Media: 2015

Please find below media releases, articles and blogs from the Member for Shellharbour for 2015, by clicking on the links provided.
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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WOLLONGONG COAL ANNOUNCEMENT
18 December 2015 –
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Illawarra Mercury – 19 December 2015 – Delta to direct Wollongong Coal mine hires

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BEWARE WARD’S WEASEL WORDS ON COUNCIL MERGERS
18 December 2015 – Media Release

WARD GUARANTEE ON ILLAWARRA COUNCIL MERGERS WORTHLESS
18 December 2015 – Media Release

ABC Illawarra – 18 December 2015 – Illawarra coastal councils to merge

Illawarra Mercury – 19 December 2015 – Council mergers: Ward won’t support Government plan

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LOCAL SPORT GRANTS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
15 December 2015 – Media Release

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HEALTH MINISTER CALLED ON TO START SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL UPGRADE IN 2016 BUDGET
8 December 2015 – Media Release

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PORTS’ BOSS COMMENTS ON MALDON DOMBARTON PUTS HEAT ON MINISTER TO EXPLAIN BID DEBACLE
3 December 2015 – Media Release

MALDON DOMBARTON PROJECT DERAILED
2 December 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 3 December 2015 – Maldon-Dombarton line plan falls through

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GREENS PARTY STEEL BILL PROVIDES WIDE-RANGING EXEMPTIONS WATERING DOWN 100% TARGET
27 November 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 30 November 2015 – Greens unlikely saviour: Phillips

Illawarra Mercury – 1 December 2015 – Green’s steel bill under scrutiny

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STATE GOVERNMENT SERVICES BLACK HOLE IN SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE
26 November 2015 – Media Release

SHELLHARBOUR MOTOR REGISTRY TO CLOSE ON THURSDAY
24 November 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times – 9 December 2015 – A new home for motor registry

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NEW ILLAWARRA GROWTH PLAN DELIVERS ONLY ANOTHER LEVEL OF BUREAUCRACY
24 November 2015 – Media Release

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STATE GOVERNMENT ADOPTS ANOTHER POINT FROM ILLAWARRA LABOR’S 10 POINT PLAN ON SUPPORTING JOBS
24 November 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 25 November 2015 – Bluescope workers’ fee-free help

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SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL UPGRADE YEARS AWAY SAYS STATE GOVERNMENT

18 November 2015 – Media Release

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WATSON SUPPORT FOR 90% STEEL USE IN STATE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN PETITION DEBATE
11 November 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 12 November 2015 – Steel debate reaches State Parliament

ABC News – 11 November 2015 – 15,000 signature Illawarra steel petition debated in NSW Parliament

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MINISTER REFUSES TO MEET OVER FUTURE OF DAPTO TAFE
10 November 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 12 November 2015 – Specialist equity staff from TAFE Illawarra Institute getting early Christmas present of unemployment

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WARD MUST FIGHT AGAINST CUTS TO DISABILITY HELP AT TAFE
10 November 2015 – Media Release

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WATSON WELCOMES RELEASE OF ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS EIS
28 October 2015 – Media Release

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BLUESCOPE STEEL ANNOUNCEMENT WELCOMED
26 October 2015 – Media Release

MINISTER’S WEASEL WORDS ON STEEL PROCUREMENT
22 October 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 27 October 2015 – Workers real steel saviours

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FINAL COST OF ‘GARETH’S GAZEBO’ BOGGED DOWN
15 October 2015 – Media Release

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NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS SLATED FOR NEW LAKE ENTRANCE ROAD ROUND-ABOUT
15 October 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 19 October 2015 – Traffic lights for notorious Oak Flats intersection

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HOW MUCH LONGER DO WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR STATE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO STEEL CRISIS?
13 October 2015 – Media Release

BIS SHRAPNEL REPORT HELPFUL IN PROCUREMENT OVERHAUL
8 October 2015 – Media Release

STEEL WORKERS HAVE DONE THEIR BIT. WHERE IS STATE GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE?
8 October 2015 – Media Release

SERIOUSLY!! HOW MANY MORE TALKFESTS DO WE REALLY NEED ON STEEL CRISIS
7 October 2015 – Media Release

