Media: 2013

Please find below media releases, articles and blogs from 2013, from the Member for Shellharbour. Just click on the links provided.
For Anna’s most recent media releases, articles and blogs, please follow the link here.

If you would like further information or would like to contribute to the discussion of any issue Anna has raised in the media, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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END OF YEAR AND NO SIGN OF THE ILLAWARRA REGIONAL TRANSPORT PLAN
24 December 2013 – Media Release

27 December 2013 – Illawarra Mercury – MP takes Minister to task over transport plan delay

30 December 2013 – ABC Illawarra News – Illawarra transport plan to be delivered in 2014

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ANNA WATSON ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS GRANTS FOR 10 LOCAL COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
23 December 2013 – Media Release

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NSW GOVERNMENT HIDING SHELLHARBOUR HOUSING TRANSFER STATISTICS
19 December 2013 – Media Release

22 December 2013 – Illawarra Mercury – Empty rooms spark new public housing row

26 December 2013 – Illawarra Mercury – Housing NSW silent on offer to downsize

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WATSON ASKS MINISTER FOR HEALTH FOR EXPLANATION ON WAITING LISTS BLOWOUT
13 December 2013 – Media Release
Click here to see Anna’s letter to the Minister for Health, dated 11 December 2013.

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SIX WORKING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS AND STILL NO SIGN OF ILLAWARRA REGIONAL TRANSPORT PLAN
13 December 2013 – Media Release

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LAKE ILLAWARRA CHAOS MUST END
11 December 2013 – Media Release

12 December 2013 – Illawarra Mercury – Lake Illawarra group seeks public input

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CONGRATULATIONS TO RYAN PARK MP
11 December 2013 – Media Release

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ILLAWARRA INFRASTRUCTURE FUND COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR REGION
5 December 2013 – Media Release

Lake Times – 11 December – Shot in the arm for new aged-care centre

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WARD TELLS ALBION PARK CONSTITUENTS: ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS CAN WAIT
5 December 2013 – Media Release

$1.1 MILLION USED TO RECONFIRM EXISTING 20 YEAR ROAD ROUTE FOR ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS…PERHAPS WE SHOULD NOW RE-INVENT THE WHEEL, SAYS WATSON
3 December 2013 – Media Release

WIN News Wollongong – 3 December 2013 – Albion Park Rail bypass study confirms 20yr old existing route

ABC News – 3 December 2013 – Albion Park bypass study confirms existing route

Illawarra Mercury – 4 December 2013 – $1 million Albion Park bypass study a ‘waste’

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MP SLAMS PROPOSAL FOR ILLAWARRA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
29 November 2013 – Media Release

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STOP PRESS – NSW GOVERNMENT REJECTS PRAISE!
29 November 2013 – Media Release

SLIMMED ILLAWARRA REGIONAL EDUCATION OFFICE STAYS AT WARILLA
28 November 2013 – Media Release

WIN News Wollongong – 28 November 2013 – Regional education office stays in Warilla

ABC News Illawarra – 29 November 2013 – Proposed education office merger between Warilla and Wagga not to proceed

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SHELLHARBOUR PUBLIC SCHOOL WINS ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT
28 November 2013 – Media Release

Lake Times – 4 December 2013 – Grant to help expand food garden

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NSW GOVERNMENT RELIES ON ‘SILLY SEASON’ TO RELEASE ILLAWARRA REGIONAL TRANSPORT PLAN
26 November 2013 – Media Release

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ALBION PARK BYPASS REPORTS TO BE RELEASED IN DECEMBER
22 November 2013 – Media Release

Lake Times – 27 November 2013 – Hopes for an end to the ‘crawl’

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DIRECT ELECTION OF MAYOR A MATTER FOR REFERENDUM, SAYS MINISTER
21 November 2013 – Media Release

WIN News Wollongong – 21 November 2013 – Watson calls for direct election of Shellharbour Mayor

96.5 Wave FM – 25 November 2013 – Shellharbour voting process remains in question

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GRAVES BILL PASSES NSW PARLIAMENT
21 November 2013 – Media Release

WHY DID GARETH WARD ABSTAIN FROM VOTING ON NEW CEMETERY LAWS?
19 November 2013 – Media Release

WIN News Wollongong – 21 November 2013 – NSW Government passes controversial Cemeteries Bill 

