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Search for Year 6 students in the Cessnock Electorate who follow Fred Hollows’ philosophy

Nominations have opened for the first Fred Hollows Humanity Award in New South Wales and the State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr, MP is encouraging locals to…

Baird Government Must Reinstate Compo Board For Dust Victims

The Baird Government must immediately reinstate the Dust Diseases Board and reassure victims they are not being abandoned. The NSW Government secretly moved to abolish the independent body that has…

Funding Available Through Youth Opportunities Program

Up to $1 million is being made available to incorporated non-government organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus. State Member…

2016 NSW Seniors Week Grant Applications are now open

Grant applications are now open for the 2016 NSW Seniors Week, which will run from Friday 1 April to Sunday 10 April, with one of the main focuses being ‘healthy…

Community Building Partnership Program – grant applications to close soon

State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr, MP has today encouraged all incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and local councils to apply for funding through the Community Building Partnership…

Multicultural NSW – 2015-16 Celebration Grants Program Now Open

Multicultural NSW has announced the opening of the first round of the 2015-16 Multicultural NSW Grants Program – Celebration. State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr, MP has…

Raising the Barr

Raising the BARR – Week ending 9 September 2016

Driverless Cars – Winners and Losers I can’t tell you how excited I am by driverless cars. Imagine being able to climb into the car at home, head off to…

Raising the BARR – Week ending 26 August 2016

NSW Government State Representative Award For a number of years, the NSW Government State Representative Award has been recognising people who have represented the State of NSW in a competitive…

Raising the BARR – Week ending 12 August 2016

New and Improved Service NSW There is no doubt that people from right across our area will have noted changes at the old RTA/RMS building in Cessnock.  First of all…


Stanford Merthyr

The small village of Stanford Merthyr in my electorate has a long history. This village would have barely 1,000 residents and probably fewer than 300 houses. However, something important is…