PREMIER’S LETTER CONTRADICTS WARD CLAIMS ON STEEL
23 September 2015 – Media Release

WARD FLOUNDERING ON STATE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE ON STEEL CRISIS
21 September 2015 – Media Release

WATSON WELCOMES STEEL PETITION
17 September 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 18 September 2015 – Community steelworks petition handed to Illawarra politicians at State Parliament

Illawarra Mercury – 18 September 2015 – Under fire: Illawarra community steel petition doesn’t have Gareth Ward’s full support

Illawarra Mercury – 18 September 2015 – Illawarra State politicians supportive of fight to save Port Kembla steelworks, industry

Illawarra Mercury – 25 September 2015 – Illawarra Labor MPs accuse the government of trying to ‘crab walk’ away from saving thee Port Kembla steelworks

Illawarra Mercury – 8 October 2015 – Pyne to meet BlueScope, unions for steel talks

Illawarra Mercury – 8 October 2015 – D-Day for Port Kembla steelworks

Illawarra Mercury – 9 October 2015 – Steel procurement legislation to be put before NSW Parliament

Illawarra Mercury – 9 October 2015 – Government action needed as fight to save the Port Kembla steelworks continues

Illawarra Mercury – 14 October 2015 – Steel waiting, Premier! Gladys Berejiklian, Mike Baird urged to tell Illawarra what NSW government will do to help save the steel industry

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WATSON STARTS LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN TO STOP DAPTO TAFE SELL-OFF
23 September 2015 – Media Release

WATSON MOVES MOTION TO STRIKE DAPTO TAFE FROM STATE GOVERNMENT’S SELL-OFF HIT LIST
15 September 2015 – Media Release

STATE GOVERNMENT MUST RULE OUT DAPTO TAFE SELL-OFF
14 September 2015 – Media Release

LEAKED CABINET PAPER CONFIRMS DAPTO TAFE SELL-OFF
13 September 2015 – Media Release

STATE GOVERNMENT PLAYS SECRET SQUIRREL ON DAPTO TAFE CAMPUS
11 September 2015 – Media Release

STATE GOVERNMENT PLANNING TO SELL-OFF DAPTO TAFE CAMPUS
4 September 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 13 September 2015 – Dapto TAFE to be sold off

Illawarra Mercury – 14 September 2015 – Dapto just part of big TAFE sell-off

Illawarra Mercury – 15 September 2015 – Watson calls on community to fight proposed Dapto TAFE sell-off

Illawarra Mercury – 16 September 2015 – Not for sale: Anna Watson wants Dapto TAFE removed from sell-off list 

Illawarra Mercury – 21 September 2015 – TAFE talks ongoing amid sale fears

Illawarra Mercury – 23 September 2015 – Watson wants Dapto, West Dapto residents to join fight to save Dapto TAFE from sale

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MINISTER CONFIRMS NO SERVICE NSW CENTRE FOR SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE
21 September 2015 – Media Release

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WATSON TELLS STATE PARLIAMENT WOLLONGONG COAL WILL LOSE HER SUPPORT FOR TREATMENT FOR WORKERS
18 September 2015 – Media Release

WATSON PUTS WOLLONGONG COAL ON NOTICE
17 September 2015 – Media Release

Mining Australia – 17 September 2015 – MP lashes out at Wollongong Coal over treatment of workers

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STATE GOVERNMENT MUST STUMP UP WEST DAPTO FUNDS
14 September 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 15 September 2015 – West Dapto land leases should be put on hold: Watson

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SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE HOUSEHOLDS TO HAVE A VOTE ON COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS FUNDING
11 September 2015 – Media Release

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NSW LABOR ANNOUNCES PLAN TO HELP SUPPORT LOCAL JOBS
4 September 2015 – Media Release

WATSON CALLS FOR START TO SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL & ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS IN FACE OF STEEL CRISIS
25 August 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 26 August 2015 – Baird urged to talk on Port’s future

Illawarra Mercury – 4 September 2015 – Labor’s 10-point plan to combat Illawarra jobs crisis

Prime7 – 4 September 2015 – NSW Labor’s 10-point plan to save local jobs

WIN News Illawarra – 4 September 2015 – Labor’s 10-point plan to save jobs in growing crisis

