Northern Rivers Echo Column: July 14 2017

It was great to announce Federal Government funding of $1 million to develop a world-class baseball facility at Albert Park on Monday. This funding will allow Baseball Australia to commit to five years of key national events, international team training camps and national team activities in the area. It will provide over $9 million a…

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Northern Rivers Echo Column: July 6, 2017

It was great to attend the 70th anniversary dinner for the East Lismore Hockey Club on the weekend. They are a wonderful club with much reason to celebrate. I would like to acknowledge the night’s organisers Tracey Drew, Judy Mallett, Janelle Pitman and Jim Savin. Thanks also to the club’s executive: president Chris Clark, secretary…

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Clarence Valley Independent Column: July 5 2017

  It was great to open the $2.5 million upgraded facilities at the Clarence Valley Airport last week. This is an important piece of infrastructure that we need to maintain for our wider community. The terminal building was extended, the runway was strengthened and reshaped, larger baggage handling area and more public car parks. Numbers…

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Northern Rivers Echo Column: June 29, 2017

I spoke about our Order of Australia Medal recipients in Parliament last week. It is always good to acknowledge the great work members of our community do to make our community even better. I would like to congratulate John Barnes from Alstonville who received an OAM for his services to the Northern Rivers community, retired…

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Northern Rivers Echo Column – June 22, 2017

  It’s going to be a couple of great weekends in Lismore over the next fortnight. I am looking forward to going to the annual Lismore Lantern Parade on Saturday night. This is an iconic event that is even more important this year following the recent flood. I would like to thank Jyllie Jackson and…

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Clarence Valley Independent Column: June 21, 2017

Yamba Welding and Engineering has won a Federal Government contract worth more than $5 million. It is to build eight vessels to carry out border control operations around the country. This is great news for Yamba Welding, our local community and importantly people looking for work. Winning this contract will allow them to put on…

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Northern Rivers Echo Column – June 16, 2017

  It was great to visit Modanville Public School recently to talk to the Year 5 and 6 students. They asked great questions about my role as a Member of Parliament. They are visiting Canberra in a few weeks.   XXXX   I recently announced more nest boxes will be installed on the Pacific Highway…

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Woolgoolga Advertiser Column: June 10, 2017

It was great to attend Woolgoolga Surf Club’s presentation night last weekend. Our volunteer lifesavers do a great job keeping our community safe. I would to congratulate all of the award winners, including those who have clocked up more than 10 years of patrolling. In particular I would like to congratulate the club’s Life Saver…

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Northern Rivers Echo Column – June 8, 2017

  We have some of the best co-operatives in the country in our region, which is why I got the Government to establish the new $14 million Farm Co-operatives Centre of Excellence here in Lismore. It has already proved itself to be a great success, providing expert advice to tens of thousands of farmers and…

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Richmond River Express Column: June 7, 2017

  It was another great Beef Week this year when Casino once again stamped itself as the country’s beef capital. I would like to congratulate the Beef Week Committee lead by Stuart George and all the volunteers who helped out, as well as the local businesses that took part. In the run-up to Beef Week…

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