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LAKE ILLAWARRA FUTURE STILL NOT CERTAIN
20 November 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 21 November 2013 – State inaction blocks funds for two Lake projects: MP

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ILLAWARRA SHOULD TREAT BUSINESS LEADERS WITH HEALTHY SCEPTICISM, SAYS MP
13 November 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 16 November 2013 – Jindal: inside story on the new Gujarat owners

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FINALLY, AFTER DELAYS, OAK FLATS STATION COMMUTER CAR PARK GETS STARTED
13 November 2013 – Media Release

Lake Times – 18 November 2013 – New commuters’ car park

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WHAT DOES THE MINISTER FOR THE ILLAWARRA ACTUALLY DO?
12 November 2013 – Media Release

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24 PROJECTS IN THE RACE FOR $300,000 IN COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS FUNDING IN SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE
12 November 2013 – Media Release

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WHERE IS THE $1.1 MILLION ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS STUDY REPORT?
7 November 2013 – Media Release

WIN News – 7 November 2013 – NSW State Opposition calls on release of Albion Park Rail bypass study reports

Illawarra Mercury – 8 November 2013 – Release Albion Park bypass reports

Lake Times – 11 November 2013 –War of words over bypass

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WATSON CALLS ON PREMIER TO STOP THE DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS
4 November 2013 – Media Release

MP DEMANDS $100 MILLION ILLAWARRA INFRASTRUCTURE FUND PROJECTS ANNOUNCEMENT
1 November 2013 – Media Release

WHERE IS THE FUNDING FROM THE ILLAWARRA INFRASTRUCTURE FUND?
21 October 2013 – Media Release

WIN News  – 4 November 2013 – Watson calls for Illawarra Infrastructure Fund announcements while NSW Cabinet meets in Nowra

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STATE MPs PAY TRIBUTE TO CFMEU UNION LEADERS & WORKERS AT GUJARAT
1 November 2013 – Joint Media Release with NSW Member for Keira, Ryan Park

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NO EXCUSE FOR SCHOOLS FUNDING CUTS AFTER NEW MONEY FOUND IN BUDGET
31 October 2013 – Media Release

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DAPTO SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE DELIVERED BY BUS
31 October 2013 – Media Release

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MINISTER SHOULD AMEND LAW TO ALLOW DIRECT ELECTION OF SHELLHARBOUR MAYORAL POSITION
29 October 2013 – Media Release

WIN News – 29 October 2013 – Watson calls for direct mayoral election in light of Shellharbour Council controversy

Illawarra Mercury – 29 October 2013 – MP calls for changes to election legislation

96.5 Wave FM – 29 October 2013 – Rankin resigns from the Liberal Party

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MINISTER ASKED TO EXPLAIN CAUSE OF SHELLHARBOUR POWER FAULT
24 October 2013 – Media Release

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NSW PARLIAMENT HEARS CONCERNS OVER FUTURE OF DAPTO TAFE
24 October 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 26 October 2013 – Dapto TAFE concerns raised in Parliament

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THREE LOCAL SHELLHARBOUR SCHOOLS LOSE OUT ON EXTRA FUNDS
23 October 2013 – Media Release

Lake Times – 28 October 2013 – Fund model’s winners and losers

Illawarra Mercury – 25 October 2013 – What funding deal means for our schools

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WATSON BACKS JONES’ CALL ON GETTING GUJARAT MINERS BACK TO WORK
23 October 2013 – Media Release

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CONGRATULATIONS TO STEPHEN JONES MP AND SHARON BIRD MP
18 October 2013 – Media Release

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DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY. FUND INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE SOUTHERN ILLAWARRA
17 October 2013 – Media Release 
Click here to see NSW Planning’s Illawarra 2013 Population Projections.
See also Anna’s speech notes for this Private Member’s Statement.