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LOCAL STATE MP ATTACKS CHAOTICALLY RUN COMPANIES FOR CAUSING ILLAWARRA JOB LOSSES
1 September 2015 – Media Release

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PREMIER REFUSES FOR SECOND TIME TO DETAIL MEETING WITH BLUESCOPE STEEL
10 September 2015 – Media Release

PREMIER MISSING IN ACTION ON STEEL JOBS CRISIS – LETTER REVEALS
3 September 2015 – Media Release

WATSON SLAMS WARD FOR ATTACK ON BLUESCOPE WORKERS
25 August 2015 – Media Release

ONUS NOW ON PREMIER TO MAKE STEEL STATEMENT TO STATE PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK
24 August 2015 – Media Release

ILLAWARRA BUSINESS GROUP ATTACK ON STEEL WORKERS SLAMMED
13 August 2015 – Media Release

PREMIER’S ‘NO SPEAKIES’ MUST END AFTER RELEASE OF STEEL IMPACT REPORT
11 August 2015  Media Release

BAIRD SECRECY ON BLUESCOPE MEETING UNACCEPTABLE
10 August 2015 – Media Release

WATSON CALLS ON PREMIER TO MAKE MINISTERIAL STATEMENT ON ILLAWARRA STEEL CRISIS
7 August 2015 – Media Release

PREMIER’S MEETING WITH BLUESCOPE STEEL NEEDS EXPLANATION
5 August 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 6 August 2015 – Save our steelworks: Premier’s ‘relaxed attitude’ perplexes MP

Illawarra Mercury – 10 August 2015 – MP calls for transparency from BlueScope Steel management

Illawarra Mercury – 10 August 2015 – BlueScope Steel asks for state government’s help

Illawarra Mercury – 14 August 2015 – Unions challenged to aid BlueScope game-change

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WATSON REJECTS SERVICE NSW BRIEFING ON NEW WARRAWONG CENTRE
20 August 2015 – Media Release

SHELLHARBOUR MOTOR REGISTRY TO CLOSE LEAVING SERVICE BLACKHOLE
19 August 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 20 August 2015 – Illawarra to get two new Service Centres, Shellharbour misses out

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WARD VOTES AGAINST AMENDMENT TO PUT TIMETABLE ON SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL UPGRADE
6 August 2015 – Media Release

WATSON PUNTED FROM STATE PARLIAMENT FOR DEFENDING FEMALE COLLEAGUE AGAINST WARD VERBAL ABUSE
6 August 2015 – Media Release

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LAST DAYS FOR 2015 COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS FUNDING APPLICATIONS
31 July 2015 – Media Release

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STATE GOVERNMENT HAS RELOCATED ONLY 38 PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS TO ILLAWARRA IN LAST FIVE YEARS
31 July 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 4 August 2015 – Illawarra behind on public sector jobs shift

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SHELLHARBOUR JUNCTION TOILET SAGA CONTINUES – COMMUTERS FORCED TO USE ‘GARETH’S GAZEBO’
28 July 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 29 July 2015 – Shellharbour Junction station toilets cause a stink

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50% INCREASE IN GST UNACCEPTABLE SAYS WATSON
21 July 2015 – Media Release

ABC Illawarra News – 22 July 2015 – Illawarra Labor MPs oppose Premier’s proposal to increase GST

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ROAD SPEED REVIEW MEANS SLOW DOWN IN DUNMORE
21 July 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times – 21 July 2015 – New speed limit for Dunmore

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MINISTER FOR SKILLS VISITS TAFE BUT SILENCE ON DAPTO CAMPUS
15 July 2015 – Media Release

WATSON SEEKS DAPTO TAFE SEMESTER 2 STUDENTS DETAILS
9 July 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 13 August 2015 – Dapto TAFE to become ghost town with no classes beyond September

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LAKE ILLAWARRA SHORTCHANGED BY STATE GOVERNMENT
15 July 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times & Wollongong Advertiser – 22 July 2015 – Lake short-changed by government: MP

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SYDNEY WATER WORKS AT LAKE ILLAWARRA
13 July 2015 – Media Release

