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NEW POLICE OFFICERS FOR SHOALHAVEN AND LAKE ILLAWARRA

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today announced that the Shoalhaven Local and the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command will both welcome one new probationary constable following today’s...

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STATEMENT: REFERAL TO THE ICAC

Yesterday, I referred myself to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) following threats by the Labor Mayor of Shellharbour Marianne Saliba in relation to Shellharbour City Council’s delays in transferring land at the Croome Road Sporting Complex needed...

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CHILD PROTECTION: PERPETRATORS SHOULD HAVE NO PLACE TO HIDE

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced that he will be raising changes to s127 of the NSW Evidence Act in order to ensure perpetrators of child sexual abuse have no place to hide in New South Wales. Mr Ward, who has been Secretary of the NSW Bravehearts...

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TIMBER VESSELS SUCCESSFULLY SALVAGED FROM SOUTH COAST WATERWAYS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today thanked boaters for their patience this month while two timber vessels were removed from waterways along the State’s South Coast. Mr Ward said that the timber vessels were removed from the...

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REGION TO BENEFIT FROM SMARTER DRIVER DISQUALIFICATION LAWS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today welcomed reforms to toughen sanctions on those who repeatedly ignore driver licence laws, while also providing incentives for disqualified...

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SAFETY TO BE IMPROVED AT NORTH WOLLONGONG INTERCHANGE

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that preliminary work on an upgrade of exit ramp from Memorial Drive to the Princes Highway at the North Wollongong interchange will start within weeks. Mr Ward said that the New South Wales...

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NEW TRAINS COMING TO OUR REGION

Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today announced that the next generation of regional trains will be coming to our region. Mr Ward said that the new regional fleet will replace the existing XPTs,...

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GET OUT OF THE WAY OF THE ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has slammed Shellharbour City Council for deliberately delaying the sale of land needed for the Albion Park Rail Bypass project. In spite of successfully negotiating with sporting clubs at the...

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RECORD SPEND ON ROAD SAFETY INFRASTRUCTURE

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today announced that more than $8.35 million in New South Wales Government funding will be invested in safety upgrades for roads across the Illawarra and South Coast. Mr Ward said that the record...

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SCHOOL UPGRADES ON TRACK FOR HUNTER

Parliamentary Secretary for Education Gareth Ward MP today visted two Hunter schools that received funding for upgrade and revdelopments as part of the NSW 2017-18 State Budget. Mr Ward visted Belmont High School in Belmont and Newcastle East Public School in...

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WARD SLAMS LABOR FOR TAKING OUR REGION FOR GRANTED

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today slammed the Labor Party MP’s in the Illawarra and Opposition Leader Luke Foley for taking the Illawarra for granted. Mr Ward has moved a Notice of Motion in Parliament condemning the Opposition Leader and...

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2017 WOLLONGONG AND SHELLHARBOUR LIBERAL CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced the united Liberal Teams to contest the 2017 City council elections in Wollongong and Shellharbour. Mr Ward said the centrepiece of the Liberal Teams will be its Jobs Action Plan with a target...

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WARD AND SCULLY AGREE ON PRIORITY PROJECTS FOR PORT KEMBLA FUND

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward and Member for Wollongong Paul Scully have today announced agreement on a list of priority projects to be considered under the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund. “I have requested that the assessment committee...

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FUNDS AVAILABLE TO IMPROVE LOCAL FISH HABITATS

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward is encouraging local community groups, local Councils and individuals to apply for funding to improve local fish habitats through the New South Wales Government’s Habitat Action Grants Program. Mr Ward said that small grants up to $2,000...

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STUDENTS RECOGNISED FOR TAKING A STAND AGAINST BULLYING

Parliamentary Secretary for Education Gareth Ward has attended a special event during Education Week 2017 in NSW Parliament House to recognise a group of school students for taking a stand against school bullying. Twenty students from across the State named as Student...

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LOCAL FOOD COMPANIES AT NSW PARLIAMENT

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has welcomed Bomaderry’s Phyco Food and Gerringong’s The Daily Grind Coffee Company on their visit to NSW Parliament House today as regional producers gather for a workshop ahead of the Fine Food Australia trade show next month. Mr Ward...

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NOMINATE A CARER

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced nominations are open for the NSW Carers Awards. Mrs Hancock said the NSW Carers Awards aims to recognise and raise awareness of the valuable contribution unpaid carers make to the...

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SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ON MOSS VALE ROAD AT CAMBEWARRA MOUNTAIN

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced that local motorists will soon benefit from slope repairs and maintenance on Moss Vale Road at Cambewarra Mountain. Mr Ward said that the New South Wales Government has provided $400,000 funding to deliver this...

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SHELLHARBOUR GETS NEW $340,000 FIREFIGHTING TRUCK

The NSW Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today joined Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward to hand over a new $340,000 firefighting tanker to the Shellharbour Fire Station. Mr Grant said the new Isuzu fire truck, a ‘Class 1’ tanker, will...

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IMPROVING CANCER CARE IN ILLAWARRA SHOALHAVEN

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today announced grants totalling almost $500,000 in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) to improve outcomes for local cancer...

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INDIGENOUS INCLUSION CELEBRATED AT LEADING NSW AGENCY

A program to inspire and encourage Aboriginal people to join Roads and Maritime Services has been recognised for its success in attracting a growing Aboriginal workforce in Southern NSW. Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today...

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NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL TURNS 60

Organisations in the Illawarra and South Coast are encouraged to celebrate the enormous contribution seniors make by holding an event during the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival. Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced grants...

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WARD TO HOST FORUMS ON VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING BILL

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today reminded local residents of a number of Community Forums which he is hosting on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, starting from 6.30pm tonight at the Berry School of Arts. The following Community Forums are being held: •...

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STUDENTS TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANZACS

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today called upon local high schools across the Illawarra and South Coast to enter the ballot for the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship that will see students travel to France and...

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NEW ONE STOP SHOP SET TO OPEN IN NOWRA

Customers on the South Coast will be able to access hundreds of services and transactions under the one-roof at the new Nowra Service NSW Centre when doors open on Friday, 21 July. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock MP and...

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BUS TRIAL BOOST FOR COMMUTERS

Extra bus links to South Coast and Illawarra train stations are delivering more choice and better services for Kiama commuters Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today to test out the new weekly bus services between Kiama and Bomaderry....

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BERRY BYPASS OPENS TO TRAFFIC

The community of Berry now has a safer and less congested town, with traffic now diverted onto the Berry bypass, twelve months ahead of schedule. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, joined with the Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today...

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KIAMA RIDING HIGH ON MILLIONS FOR NEW CYCLEWAY

Premier Gladys Berejiklian today joined Kiama MP Gareth Ward in visiting the Minnamurra River, which is to benefit from a $4.5 million investment in a new cycleway as part of a $62 million active transport program announced in this year’s budget. “We are giving...

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$42 MILLION AGED CARE FACILITY NEARS COMPLETION

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced today that the new aged care facility at Shell Cove is almost complete and will be boost for the Illawarra region. Touring the site with Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and the South Coast Gareth Ward, Premier...

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