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WATSON CALLS ON WARD TO CROSS THE FLOOR TO SUPPORT LABOR ON CSG BAN
17 October 2013 – Media Release

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GUJARAT NRE TAKEOVER
16 October 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 17 October 2013 – Gujurat NRE update
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OAK FLATS STATION COMMUTER CAR PARK
16 October 2013 – Media Release

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WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL CITIZEN PANEL MEMBERS SHOULD BE REVEALED
14 October 2013 – Media Release

WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL’S ‘SECRET SOCIETY’ NOT GOOD ENOUGH
15 October 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 23 October 2013 – Council financial review ‘flawed’

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Illawarra Mercury – 13 October 2013 – The Illawarra races against Alzheimer’s

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Illawarra Mercury – 12 October 2013 – New hub will help the Illawarra’s homeless

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MINISTER FOR ILLAWARRA SHOULD LEAVE POLITICAL CHEAP SHOTS AT THE DOOR
10 October 2013 – Joint Media Release with NSW Member for Keira, Ryan Park.

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FINAL RELEASE OF NEW SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE BOUNDARY
19 September 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 23 September 2013 – Liberal MPs benefit in boundary redraw

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TRANSPORT MINISTER DOESN’T LISTEN TO SHELLHARBOUR RESIDENTS
19 September 2013 – Joint Media Release with NSW Shadow Minister for Transport, Penny Sharpe.

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REVEALED: CONTRACTS FOR PET SCANNER STILL NOT FINALISED
19 September 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 23 September 2013 – Promised PET scanner still months away

96.5 Wave FM – 20 September 2013 – Wollongong waits on PET scanner

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LIBERAL TURMOIL ON SHELLHARBOUR COUNCIL SHOULD BE SORTED OUT
19 September 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 20 September 2013 – Shellharbour mayoral spat turns ugly

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WATSON WELCOMES HOSPITAL DESIGN TEAM, BUT FUNDING ROAD MAP STILL MISSING
18 September 2013 – Media Release

WATSON WELCOMES RELEASE OF SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL SERVICES PLAN
17 September 2013 – Media Release

WIN News – 17 September 2013 – Shellharbour Hospital Services Plan released

Illawarra Mercury – 19 September 2013 – Shellharbour Hospital funds may bring 500 jobs

Lake Times – 23 September 2013 – Shellharbour Hospital plan closer

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SHORT-LISTED PROJECTS FOR THE $100 MILLION ILLAWARRA FUND
8 August 2013 – Media Release

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ANNA WATSON APOLOGY OVER ALLOWANCE CLAIM ERROR
7 August 2013 – Media Statement

Illawarra Mercury – 7 August 2013 – Watson says sorry

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DELAYED WORK AT DAPTO STATION NOW UNDERWAY
6 August 2013 – Media Release

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Lake Times – 6 August 2013 – Shadow Minister for Water joins Watson in calls for a solution to the spilling sewage

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MANY TO BE DISAPPOINTED FROM THE ILLAWARRA ‘KICK IN THE GUT’ FUND
1 August 2013 – Media Release

ILLAWARRA ‘KICK IN THE GUT FUND PANELS ARE ALL SHOW
2 August 2013 – Media Release

Lake Times – 22 July 2013 – Plea for track funding

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ILLAWARRA GETS A NEW FACELESS MINISTER
1 August 2013 – Media Release 

WILL NEW FACELESS MINISTER RE-OPEN WOLLONGONG MINISTERIAL OFFICE?
2 August 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 2 August 2013 – Illawarra Minister sacked: another one bites the dust

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FUNDING MISH-MASH FOR ILLAWARRA HOSPITAL UPGRADES
30 July 2013 – Media Release 

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ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS STUDY FINISH DATE PUSHED BACK
29 July 2013 – Media Release 

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COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIP APPLICATIONS CLOSE IN A WEEK
23 July 2013 – Media Release 

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THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS FOR ILLAWARRA: WHERE’S OUR $240 MILLION?
23 July 2013 – Media Release 

Illawarra Mercury – 24 July 2013 – O’Farrell trip latest in the Illawarra charm offensive

Illawarra Mercury – 30 July 2013 – Greg Pearce coy on 15 luxury hotel stays

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ANNA WATSON BACKS NURSE STRIKE CAMPAIGN
17 July 2013 – Media Release 

ANNA WATSON SUPPORTS NURSES’ ACTION
24 July 2013 – Media Release

Lake Times – 29 July 2013 – Nurses set for long-haul fight 

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AFTER 12 MONTH DELAY, WORK TO FINALLY START ON DAPTO STATION UPGRADE
17 July 2013 – Media Release

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ANNA WATSON WELCOMES ILLAWARRA MEDICAL HELICOPTER ANNOUNCEMENT
17 July 2013 – Media Release 

