I was pleased to provide $200,000 to Kiama High School for an upgrade to their Home Economics Room. The upgrade was much needed for both teachers and students as the rooms were 30 years old.
I was extremely pleased to join Principal Graeme Sutherland to officially open the new $3.4 million gym at Kiama High School.
I was honoured to announce $83,000 in funding last year to Kiama Municipal Council for the digitalisation of the Kiama Independent newspaper from 1863, under the Country Libraries Fund program.
With Gerringong Public School students Sebastian Chapman and Harrison Shepherd at the School Fete.
With Councillor Mark Way, Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler and Roads Minister Duncan Gay to announce $212,500 funding to install a 40 metre extension to Kiama Wharf.
In November 2011, I was extremely pleased to host a reception with New South Wales Governor Marie Bashir to thank 400 community volunteers from across our region.
With James Patterson, Ben Blackburn, Michelle Pandevski, Margaret Pottie, Paul Ell and Emma Pottie at the 2012 Relay for Life.
With the 2012 Kiama Woman of the Year recepient Lorraine Montgomery of Berry and the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward. Lorriane does a brilliant job as the National President of VIEW Club Australia and is an outstanding advocate for women across our region.
In July 2012, I was very pleased to join with former Kiama Mayor Sandra McCarthy, Deputy Mayor Warren Steel and Werner Steyer, Chairman of the Illawarra Bicycle Users Group to officially open the Jamberoo Valley Shared Pathway Project.
The 2011 Kiama Student Leaders Forum.
With Steve McConville, President of the Bomaderry Junior Rugby League Football Club to inspect the progress on the new security fence at Bomaderry Oval.
In July 2012, I joined with the former Shoalhaven Mayor Paul Green and Councillor Greg Watson to present two cheques for $40,000 (one from the New South Wales Government and the other from Shoalhaven City Council) to Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club President Terry Lillie
In May 2012, I was please to join with members of the Berry Landcare Group and Bundewallah Bushcare Group to announce $22,500 for an environmental restoration and rehabilitation project in Berry.
In June 2012, I was very proud to host Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in my office to raise important funds for the NSW Cancer Council and its great research to beat cancer.
Gerringong-Sunrise Rotary Club came to visit New South Wales Parliament and I was happy to provide them with a guided tour of the Parliament and its rich history.
In April 2012, I was joined by the Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Victor Dominello to present $20,000 in funding to the Albion Park Men’s Shed.
With the Member for Menai Melanie Gibbons, Premier Barry O’Farrell and Member for Heathcote Lee Evans.
In October 2012, I was honoured to present a $10,000 cheque to Robertson Show Society at its Annual General Meeting to support the upgrade of the Robertson Showground Pavilion.
In November 2012, I was pleased to join with NSW Tourism and Arts Minister George Souris to present a $5,000 cheque to President Doug Faulkner and Musical Director Ross Eggleton to support the 2013 Kiama Jazz Festival which is a popular local event.
In December 2012, I was pleased to visit special needs students at Bomaderry Public School to present them with a $2,035 grant to purchase new iPads for their class.
Clean Up Australia Day with Minnamurra Rotary
Inspecting the Princes Highway upgrade in Gerringong with Premier Barry O’Farrell
Listening to local Gerringong residents on improving public transport
Lee Evans, Anthony Roberts, Gareth presenting cheque for $247,850 to Illawarra Legal Centre
Brad Scotcher, Deputy Director of Nursing, Shelley, Gareth
Presenting a $25,000 cheque to Kiama Anglican Church for a new youth shed
Presenting a $10,000 cheque to the Robertson Tennis Club
Removing graffiti in Albion Park with the Mayor of Shellharbour City Council Marianne Sallba
Gareth with Nieves Murray the CEO of Illawarra Retirement Trust and Jillian Broadbent AO Chancellor of Wollongong University
Kiama Student Leaders Forum 2012
At the official opening of the Curtis Park Arboretum project in Shoalhaven Heads