Media Releases

$35,000 BOOST FOR JAMBEROO PUBLIC SCHOOL

Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has announced $35,000 funding for Jamberoo Public School to support them in establishing a new outdoor learning area. Mr Ward said that he was extremely pleased to secure this funding from the...

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LOCAL STUDENTS TO BUILD ON SOLAR SUCCESS

Parliamentary Secretary for Illawarra and the South Coast Gareth Ward has lauded the “ingenuity and passion” of a troupe of talented local tertiary students poised to take on the world. Team UOW – comprising students from TAFE NSW Illawarra and the University of...

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NSW GOVERNMENT DELIVERS ON STEEL REFORMS

The NSW Government has delivered on its promise to improve quality standards, industry certification and transparency in steel procurement, following the release of an independent report into NSW Government steel usage. Minister for Finance, Services and Property...

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON BYPASS ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward is inviting the community to have a say on the environmental report prepared for the Illawarra and South Coast Lowland Forest and Woodland. Mr Ward said that opening the environmental report to...

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CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE TO HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today launched his annual Christmas Toy Drive with the festive season nearing closer. Mr Ward said it was an opportunity for local organisations, small businesses, community groups and local...

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ILLAWARRA VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATED

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward today announced that more than 8,400 volunteers across NSW have been recognised by the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program on International Volunteer Day. Mr Ward has thanked local volunteers for their...

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LOCAL MPS WELCOME REDUCTION IN CRIME

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward have commended police in the Shoalhaven Local Area Command and the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command for their exceptional work in fighting local crime. Mr...

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WARD WELCOMES ZARTH APPOINTMENT TO TOP BUSINESS ROLE

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has welcomed the announcement that Mr Adam Zarth will take on the role of as Executive Director of Illawarra First and the Illawarra Business Chamber. “The appointment of Adam Zarth to this key role builds on the...

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NEW CAMPAIGN TO SAVE COUNTRY LIVES ON OUR LOCAL ROADS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today launched the first ever comprehensive road safety education campaign to target regional NSW in an all-out effort to spread the critical message that...

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ILLAWARRA RAIL PROJECTS SHORTLISTED FOR $150M BOOST

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, Gareth Ward today announced four local projects are among 27 shortlisted for funding in the next stage of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Rail infrastructure program. “In Kiama there has been two proposals...

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$11,250 TO SUPPORT LIFELINE SOUTH COAST

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today joined with long serving Lifeline South Coast Executive Director Grahame Gould to present the organisation with $11,250. Mrs Hancock said the donation to the invaluable organisation had been...

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NEW CTP SCHEME PUTS DRIVERS IN POLE POSITION

Today marks the start of the new CTP Green Slip Scheme, which will deliver significant premium reductions, refunds to the vast majority of vehicle owners and an expanded safety net for injured road users. Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama...

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REGION SET TO RECOGNISE WOMEN IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward is calling on their community to nominate women Councillors and Council staff for the 2018 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government. Mr Ward said the prized awards recognise the hard work and imaginative ideas women bring to Council...

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AMANDA REID NAMED ATHLETE OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced that Amanda Reid, 21, of Werri Beach has been named Athlete of the Year with a Disability at the Inaugural NSW Champions of Sport Awards Ceremony. Mr Ward said that Amanda, Australia’s top Indigenous dual Paralympian,...

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SAFETY AROUND KIAMA HIGH SCHOOL BOOSTED

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced that Kiama High School will now benefit from the installation of new safety infrastructure as part of a State-wide program. Mr Ward said the $5 million program is being rolled out across 132 schools around the state and...

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MORE PEER WORKERS TO HELP MENTAL HEALTH

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today announced that mental health consumers across our region benefit from the NSW Government’s investment in around 30 new Peer Worker positions...

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FREE 2018 LEGAL AID DIARY NOW AVAILABLE FOR OUR LOCAL SENIORS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today encouraged local seniors from across the region to grab their free copy of the 2018 Legal Aid NSW Legal Topics for Older People Diary, which is now available. “I...

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TENDER TO BE INVITED FOR ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS EARLY WORK

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced that work to build the 9.8 kilometre Albion Park Rail Bypass will soon take a major step forward with a request for tenders to carry out early work for the project. Mr Ward...

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LABOR’S ICAC SMEAR FAILURE

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has released a letter from Shellharbour City Council confirming there vexatious referral of Mr Ward to the ICAC was a total sham. Mr Ward said that Illawarra Labor have reached a stunning new low. “I have been...

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REASON TO SMILE

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock alongside the Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and representatives of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District today officially opened Nowra’s newly refurbished and expanded $3.4 million...

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FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT AT KIAMA PRIMARY

Parliamentary Secretary for Education Gareth Ward has hosted a group of students from Kiama Public School who have developed an anti-bullying resource. Mr Ward said that he was thrilled and impressed with what is happening at Kiama Public School with these six budding...

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STUDENTS ‘GET HOOKED’ ON RECREATIONAL FISHING

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward today announced that Reddall Parade in Lake Illawarra will host a ‘Get Hooked… it’s Fun to Fish’ workshop tomorrow Friday 24th November from 11.30am to 1.30pm. “‘Get Hooked’ it’s fun to fish, is a great educational...

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ANZAC SCHOLAR CHLOE BROWN WINS TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Parliamentary Secretary for Education Gareth Ward has today congratulated local student Chloe Brown of St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Albion Park as a winner of the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship. “I am extremely pleased that Chloe is one of 20...

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RETURN AND EARN REVERSE VENDING MACHINES INSTALLED

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today announced that several reverse vending machine kiosks have been installed across our region as part of the State’s container deposit scheme rollout ahead of the start of the scheme on 1st...

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BRIGHT SPARKS SOUGHT TO ENERGISE THE FUTURE

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward today encouraged local men and women interested in an electrical trade to apply for one of 20 Endeavour Energy apprenticeships. The training includes working on all aspects of Endeavour Energy’s electricity network...

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ACTIVE KIDS GUIDELINES LAUNCHED: $100 REBATE FOR EVERY CHILD

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward today said that local parents of school children across our region are encouraged to take advantage of the $100 ‘Active Kids’ rebate for sporting and fitness related costs launching early next year....

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WARD CONDEMNS LABOR AND GREENS ON GONG SHUTTLE GAG

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today moved a Notice of Motion in Parliament condemning Labor and Green Councillors on Wollongong City Council for gagging debate on the Gong Shuttle. Mr Ward said that Labor and Green...

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THREE TAFE NSW STUDENTS HONOURED AT ILLAWARRA VET AWARDS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today congratulated three TAFE NSW students who have been honoured with four top awards at the 2017 Illawarra Schools Excellence in Vocation Education and Training Awards held in Wollongong. Mr Ward has...

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FUNDING LOCAL SOLUTIONS TO LOCAL CRIME PROBLEMS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today announced that local community groups are being encouraged to apply to the NSW Government with solutions to stamp down on local crime and anti-social...

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Illawarra customers next big winners with On Demand transport

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward today announced that On Demand public transport is arriving here in the Illawarra. Mr Ward today announced that customers in Thirroul, Figtree and Shellharbour will soon be able to access a new, personalised...

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MOUNT OUSLEY INTERCHANGE

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has announced that from today, the community is invited to view and provide feedback on the concept design for the proposed Mount Ousley interchange as part of the environmental assessment of the project. Mr Ward...

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