Illawarra Mercury – 19 July 2013 – Helicopter reform plan lacks detail: Rorris

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Illawarra Mercury BLOG – 15 July 2013 – The tricky topic of teens and alcohol

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WATSON PREDICTS $100 MILLION ILLAWARRA FUND WILL DISAPPOINT MANY
12 July 2013 – Media Release

ILLAWARRA ASSESSMENT PANEL A BOY’S CLUB
15 July 2013 – Media Release

MINISTER PUTS THE ‘CON’ IN CONSULTATION ON $100 MILLION ILLAWARRA FUND
15 July 2013 – Media Release

MINISTER FOR THE ILLAWARRA SHOWS HE’S OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE REGION
16 July 2013 – Media Release

96.5 Wave FM – 15 July 2013 – Money from Port deal could come to the Illawarra sooner

Illawarra Mercury – 16 July 2013 – Local leaders’ panel to allocate $100 million funding

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CLARIFICATION NEEDED ON WOLLONGONG HOSPITAL PET SCANNER
10 July 2013 – Media Release

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IT’S JULY AND THERE IS STILL NO MOVEMENT AT THE STATION – NO WORKS STARTED YET AT OAK FLATS OR DAPTO STATIONS
9 July 2013 –Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 10 July 2013 – Government off track on Dapto and Oak Flats upgrades

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WATSON SLAMS NSW GOVERNMENT OVER BED TAX TARGET IN SHELLHARBOUR
8 July 2013 –Media Release

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MINISTER FOR THE ILLAWARRA CAN’T ANSWER SIMPLE QUESTION ON SHELLHARBOUR VISITS
3 July 2013 – Media Release 

Illawarra Mercury – 13 July 2013 – Hard act to follow: stand-in more popular than Pearce

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Illawarra Mercury – 3 July 2013 – Funding push for vital Shellharbour Hospital upgrade

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GARETH WARD SHOULD REPUDIATE DUNCAN GAY’S ‘WHINGERS’ CLAIM
28 June, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 28 June 2013 – VIDEO: Duncan Gay calls the Illawarra a ‘mob of whingers’

ABC News – 28 June 2013 – Calling on Duncan Gay to apologise to the Illawarra

Illawarra Mercury – 29 June 2013 – Duncan Gay says ‘whingers’ slur is putting it mildly

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WOLLONGONG LIBERAL COUNCILLOR REVEALS SPLIT ON $100 MILLION REGIONAL FUNDING
25 June, 2013 –Media Release

WATSON SUPPORTS FOWLERS ROAD BRIDGE FUNDING CALL
21 June, 2013 – Media Release

ABC News – 25 June 2013 – Wollongong Council demans bigger slice of $760-million port pie

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WHAT A CON JOB – WE GET TO KEEP WHAT’S OURS ANYWAY
20 June, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 22 June 2013 – How the community saved the rescue chopper

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BUDGET LET DOWN FOR SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL
18 June 2013 – Media Release

ILLAWARRA SOLD SHORT BY PORT KEMBLA SALE
18 June 2013 – Media Release

ILLAWARRA SHOULD UNITE TO DEMAND BETTER DEAL OF PORT FUNDING
19 June 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 19 June 2013 – Budget for the Illawarra: MPs reaction

ABC News Illawarra – 19 June 2013 – Labor MPs despair at Illawarra budget offerings

Wollongong Advertiser – 26 June 2013 – Uproar over Port deal

Illawarra Mercury – 29 June 2013 – Smoke & mirrors used to cover up port injustice

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NSW ELECTORATE DISTRIBUTION – CHANGES TO SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE
17 June, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 17 June 2013 – Watson embraces changes for ‘construction central’

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PEOPLE POWER FORCES NSW GOVERNMENT TO START BYPASS PLANNING
14 June, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 17 June 2013 – MPs demand action on Albion Park bypass

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OAK FLATS STATION COMMUTER CAR PARK DELAYED YET AGAIN
14 June, 2013 – Media Release
To see the discrepancies in Transport NSW’s Transport Action Plan, Click here.

