Completion of Broke Road Stages

Congratulations to Cessnock Council and Roads and Maritime Services for the completion of $20 million worth of works promised in 2011 of Broke and McDonald Roads, which includes 2 roundabouts…
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Grant Funding – Regional Visitor Economy Fund

Tourism operators in the Cessnock Electorate are encouraged to apply for a share in $7.2 million in grant funding from the State Government’s Regional Visitor Economy Fund. The Regional Visitor…
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Raising the Barr

Raising the BARR – Week ending 24 February 2017

Where Large Government Funding Goes – So Do the Shonksters I have already been hearing alarming reports of the private corporates ripping millions and millions of dollars out of funding…
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Raising the BARR – Week ending 10 February 2017

Sharing the Wealth The rich get richer and the poor get the picture, goes the old saying. Sadly, over the past 20-30 years, this has been truer in Australia than…
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Raising the BARR – Week ending 27 January 2017

Crystal Ball Predictions – Follow up For those that read my Crystal Ball predictions in this paper 2 weeks ago, and if you have read my crystal ball predictions over…
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Raising the BARR – Week ending 13 January 2017

Crystal Ball Predictions for 2017 As always, I try to dedicate my last column of the year, in part, to some whacky tongue in cheek predictions for the year ahead.…
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Speeches

Abermain Eisteddfod

Today I pay tribute to the Abermain Eisteddfod, which celebrates its ninety-second year. Recently I had the good fortune to assist with the Abermain Eisteddfod in a small way. Unfortunately,…
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Abermain Public School Road Safety

Recently I had the pleasure of attending Abermain Public School to meet with students and staff about an issue of significance to them. I am talking about the intersection of…
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Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation

Tonight I speak about a magnificent organisation, the Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation. I recognise that the Ungooroo corporation services the Wanaruah people, whose lands stretch from the Liverpool Ranges in the…
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Pedestrian Safety

Sometimes being a State member gives one the opportunity to have interesting conversations with people within the electorate that sometimes remind us of things that have slipped off the radar.…
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