Media Releases

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT: TIME TO END THE FUNDING WARS

*The following joint Statement should be attributed to Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock. The Princes Highway funding games must come to an end. The NSW State Government has committed a record $1.6 billion to deliver the...

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NEW BUS SERVICES CONNECT WOLLONGONG TO AIRPORT

Gareth Ward, Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast today welcomed the trial of new daily bus services between Wollongong and the Illawarra Regional Airport to connect with the expanded commercial passenger flights which began this week. “The NSW...

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2017 NSW CARERS AWARD RECIPIENT FROM WOLLONGONG

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today congratulated the Multicultural Communities Council Of Illawarra Incorporated (MCCI), a local organisation based in Wollongong who have received a 2017 NSW Carers Award. Mr Ward said that the Award was...

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EXTRA BUS SERVICES FOR LOCAL CUSTOMERS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today announced the creation of a new bus service which will provide direct connections to the Shellharbour Town Centre for customers living in Tullimbar and Calderwood, as well as 100...

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FIRST STAGE OF THE F6 EXTENSION MOVING AHEAD

Member for Kiama and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast today announced the NSW Government is moving ahead with planning and project development for the first section of the F6 extension. In addition to the $15 million provided in 2017-18...

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MP’S CALL FOR 80/20 FUNDING SPLIT ON PRINCES HIGHWAY

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has moved a Notice of Motion in Parliament calling on the Commonwealth and NSW Governments to commit to a 80/20 funding split for all future Princes Highway upgrade projects –...

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CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ON FOXGROUND AND BERRY BYPASS SITE

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today advised local motorists of changed traffic conditions from next week on the Princes Highway for improvement work at multiple on and off ramps as part of the Foxground and Berry bypass project. Mr Ward said that temporary lane...

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WARD SLAMS ANZ FOR FAILING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today slammed the ANZ Bank for failing its customers in regional communities. Mr Ward said he was extremely disappointed with ANZ’s head office decision to close down its branch in Fern Street, Gerringong in January 2018. “Customers...

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COMMUNITY DROP-IN SESSION FOR MOSS VALE ROAD TRAFFIC CHANGES

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward is inviting members of the local community to attend a drop-in session this Saturday in Kangaroo Valley to find out about safety works and proposed traffic changes on Moss Vale Road. Mr Ward said that the drop-in session will provide the...

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POWER SAVINGS TO BENEFIT HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN KIAMA

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced that local households and businesses in the Kiama electorate will be rewarded for modifying their power consumption this summer through demand management. Mr Ward said that four pilots are being co-funded with the...

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NEW FUELCHECK APP TO SAVE MOTORISTS MONEY AT THE BOWSER

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today announced that motorists across the region could save hundreds of dollars at the bowser by using the New South Wales Government’s new FuelCheck app,...

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LOG BOOKS GO DIGITAL

From today learner drivers can log their driving practice using their smart phones following the launch of the digital logbook as an alternative to the out-dated paper version. Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward announced that...

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NSW CONSUMERS TO GET A FAIRER DEAL ON GIFT CARDS

Consumers across NSW will have more money in their pockets thanks to Australian-first gift card reforms, Gareth Ward MP announced today. Mr Ward said the proposed State Government plan would see a compulsory three-year expiry dates for all gift cards sold in NSW,...

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NIGHT WORK ON PRINCES HIGHWAY AT BERRY

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today advised local motorists of changed traffic conditions from tonight on the Princes Highway between Kangaroo Valley Road and Mullers Lane at Berry. Mr Ward said that the work will be carried out work between 7pm and 6am, weather...

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NEW LAWS TO KEEP POTENTIAL TERRORISTS BEHIND BARS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward today announced that the New South Wales Government will introduce new laws to protect the community from potential terrorists who pose an unacceptable risk at the completion of their prison...

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SIXERS SMASH HITS THE ILLAWARRA

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that a big bash league style cricket match for international students will be held at the University of Wollongong this week as part of a StudyNSW and CricketNSW project. StudyNSW is investing...

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JERVIS BAY AND WOLLONGONG HOOK NEW OFFSHORE ARTIFICIAL REEF

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward today announced that Jervis Bay and Wollongong have been selected as one of three new locations for the construction of an Offshore Artificial Reef. “I am...

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NIGHT WORK STARTS ON PRINCES HIGHWAY AT KIAMA

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today advised local motorists of changed traffic conditions will be in place from next week on the Princes Highway at Kiama. Mr Ward said that road repairs will be carried out a section of the highway north of the Terralong Street overpass...

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ILLAWARRA’S BEACHES READY FOR SUMMER

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that this year’s annual beaches scorecard has rated 100 per cent of the 21 swimming sites monitored in the Illawarra region as Good or Very Good. The annual scorecard provides ratings for 250...

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NSW GOVERNMENT BOLSTERS ARTS INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS WOLLONGONG

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced new arts funding to support innovative smaller-scale capital projects that increase and strengthen participation in arts, screen and cultural activities across Wollongong. Mr Ward said that...

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DEVELOPMENT OF WOLLONGONG HARBOUR MASTER PLAN GOING AHEAD

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that a contract has been awarded for the development and preparation of the Wollongong Harbour Master Plan. Mr Ward said that Place Design Group has been awarded the contract to draft the plan....

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SLOW DOWN THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND ARRIVE SAFELY

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock are urging local motorists to make sure they drive to the conditions and plan ahead so everyone arrives home safely this October long weekend. Mr Ward said...

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WARD/HANCOCK JOINT STATEMENT: YERRIYONG MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX

The proposed motorcycling facility for the Shoalhaven has always enjoyed our total support. We have offered to meet with the previous proponents to provide any assistance possible. Both of us have provided previous statements of support throughout the planning and...

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WEST NOWRA FIRE: WARD PRAISES OUR LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES

Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast Gareth Ward has today praised our local fire fighters and all emergency services personnel who assisted with the fire in West Nowra. “This dangerous situation could have been so much worse if it was not for the determination...

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SURF LIFE SAVING SEASON LAUNCHED

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today announced that the Surf Life Saving Clubs across the Illawarra and South Coast have reinstated the red and yellow flags on local beaches to mark the start of the volunteer Surf Life Saving...

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BULLI PASS TEMPORARILY REOPENS FOR THE LONG WEEKEND

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that the Bulli Pass will be temporarily reopened this October long weekend to improve journeys for motorists travelling between Sydney and Wollongong. Mr Ward said that for the benefit of...

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LOCAL TEACHERS RETRACING STEPS OF THE ANZACS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward is inviting local history teachers from across our region to walk the battlefields and trenches of the Western Front as part of the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship tour. “I am very pleased...

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IMPORTANT LICENSING CHANGES ON THE WAY FOR YOUNG DRIVERS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today welcomed major improvements to the State’s highly successful Graduated Licensing Scheme to ensure new drivers are safe drivers on our roads. Mr...

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