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STATE GOVERNMENT RULES OUT NEW HIGH SCHOOL FOR FLINDERS/SHELL COVE GROWTH AREAS
8 July 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 9 July 2015 – Watson ‘shocked’ at Education Minister’s refusal to consider new high school

Illawarra Mercury – 9 July 2015 – Anna Watson says State Government short-sighted

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TWO ENTRY & EXIT RAMPS MAY NOT BE PART OF ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS CONSTRUCTION
6 July 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 7 July 2015 – War of words over missing Albion Park Rail bypass ramps

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SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM OPEN TO APPLICATIONS: HOUSEHOLDS IN SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE TO VOTE
30 June 2015 – Media Release

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WATSON RESPONDS TO PARLIAMENTARY SOOK FOR THE ILLAWARRA
24 June 2015 – Media Release

BUGGER ALL BUDGET FOR THE ILLAWARRA
23 June 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 20 June 2015 – MPs split on Illawarra budget spoils

Illawarra Mercury – 24 June 2015 – Labor MPs want more bacon

Illawarra Mercury – 24 June 2015 – State Budget: What’s in it for the Illawarra

Illawarra Mercury – 25 June 2015 – Verbal shots from Illawarra MPs fired in State Parliament

Illawarra Mercury – 25 June 2015 – TAFE teachers and students furious over ‘ghost town’ campus

Illawarra Mercury – 25 June 2015 – Dapto TAFE’s future uncertain

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BLUESCOPE STEEL QUESTIONS ASKED OF THE PREMIER
23 June 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 25 June 2015 – Bluescope Steel questions tabled in State Parliament

Illawarra Mercury – 28 July 2015 – Premier Mike Baird under fire for BlueScope response

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WATSON TELLS WARD TO BUTT OUT OF ISSUES IN HER ELECTORATE
19 June 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 19 June 2015 – Jobs at stake if Shellharbour Motor Registry closes, says MP

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CALL FOR NEW FLINDERS AREA HIGH SCHOOL SCOPING STUDY
18 June 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 19 June 2015 – Push for another southern Illawarra high school

Lake Times – 25 June 2015 – Watson pushes for new high school

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CONSULTATIONS ON FUTURE USE OF DUNMORE STATION
17 June 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times – 23 June 2015 – Have a say in station’s future

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DAPTO STATION COMMUTER CAR PARK UPGRADE ON THE CARDS
17 June 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 19 June 2015 – Transport Minister’s cut and paste reply ‘lazy’

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$15,000 TO SHELLHARBOUR CITY COUNCIL FOR ABORIGINAL ARTS
16 June 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times – 23 June 2015 – Grant a boost for indigenous project

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SYDNEY WATER WORKS IN HAYWARDS BAY AREA
12 June 2015 – Media Release

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PREMIER DOESN’T TRUST OWN MINISTERS TO DELIVER ELECTION COMMITMENTS FOR THE ILLAWARRA
12 June 2015 – Media Release

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SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL UPGRADE BUSINESS CASE STILL NOT ENDORSED
11 June 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 13 June 2015 – Illawarra MPs question Minister on hospitals

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BLUESCOPE MUST COME CLEAN ON STEELMAKING FUTURE
10 June 2015 – Media Release

BLUESCOPE STATEMENT AS CLEAR AS MUD
10 June 2015 – Media Release

ABC Illawarra News – 10 June 2015 – Port Kembla steelworkers told the cost of production must fall

96.5 Wave FM – 10 June 2015 – MP Anna Watson on BlueScope bombshell

Illawarra Mercury – 11 June 2015 – Illawarra MPs shocked at Bluescope news

Wollongong Advertiser – 15 June 2015 – Future of steelmaking in the Illawarra under a cloud

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PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES SHOULD ALSO PUBLISH DIARY MEETINGS SAYS WATSON
5 June 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 9 June 2015 – Labor MP Anna Watson calls for diaries of parliamentary secretaries to be made public

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HIGHER ELECTRICITY PRICES ON THE WAY & UNANSWERED QUESTIONS REMAIN OVER ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS
4 June 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 5 June 2015 – Electricity vote puts Albion Park Rail Bypass a step closer

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CALL FOR PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO FIRE AND RESCUE NSW ALLEGATIONS
3 June 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 4 June 2015 – Inquiry urged into NSW Fire Service bullying