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MINISTER FOR THE ILLAWARRA DUCKS QUESTIONS ON ILLAWARRA SOUTH COAST REGIONAL ACTION PLAN
14 June, 2013 – Media Release

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$96,000 FOR SOUTHERN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
14 June, 2013 – Media Release

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WATSON SLAMS GAG CLAUSES ON NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS DELIVERING COMMUNITY SERVICES
13 June, 2013 – Media Release

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WOLLONGONG LIBERAL COUNCILLOR BELLS THE CAT ON BEGGING BOWL FUTURE FOR LAKE ILLAWARRA
11 June, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 11 June 2013 – Council seeks Government funds for Lake

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Lake Times – 5 June 2013 – Northcott service provider growing

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MINISTER FOR THE ILLAWARRA A NO-SHOW AT INFRASTRUCTURE FUND BRIEFING
5 June, 2013 – Media Release

WIN News – 5 June 2013 – Briefing for Illawarra  Infrastructure Fund

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COUNCILS SHOULD BLOCK LAKE ILLAWARRA TRANSITION UNTIL COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS TAKE PLACE
6 June, 2013 – Media Release

LAKE ILLAWARRA RECOMMENDATIONS SHOULD BE PUT TO THE COMMUNITY
3 June, 2013 – Media Release

WIN News – 31 May 2013 – Call for public consultation on Lake Illawarra

Illawarra Mercury – 3 June 2013 – After 25 years, axe falls for Lake Illawarra guardian

Lake Times – 3 June 2013 – New body in charge of  Lake Illawarra

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VICTIMS OF CRIME ABANDONED UNDER DISGRACEFUL NEW LIBERAL LAWS
30 May, 2013 – Media Release

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WATSON SUPPOTS NURSES’ CAMPAIGN ON BETTER RATIOS BY PROMOTING ADVERTISEMENTS
30 May, 2013 – Media Release

LOCAL NURSES LET DOWN BY LIBERAL SHELLHARBOUR COUNCILLORS, NSW PARLIAMENT TOLD
24 May, 2013 – Media Release

NURSES’ REQUEST FOR A ‘FAIR GO’ TURNED DOWN BY NSW GOVERNMENT
16 May, 2013 – Media release

Illawarra Mercury – 31 May 2013 – WATCH: Nurses’ campaign wins political support

Lake Times – 3 June 2013 – Region’s nurses demand a fair go

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DAPTO TO BECOME A MINI-CITY: TIME FOR THE NSW GOVERNMENT TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE
30 May, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 1 June 2013 – As Dapto surges, roads lagging behind: MP

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DEADLINE LOOMS FOR ENERGY REBATE APPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL FAMILIES
28 May, 2013 – Media Release

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PAYROLL TAX REBATE A FAILURE IN SHELLHARBOUR – ONLY 4 BUSINESSES OUT OF 318 GOT IT
24 May, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 28 May 2013 – Tax rebate jobs initiative ‘an abject failure’

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HOPES INFRASTRUCTURE NSW TURMOIL WILL NOT HIT ILLAWARRA PROJECTS
23 May, 2013 – Media Release

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SHELL COVE STATION NAME CHANGE NOT A DONE DEAL, SAYS WATSON
22 May, 2013 – Media Release
To see a copy of the letter from the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance, the Hon Matthew Mason-Cox MLC in regards to this issue – click here.

GARETH WARD LABELLED A ROMAN CAESAR OVER NEW STATION RE-NAMING
23 May, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 23 May 2013 – MP’s bid to derail renamed Flinders station

Illawarra Mercury – 27 May 2013 – Parliament sees feathers fly over Flinders

Lake Times – 29 May 2013 – MPs cry ‘fowl’ over station

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NSW SKILLS LIST HAS BEEN RELEASED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
21 May, 2013 – Media Release

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BEWARE – NSW ENERGY REBATE SCAM UNDERWAY
17 May, 2013 – Media release

Illawarra Mercury – 18 May 2013 – Illawarra warning over cold calls by scam artists

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RELEASE NEW DRAFT TRAIN TIMETABLE SO COMMUTERS GET A SAY, SAYS WATSON
16 May, 2013 – Media release

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PRINCES HIGHWAY UPGRADE – WARD CAUGHT OUT PLAYING POLITICS…AGAIN!
17 May 2013 – Media release

