Media Releases

Community feedback invited on prison proposal

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward MP is looking forward to speaking to community members about the Kembla Grange prison proposal when a series of drop-in information and feedback sessions begin on Sunday. Mr Ward is encouraging community members to...

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ADDITIONAL CAPACITY FOR SHOALHAVEN HOSPITAL

Patients at Shoalhaven Hospital will benefit from a $100,000 investment that will support a new six-bed surge unit to use during periods of high demand. Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward announced the $100,000 cash injection,...

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ILLAWARRA TO RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL 19 PARAMEDICS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward MP has today announced that the Illawarra region will benefit from the Berejiklian Government’s record paramedic workforce boost to deliver an extra 750 paramedics and ambulance call centre staff over the next four...

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LOCAL COMPANY PHYCOHEALTH TO BE PROMOTED ON WORLD STAGE

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that local company PhycoHealth in Bolong has been selected by the New South Wales Government to attend the Southern Hemisphere’s largest food industry trade event, Fine Food Australia in Melbourne in September,...

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NSW BUDGET: 100,000 FREE APPRENTICESHIPS

Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today announced that there will be an unprecedented level of support for apprentices in NSW Budget 2018, with the Berejiklian Government to offer...

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RECORD INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH TO HELP SUPPORT WORKERS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today announced that workers will be better supported in the workplace thanks to a $55 million NSW Government investment in...

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NSW BUDGET 2018: A RECORD BOOST TO DELIVER SAFER ROADS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today welcomed a record road safety package from life-saving wire rope barriers, audio tactile line markings, to more highway patrol officers in regional areas, just a...

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CARAVAN REGO REDUCTIONS ON THE WAY FOR MOTORISTS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward is encouraging grey nomads, families and adventurers across our region to take advantage of a 40 per cent reduction in their caravan or camper trailers registration, following...

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HOSPITAL A PRIORITY FOR 2018-19 STATE BUDGET

In two weeks’ time the NSW Government will deliver the 2018-19 State Budget and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward are calling on the Berejiklian Government to secure funds for Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital. Mrs Hancock...

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TAFE ILLAWARRA STUDENTS WIN AT WORLDSKILLS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has congratulated TAFE NSW Wollongong students, Samantha Trotter and Ryan Hepplewhite, who were awarded gold medals at the WorldSkills Australia 2018 National Championships...

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BOCSAR QUARTERLY REVIEW SHOWS DOWNWARD CRIME TREND

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has commended police in the Lake Illawarra and Shoalhaven Police Districts for their exceptional work in fighting local crime. Gareth Ward said that the most recent data from...

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COUNCIL REGIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today announced that the 2018–21 Council Regional Capacity Building Program to fund contaminated land experts in regional areas to help with contaminated site management and provide a local...

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NSW FIRST TO HARMONISE WITH AMENDED COMMONWEALTH MARRIAGE ACT

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today welcomed that NSW has today become the first State or Territory to harmonise comprehensively its laws with the amended Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961. The NSW Parliament has today...

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NSW BUDGET BRINGS MORE WEEKLY BUSES TO THE ILLAWARRA

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward MP has today announced that more than 2,000 extra weekly bus services will be rolled out across NSW in the next 12 months, with customers living in Illawarra benefiting from additional services. Mr Ward, NSW...

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SAFETY WORK TO START ON MOSS VALE ROAD AT CAMBEWARRA MOUNTAIN

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced that changes to line marking on Moss Vale Road at Cambewarra Mountain are on the way to improve safety for motorists. Mr Ward said that a safety review was recently carried out which recommended line marking be changed...

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$13,750 BOOST TO HELP REDUCE FOOD WASTE IN THE ILLAWARRA

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward MP has today announced that Healthy Cities Illawarra has received $13,750 funding under Round 5 of the Love Food Hate Waste program for a Healthy Cities Illawarra Food Smart Project. Mr Ward said that this Love...

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FUNDING BOOST FOR KIAMA MEN’S SHED

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has presented $2,138 funding to representatives at the Kiama Men’s Shed to upgrade their facilities. Mr Ward said that he was extremely pleased to secure this funding from the New South Wales Government for this announcement. “This...

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$5,000 FUNDING BOOST FOR BERRY RIDING CLUB

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has presented $5,000 funding to club representatives from the Berry Riding Club to help upgrade its facilities. Mr Ward said that he was extremely pleased to secure this funding from the New South Wales Government for this terrific...

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DEFIBRILLATOR FOR ST LUKE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH IN BERRY

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has presented $3,000 funding to St Luke’s Anglican Church in Berry. Mr Ward said that he was extremely pleased to secure this funding from the New South Wales Government for this announcement. “This $3,000 funding will allow for St...

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WORK POWERS UP AT CROOM REGIONAL SPORTING COMPLEX

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that the overhead power lines at Croom Regional Sporting Complex will soon be moved underground as part of early work for the Albion Park Rail bypass project begins. Mr Ward today announced the contract to relocate...

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$40 MILLION FUNDING BOOST FOR RAIL UPGRADE

The NSW Government is investing $40 million to upgrade 13 kilometres of the South Coast Line between Berry and Bomaderry allowing heavier trains carrying up to 25 tonne axle loads to use the track. The project, submitted by Manildra Flour Mills, was one of eleven...

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MEDIAN MAKEOVER TO REDUCE MAINTENANCE COSTS ON ILLAWARRA ROADS

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that from grass to concrete – eleven medians around Warrawong, Port Kembla, Wollongong and Unanderra are being upgraded. Mr Ward said that the $620,000 NSW Government funded work will reduce...

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GARETH WARD WELCOMES NDIS COMMITMENT

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today welcomed the agreement between the New South Wales and Australian Governments, confirming New South Wales’ long-term commitment to the National Disability Insurance...

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