Illawarra Mercury – 6 June 2015 – Greens MP backs Anna Watson on bullying probe

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GARETH WARD MISSED ELECTRICITY PRIVATISATION VOTE LAST NIGHT
29 May 2015 – Media Release

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ILLAWARRA BUSINESS CHAMBER CALLED ON TO SUPPORT ENERGY REGULATOR DETERMINATION FOR LOWER ELECTRICITY PRICES
28 May 2015 – Media Release

NSW LIBERALS BACK IN HIGHER ELECTRICITY PRICES
22 May 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 23 May 2015 – Illawarra MPs showing crossed wires

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WATSON CALLS FOR ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS TIMETABLE
27 May 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 28 May 2015 – Albion Park Rail bypass funding spurs insults

96.5 Wave FM – 28 May 2015 – Anna Watson demands timetable for Albion Park Rail bypass

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WATSON CALLS ON FAIRFAX MEDIA TO DROP RESTRUCTURE
22 May 2015 – Media Release

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WATSON SAYS LAKE ILLAWARRA ESTUARY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE A TOOTHLESS TIGER
22 May 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times – May 27 2015 – Direction of Lake Illawarra in limbo: MP says Committee ‘toothless’

96.5 Wave FM – May 22 2015 – Anna Watson calls for Lake Illawarra Authority comeback

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WATSON APPOINTED STATE PARLIAMENT’S TEMPORARY SPEAKER
8 May 2015 – Media Release

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WATSON TO SNUB WARD’S ‘CORONATION’ SHIN DIG BY IBC
8 May 2015 – Media Release

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WATSON CALLS ON STATE GOVERNMENT TO OUTLINE TIMETABLE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS
7 May 2015 – Media Release

WATSON OPPOSES WARD’S PARLIAMENTARY BACK SLAPPING
7 May 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 9 May 2015 – Gareth Ward and Anna Watson in Parliamentary spar

96.5 Wave FM – 7 May 2015 – Watson says Labor supports Albion Park Rail

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CONGRATULATIONS TO GARETH WARD MP ON NEW APPOINTMENT
2 April 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times – 6 April 2015 – Ward will still be in Ministers’ ears

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WATSON SAYS ‘THANK YOU!’ FOR INCREASED SUPPORT
28 March 2015 – Media Release

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MAJOR FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR KILLALEA STATE PARK AND BASS POINT ROAD 24 March 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury & Lake Times – 25 March 2015 – Labor pledge to complete Killalea State Park ‘missing link’

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SNEAKY CUTS TO DAPTO RESPITE CENTRE SERVICES EXPOSED
24 March 2015 – Media Release

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LABOR PLEDGES $58.6 MILLION FOR LOCAL ROADS, ‘HOME OF FOOTBALL’, WEST DAPTO HEALTH CENTRE AND LAKE ILLAWARRA AUTHORITY RESTORATION
20 March 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 21 March 2015 – Labor promises return of Lake authority 

Illawarra Mercury – 21 March 2015 – West Dapto complex funding promise

Lake Times – 19 March 2015 – Labor MP pledges to resurrect Lake Authority of management for Lake Illawarra

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LIBERALS’ SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL ANNOUNCEMENT A CON-JOB  8 DAYS BEFORE POLLING DAY
20 March 2015 – Media Release

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LABOR GUARANTEES FUNDING FOR ILLAWARRA WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTRE 18 March 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________

LIBERAL PROMISE AS HOLLOW AS A DONUT – LIBERALS’ ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS LEAVES $50 MILLION BLACK HOLE
16 March 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times – 16 March 2015 – Baird $550million Albion Park Rail bypass state election promise WIN News Illawarra – 16 March 2015 – Liberal promise for Albion Park Rail bypass leaves $50 million black hole  ABC News Illawarra – 16 March 2015 – Coalition pledges funds for long-awaited Illawarra highway link Illawarra Mercury – 17 March 2015 – Coalition pledge leaves $50 million black hole _________________________________________________________________________

LABOR TO INVEST $30 MILLION TO UPGRADE SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL 13 March 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 14 March 2015 – $30million pledge for Shellharbour Hospital