PRINCES HIGHWAY – WISE WORDS TO REMEMBER, GARETH
15 May, 2013 – Media Release

WARD SHOULD REVEAL FEDERAL LIBERAL FUNDING PLEDGE ON PRINCES HIGHWAY
15 May, 2013 – Media Release

WARD PLAYING POLITICS WITH PRINCES HIGHWAY AGAIN
14 May, 2013 – Media Release

Anna’s Illawarra Mercury blog – 23 May 2013 – Stop the juvenile politicking

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LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS SHOULD START PLANNING FOR 2013 COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM
14 May, 2013 – Media Release

Anna’s Illawarra Mercury blog – 15 May 2013 – Cash helps build a community

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON NRMA SEEING RED ON ROADS 2013 SURVEY
13 May, 2013 – Media Release

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LOCAL ROAD PROJECTS AT DAPTO AND WEST DAPTO TOP WATSON WISH LIST FOR SLICE OF $100 MILLION PORT PROCEEDS FUND
10 May, 2013 – Media Release

DAPTO AND WEST DAPTO ROADS ON WATSON’S LIST FOR $100 MILLION PORT and RESOURCES FOR REGION’S FUNDING
2 May, 2013 – Media Release

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WATSON TAKES NURSES RATIO FIGHT AND LAKE ILLAWARRA FUTURE TO FLOOR OF NSW PARLIAMENT
1 May, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 2 May 2013 – Hospital staffing debate reaches Parliament

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ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS STUDY TO BE FINALISED BY MID-2013
1 May, 2013 – Media Release

96.5 Wave FM – 2 May 2013 – Albion Park Rail bypass – What’s the go?

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WATSON SUPPORTS PARKS CALL FOR DECISION ON ILLAWARRA HELICOPTER FUTURE
30 April, 2013 – Media Release

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TIME TO STOP STALLING: RELEASE THE LAKE ILLAWARRA REPORT!
23 April, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 1 May 2013 – Public in the dark over future of Lake Illawarra

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DEALS ON SCHOOLS FUNDING WELCOMED
23 April, 2013 – Media Release

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WATSON JOINS LOCAL NURSES TO FIGHT FOR BETTER NURSE-TO-PATIENT RATIOS
22 April, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 24 April 2013 – Nurses to rally in support of safe patient ratios

WIN News -24 April 2013 – Shellharbour Hospital nurses rally for ratios

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TIME RUNNING OUT FOR SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL UPGRADES CONSULTATION
19 April, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 20 April 2013 – Deadline looms for hospital

96.5 Wave FM – 20 April 2013 – Shellharbour Hospital upgrade

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ILLAWARRA REGIONAL GROWTH PLAN DISCUSSION PAPER RELEASE MISSES MARCH DEADLINE
18 April, 2013 – Media Release

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WARD RE-ANNOUNCEMENTS ON LOCAL TRANSPORT HAVE MORE RE-HEATS THAN A PLATE OF PASTA
17 April, 2013 – Media Release

WIN News – 17 April 2013 – Oak Flats Station carpark, more reheats than a plate of pasta

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NSW TREASURER CONFIRMS NO MORE MONEY AND CONFIRMS POLITICAL DECISION-MAKING ON PROJECTS
16 April, 2013 – Media Release

Anna’s Illawarra Mercury Blog – 17 April 2013 – Illawarra will be short-changed by lease

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SHELLHARBOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT FORUM CALLS FOR SHELL-SHUTTLE
15 April, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 15 April 2013 – Residents to air transport concerns at ALP forum

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON PLANNING SYSTEM WHITE PAPER
16 April, 2013 – Media Release

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NSW GOVERNMENT FOR DISCUSSION PAPERS, PLANS, PAPER SHUFFLING and PAPER CUTS
15 April, 2013 – Media Release

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NSW GOVERNMENT SHOULD INCREASE PORT CONTRIBUTION TO ILLAWARRA
12 April, 2013 – Media Release

96.5 Wave FM – 12 April 2013 – Port Kembla lease deal 

Illawarra Mercury – 13 April – $5 billion port windfall: what it means for us

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EIGHT LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS BENEFIT FROM $300,000 IN PROJECT GRANT FUNDING
11 April, 2013 – Media Release

Check out Anna’s Facebook album of Community Building Partnership Grant recipients here

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PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS ON SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL MASTER PLAN WELCOMED
10 April, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 11 April 2013 – Shellharbour Hospital’s role to change

