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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Raising the Barr

Raising the BARR – Week ending 16 December 2016

We Have an Education Crisis of The Sexes Where have our boys gone? Congratulations to all of the girls that got end of year awards at their school presentation days,…
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Raising the BARR – Week ending 2 December 2016

Sport & Recreation Camps – For Sale A really crucial part of a child’s school experience is the school camp.  In NSW Sport & Rec camps have been a vital…
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Raising the BARR – Week ending 18 November 2016

Your Land Title – at risk I have written about the issue of Land Title previously.  It is such an incredibly important issue that I find myself again penning a…
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Raising the BARR – Week ending 4 November 2016

The Cessnock Gaol Extension Insult to The Community The proposed extension to the Cessnock Gaol has received mixed responses.  In essence it will take the capacity from its current 800,…
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Speeches

Beacon Foundation

I speak today about education and young people—I seem to find myself doing that quite a lot; it must be a passion of mine—and about the Beacon Foundation. I recently…
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Plan-it Youth Mentoring Awards

Last week I had the good fortune to attend the Plan-it Youth mentoring awards night for West Wallsend High School. The community of West Wallsend are an incredibly nurturing and…
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Norsk Hydro Aluminium Smelter Closure

Today I speak with a heavy heart. Three hundred and forty-four is the number of jobs that will soon disappear from the employment landscape of the Hunter when the Norsk…
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Local Schools, Local Decisions Program

I draw the attention of the House to some of the fantastic work being done in local schools in my electorate. During the recent recess I took the opportunity to…
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