Media Releases

NEW NORTHCOTT OFFICE OFFICIALLY OPENED IN WOLLONGONG

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today addressed the official opening of the new Northcott office in Kenny Street, Wollongong. Mr Ward said that Northcott is one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit disability service organisations, which...

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WARD WELCOMES NEW POLICE RECRUITS FOR LAKE ILLAWARRA

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command will welcome three new probationary constables following today’s Police Academy attestation parade of Class of 330. Mr Ward congratulated the new...

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$40,000 BOOST FOR LIONS RESPITE HOUSE IN KIAMA

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today presented $40,000 funding to representatives from the Lions Club of Kiama to help them continue to establish a Respite House for carers and their families in Kiama. Mr Ward said that he was extremely pleased to secure this...

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ILLAWARRA SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE EXTRA SCHOOL ZONE FLASHING LIGHTS

Parliamentary Secretary for Education Gareth Ward has today announced that the safety of students and their families around local Illawarra schools will be given a welcome boost with the installation of additional school zone flashing lights. Mr Ward said that the...

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REGION TO BE SHOWCASED IN HONG KONG

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today announced the South Coast’s pristine coastline and fantastic food and wine will be showcased as a major Australian tourist destination to more than 500,000 potential visitors from Hong...

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REMEMBERING OUR WAR VETERANS ON ANZAC DAY TOMORROW

Member for Kiama and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward is encouraging local residents across the region to tomorrow reflect on the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel from all wars and conflicts this Anzac Day. Mr...

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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TO BE IMPROVED AT WARILLA

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that work will start next month to improve pedestrian safety on Lake Entrance Road at Warilla. Mr Ward said that the NSW Government allocated $220,000 funding to install a signalised pedestrian...

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$200,000 BOOST FOR GERRINGONG LIBRARY PROJECT

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has presented $200,000 funding to Kiama Municipal Council under the New South Wales Government’s 2016-17 Public Libraries Infrastructure Grant program. Mr Ward joined with the Mayor of Kiama Mark Honey and members of the Gerringong &...

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STAY ALERT ON THE ROAD THIS EASTER LONG WEEKEND

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward is encouraging drivers across the region to stay alert this Easter long weekend and take extra care on our roads. Mr Ward said an increase in traffic is expected as friends and families make the...

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS NOW ON A SAFER PATHWAY

The NSW Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward have today announced that people experiencing domestic and family violence will receive tailored, multi-agency support with...

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WARD OFFICIALLY OPENS FOXGROUND BYPASS

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today officially opened the Foxground bypass, in one of the most significant milestones of the $580 million Foxground and Berry bypass project. Mr Ward said the opening means almost half the 12.5 kilometre bypass between Toolijooa Road...

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WARD CONGRATULATES WOLLONGONG FOR MAJOR AWARD

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today congratulated Wollongong City Council on winning a major award category at the Local Government Awards Dinner in Sydney. Mr Ward said he was extremely pleased to see Wollongong City Council recognised for...

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NSW GOVERNMENT RESCUES COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICE

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today both welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to save Community Legal Centres (CLC’s) from a funding crisis by providing more than $6 million in...

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WARD HIGHLIGHTS 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOMADERRY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has delivered a Community Recognition Statement in Parliament to acknowledge the upcoming 150th anniversary of Bomaderry Primary School. Mr Ward said he was extremely pleased to be highlighting...

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MP’S CALL ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT LOCAL JOBS

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today expressed their disappointment with the federal Productivity Commission’s recommendation to axe the NSW’s biofuels mandate. Mrs Hancock and Mr Ward said the axing of the mandate would have a...

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WARD WELCOMES CRIME REDUCTION IN THE ILLAWARRA

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced a downward trend in crime statistics across Kiama and the Illawarra and has praised our local Police officers for their tireless efforts in combating local crime. There have been downward trends...

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RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES SAFER AS CRIME FALLS

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward have praised officers in the Shoalhaven Local Area Command for their tireless efforts in combating local crime. Mrs Hancock said that the most recent quarterly data from the Bureau of Crime...

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VIEW KEY FEATURES OF PROPOSED BERRY TO BOMADERRY UPGRADE

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today released a video of the proposed Berry to Bomaderry upgrade on the Princes Highway, which includes an animated flyover of the project. Mr Ward said that the NSW Government has allocated $18 million this financial year to continue...

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LOCAL MP’S SAY NEW SMASH REPAIR CODE A WIN FOR MOTORISTS

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today announced that the NSW Government has championed the rights of licensed drivers by overseeing the implementation of a new mandatory Code of Conduct, which was agreed to by the motor...

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SHARING THE LOVE ON HOLIDAYS IN THE ILLAWARRA AND SOUTH COAST

The NSW Government is inviting holidaymakers and locals to share videos of their short breaks in the Illawarra and South Coast, as part of a marketing campaign to promote travel to rural and Regional NSW. Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said the campaign...

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS THIS SUNDAY 2ND APRIL

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today reminded local residents across the region that daylight saving time ends this Sunday 2nd April and that clocks should be put back one hour. “This weekend, local residents across the region are advised to turn their clocks back...

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MAINTENANCE WORK CONTINUES ON MOSS VALE ROAD AT BARRENGARRY

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today advised local motorists that changed traffic conditions remain in place on Moss Vale Road at Barrengarry as essential maintenance work continues near Cavan Road. Mr Ward said that one lane is closed for road strengthening, minor...

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Princes Highway Overbridge Maintenance in April

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today reminded local motorists that essential bridge maintenance work will be carried out on the Princes Highway overbridge, above Terralong Street and Jamberoo Road. Mr Ward said that work will continue over four nights between 8pm...

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GARETH GOES FOR GONSKI

In his first act as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Gareth Ward has used the return of Parliament to move a motion calling on the Commonwealth Government to honour its agreement with the NSW Government with respect to Gonski funding. Mr Ward said all Illawarra...

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MENTAL HEALTH INNOVATION FUND ROUND 2 NOW OPEN

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward have today urged local organisations with innovative ideas to apply for a share in the $1.5 million Mental Health Innovation Fund. Mr Ward said the NSW Government’s Mental Health Innovation Fund...

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MARIE BEIKMANIS NAMED 2017 LOCAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has announced Marie Beikmanis as the 2017 Kiama Electorate Woman of the Year. Mr Ward said that Mrs Beikmanis was a very deserving recipient of this prestigious annual award. “Marie Beikmanis is a much loved member of our local Kiama...

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ANZAC MEMORIAL ARTWORK HONOURS LOCAL SOLDIERS

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, today announced that local soldiers who enlisted and fought in the Great War are to be honoured as part of a stunning artwork at the refurbished Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park. Conjola,...

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MESSAGE IN A SMART BOTTLE

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that five branded bottles fitted with GPS trackers will be released into Kanahooka’s Mullet Creek to show locals how far litter can travel once it reaches the community’s waterways. The bottles...

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CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ON MOSS VALE ROAD AT WALKERS LANE

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward is today reminding local motorists that changed traffic conditions remain in place on Moss Vale Road at Walkers Lane as essential maintenance work continues to be carried out at Kangaroo Valley. Mr Ward said that one lane will remain...

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