WIN News Illawarra – 13 March 2015 – Labor commits $30 million to kick-start Shellharbour Hospital major upgrade

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LABOR PLEDGES NEW SECURITY FENCE FOR SHELLHARBOUR PUBLIC SCHOOL AND SCOPING STUDY FOR POSSIBLE NEW FLINDERS HIGH SCHOOL
13 March 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times – 19 March 2015 – Labor’s $119,000 Shellharbour Public School fence pledge  _________________________________________________________________________

$4.3 MILLION TO FUND SHELLHARBOUR FORESHORE UPGRADE 12 March 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 13 March 2015 – Shellharbour foreshore, pool to be upgraded

WIN News Illawarra – 12 March 2015 – Labor pledges $4.3million for Shellharbour foreshore upgrade

Lake Times – 25 March 2015 – MP offers benefits to Shellharbour Village and Warilla CBD

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TWO SHELLHARBOUR ELECTION CANDIDATES DON’T EVEN LIVE IN THE SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE 12 March 2015 – Media Release

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NATIONAL PARTY SAYS ‘NO’ TO ELECTRICITY NETWORK SELL-OFF
11 March 2015 – Media Release

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SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL TO BENEFIT FROM NEW NURSE-TO-PATIENT RATIOS
10 March 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times – 10 March 2015 – Shellharbour Hospital to benefit from NSW Labor’s new commitment  _________________________________________________________________________

ILLAWARRA INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT FUND – $75 MILLION INVESTMENT INTO FOUR NEW PROGRAMS
9 March 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 11 March 2015 – Labor signals $75 million infrastructure plan _________________________________________________________________________

NO MORE CLASSES AT DAPTO TAFE CAMPUS
6 March 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 7 March 2015 – Dapto TAFE becomes a ghost town

ABC News – 10 March 2015 – Cuts to courses influenced by demand: TAFE

Illawarra Mercury – 25 June 2015 – TAFE teachers and students furious over ‘ghost town’ campus

Illawarra Mercury – 25 June 2015 – Dapto TAFE’s future uncertain

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LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW HIGH SCHOOL FOR WEST DAPTO – WITHOUT THE NEED TO PRIVATISE THE ELECTRICITY NETWORK
6 March 2015 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 7 March 2015 – West Dapto high school promised by Labor

WIN News Illawarra – 6 March 2015 – Labor announced $44million for new West Dapto high school _________________________________________________________________________

LIBERALS’ SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL PETITION JUST ANOTHER STUNT
3 March 2015 – Media Release

Lake Times – 4 March 2015 – Shellharbour Hospital upgrade in election spotlight _________________________________________________________________________

SENIORS WEEK GRANTS FOR SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE
3 March 2015 – Media Release