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON TRANSPORT NEEDS IN SOUTHERN ILLAWARRA
10 April, 2013 – Media Release

NSW GOVERNMENT WILL TALK TO ITSELF ABOUT ILLAWARRA REGIONAL TRANSPORT PLAN
5 April, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 6 April 2013 – War of words over Illawarra transport

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NSW GOVERNMENT MUST EXPLAIN DELAY IN LAKE ILLAWARRA REPORT
4 April, 2013 – Media Release

ABC News – 5 April 2013 – Overdue Lake Illawarra review nearly complete

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TENDER CALL FOR FLINDERS STATION WELCOMED BUT ISSUES STILL REMAIN OVER COST AND NAME CHANGE
3 April, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 22 April 2013 – Flinders to get new rail station by 2014

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CAUGHT OUT!! WARD PLAYS POLITICS WITH ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS
28 March, 2013 – Media Release

Anna’s Illawarra Mercury blog – 7 April 2013 – Highway bypass long overdue

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ILLAWARRA SET TO LOSE REGIONAL EDUCATION OFFICE TO WAGGA
28 March, 2013 – Media Release

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HEALTH CARE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION HOLDING A WEBINAR
28 March, 2013 – Media Release

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WATSON URGES NSW GOVERNMENT TO START UPGRADE OF SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL
27 March, 2013 – Media Release

ABC News – 28 March 2013 – Shellharbour MP calling for hospital upgrade

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WARD MUST THINK ILLAWARRA IS FULL OF DIM WITS
27 March, 2013 –  Media Release

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NSW GOVERNMENT KITE-FLYING OVER HELICOPTER RELOCATION
27 March, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 28 March, 2013 – Club steps up fight to keep rescue helicopter

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CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW ILLAWARRA MINISTER
26 March, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 27 March, 2013 – Bird gets seal of approval from education body

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WATSON WELCOMES WEST DAPTO ROAD TENDER
26 March 2013 – Media Release

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WILL THE ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS STUDY BE RELEASED TODAY?
21 March, 2013 – Media Release

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WARD SHOULD STOP TRYING TO BULLY SHELLHARBOUR CITY COUNCIL
20 March, 2013 – Media Release
Click here for the Local Government NSW press release, 14 March 2013, calling for deferral of the Early Intervention Bill.

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WATSON URGES LOCAL COMMUNITY TO SPEAK UP FOR TAFE
15 March 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 20 March 2013  O’Farrell chipping away at TAFE: Watson

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RELOCATE DAPTO STATION AND BUILD RAMPS SAYS WATSON
19 March, 2013 – Media Release

Anna’s Illawarra Mercury Blog – 18 March, 2013  Traffic the main issue facing Dapto community

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Wollongong Advertiser & Lake Times  14 March, 2013 – Politicians unite to support Sparking Life’s organ donation appeal

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Illawarra Mercury – 14 March, 2013 –  Lake authority facing uncertain future: MP

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Anna’s Illawarra Mercury Blog:  Future bright for Shellharbour Hospital

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PLAN TO EASE PARKING CONGESTION 
8 March, 2013 – Joint Media Release with Ryan Park, Member for Keira and Shadow Minister for Roads.

Illawarra Mercury – 11 March, 2013 –  Bus would solve UOW traffic problem: MP

WIN News – 8 March 2013 – MPs call for UOW Metrobus to Shellharbour

ABC Illawarra News – 15 March 2013 – Shellharbour free shuttle bus going nowhere under NSW O’Farrell Government

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Illawarra Mercury – 9 March, 2013  Libs wants Albion Park Rail booth axed

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UPGRADES TO SHELLHARBOUR WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT WERE FLAGGED BY MINISTER LAST SEPTEMBER 
7 March, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 7 March, 2013 – Answers sought over Shellharbour sewage spill

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DEDICATION OF HARRISON PARK
8 March, 2013  Media Release

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GIVE THE JOB TO GARETH FOR GOODNESS SAKE
7 March, 2013  Media Release

Anna’s Illawarra Mercury Blog – 7 March 2013 – Give the job to Gareth Ward for goodness sake!

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WILL MINISTER REVEAL $100 MILLION PORT FUND PROJECTS DURING RARE VISIT?
6 March 2013 – Media Release
Click here to see Nick Greiner’s letter to Anna Watson, dated 19 February 2013, referred to in this media release.

REGION ROBBED OF SAY IN HOW $100 MILLION PORT FUND WILL BE USED
1 March, 2013 – Media Release

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NOISE MONITORING FOR LAVER ROAD DAPTO WELCOMED BY RESIDENTS
6 March, 2013 – Media Release

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WARD SHOULD STOP PLAYING POLITICS ON PRINCES HIGHWAY FUNDING 
5 March, 2013 – Media Release

96.5 Wave FM – 5 March, 2013 – Princes Highway funding back in the spotlight

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Anna’s Illawarra Mercury Blog – 4 March, 2013 – Station must stay as Flinders

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LAKE ILLAWARRA REVIEW REPORT MUST HAVE FURTHER CONSULTATIONS
28 February, 2013 – Media Release

96.5 Wave FM – 28 February 2013 – Lake Illawarra review

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WATSON SUPPORTS MAYOR’S CALL FOR DIRECT ELECTION
26 February, 2013 – Media Release

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LAST DAYS TO HELP SAVE THE ILLAWARRA EMERGENCY HELICOPTER SERVICE
19 February, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 25 February, 2013 – Mayor calls for chopper service to be saved

Illawarra Mercury – 22 February, 2013 – Community urged to back chopper fight

96.5 Wave FM – 3 January 2013 – Saving the Illawarra Rescue Helicopter service

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WATSON GAGGED BY NSW GOVERNMENT OVER FLINDERS STATION TO RENAME
21 February, 2013 – Media Release

WATSON SEEKS ANSWERS ON PROPOSED FLINDERS STATION RENAME FROM HISTORICALLY IGNORANT NSW GOVERNMENT
20 February, 2013 – Media Release

WATSON SLAMS WARD ARROGANCE ON FLINDERS RENAME
17 February, 2013 – Media Release

96.5 Wave FM – 18 February 2013 – Flinders Station rename

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Illawarra Mercury – 16 February, 2013 – Politicians told of community’s concerns

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WATSON WARNS WATERFALL STATION COMMUTERS TO BEWARE OF THE DEVIL IN THE DETAIL ON NEW STATION UPGRADE
14 February, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 15 February 2013 Waterfall gets nod for station upgrade

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LOCAL COUNCILS TO SHARE IN $5,000 FUNDING FOR YOUTH WEEK
13 February, 2013 – Media Release

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CALDERWOOD BACKFLIP LEADS TO URGENT SUMMIT CALL
7 February, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 8 February, 2013 Opposition to Calderwood project grows

96.5 Wave FM – 7 February 2013 – Calderwood development

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MINISTER MUST COMMIT TO FUNDING FOR SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL UPGRADE
6 February, 2013 – Media Release

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$100,000 ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS STUDY WON’T BE READY UNTIL 2015
1 February, 2013 – Media Release

MINISTER FOR ROADS DOES A DRIVE-BY, BUT STILL NO STUDY ON ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS REPORT
31 January, 2013 – Media Release

ANOTHER AUSTRALIA DAY LONG WEEKEND AND STILL NO SIGN OF ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS STUDY
25 January, 2013 – Media Release
As in this media release, click here to see the Questions and Answers Paper No 128 to Minister for Roads and Ports, Hon Duncan Gay MLC, from Anna Watson MP.

Illawarra Mercury5 February, 2013Albion Park Bypass study two years away

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WATSON TO PUSH FOR RDA ILLAWARRA INVOLVEMENT IN $100 MILLION PORT PROJECT FUND
25 January, 2013 – Media Release

WILL TREASURER MIKE BAIRD TELL THE ILLAWARRA WHERE THE $100 MILLION IS GOING DURING HIS VISIT TOMORROW?
23 January, 2013 – Media Release
As mentioned in the media release:
• Click here to see a copy of the letter from Anna Watson MP to Infrastructure NSW, dated 15 July 2012.
Click here to see Media release from Hon Mike Baird MP & Hon Duncan Gay MP, dated  27 July 2012

$100 MILLION FROM PORT LEASE MUST BE PUT TO GOOD USE
11 January, 2013 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 26 January, 2013Call for Illawarra role in $100 million in Port spend

Illawarra Mercury12 January, 2013Call for Government to show plans for Port cash

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