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SYDNEY WATER WORKS FOR DAPTO
26 February 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________ PREMIER’S PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY ACTS ON REQUEST TO STRIP FORMER STATE LIBERAL MP OF AUSTRALIAN HONOURS AWARD 24 February 2015 – Media Release ABC Illawarra News – 25 February 2015 – Calls for Tim Owen to be stripped of Aus military honours Newcastle Herald – 25 February 2015 – Labor MP calls for Tim Owen to lose honour _________________________________________________________________________ ILLAWARRA A BIG WINNER IN LABOR’S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN 19 February 2015 – Media Release Illawarra Mercury – 20 February 2015 – ALP lifts lid on $10b infrastructure plan _________________________________________________________________________ WATSON DECLARES SUPPORT FOR PENALTY RATES 19 February 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________ LOCAL LIBERALS DIVIDED OVER DIRECT ELECTION OF SHELLHARBOUR MAYOR 16 February 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________ ENERGISE WARILLA TO BOOST SMALL BUSINESSES 16 February 2015 – Media Release Lake Times – 23 February 2015 – Injecting energy into business _________________________________________________________________________ WATSON WELCOMES LABOR COMMITMENT TO NURSE WALK-IN CENTRE FOR ILLAWARRA REGION 15 February 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________ LABOR WILL GIVE SHELLHARBOUR RESIDENTS THE RIGHT TO VOTE THEIR MAYOR 13 February 2015 – Media Release Illawarra Mercury & Lake Times – 14 February 2015 – Shellharbour residents to elect their own Mayor: Labor pledge ABC News – 14 February 2015 – NSW ALP calls for directly elected Mayor in Shellharbour  _________________________________________________________________________ WARD FOOTBALL ANNOUNCEMENT IS OFFSIDE 12 February 2015 – Media Release Illawarra Mercury – 14 February 2015 – Groundswell for ‘Home of Football’ project _________________________________________________________________________ SMALL BIZ BUS RETURNS TO WARILLA 9 February 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________ MINISTER COULD BRING ON SHELLHARBOUR MAYORAL VOTE IN 2016 4 February 2015 – Media Release Illawarra Mercury – 6 February 2015 –  Shellharbour Council ‘out of control’ says Ward _________________________________________________________________________ MINISTER PLAYS PARTY POLITICS WITH DISABILITY OPENING 3 February 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________ FUTURE OF DUNMORE STATION TO BE DECIDED AFTER PUBLIC CONSULTED 3 February 2015 – Media Release Lake Times – 11 February 2015 – Public to have say in station’s future _________________________________________________________________________ $400,000 SHELLHARBOUR COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS ANNOUNCED 30 January 2015 – Media Release Lake Times – 4 February 2015 – Cash bonanza from Labor-led initiative _________________________________________________________________________ TAFE CHOICES DAY – SHADOW MINISTERIAL VISITS 29 January 2015 – Media Release Illawarra Mercury – 30 January 2015 – Dapto TAFE could face closure, MP claims Illawarra Mercury – 6 February 2015 – Illawarra Labor MPs announce TAFE rescue plan Lake Times – 11 February 2015 – Labor seizes TAFE cuts as vote catcher _________________________________________________________________________ WARD WAVING MAGIC WAND OF EMBARRASSMENT 28 January 2015 – Media Release Lake Times – 4 February 2015 – Election tension mounts with word war on waiting lists _________________________________________________________________________ MINISTER AGREES TO LAKE ENTRANCE ROAD TRAFFIC STUDY UPDATE 28 January 2015 – Media Release Lake Times – 3 February 2015 – Traffic study on traffic trouble spot _________________________________________________________________________ $18,000 BOOST FOR LOCAL AERIAL PATROL 23 January 2015 – Media Release Lake Times – 27 January 2015 – Bendigo Bank Aerial Patrol secures bipartisan funds Wollongong Advertiser – 27 January 2015 – Aerial’s patrol role crucial as beach crowds grow _________________________________________________________________________ ILLAWARRA TO GET A FAIRER SHARE OF PORT SALE PROCEEDS UNDER A LABOR GOVERNMENT 21 January 2015 – Media Release ABC News – 21 January 2015 – NSW Labor promises half of Port Kembla sale proceeds to Illawarra, if elected Illawarra Mercury – 21 January 2015 – Luke Foley promises that the Illawarra will benefit from the sale of Port Kembla _________________________________________________________________________ ROAD WORKS SHOW LABOR’S COMMITMENT TO WEST DAPTO 19 January 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________ ANOTHER GARETH WARD BLAH, BLAH PRESS RELEASE ON THE ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS 17 January 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________ WHAT’S BEHIND THE SECRET LITTLE BLACK BOXES, MINISTER? 16 January 2015 – Media Release Illawarra Mercury – 17 January 2015 – Anna Watson wants to see hospital costings _________________________________________________________________________ MINISTER IS FLUSH WITH EXCUSES ON STATION TOILETS 14 January 2015 – Media Release SHELLHARBOUR JUNCTION TOILETS NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2016 13 January 2015 – Media Release Illawarra Mercury – 14 January 2014 – Flushing out date for Shellharbour Junction station’s toilet opening _________________________________________________________________________ CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE SHELLHARBOUR SENIORS WEEK AWARDS 13 January 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________ ILLAWARRA LIBERALS ARE A FIGHT CLUB 13 January 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________ WHICH ROAD UPGRADE WILL GARETH WARD SUPPORT FIRST? 12 January 2015 – Media Release Illawarra Mercury – 14 January 2015 – MPs scrap over Albion Park Rail bypass Lake Times – 14 January 2015 – Road rage between MPs WIN News – 14 January 2015 – Watson challenges Ward to come clean on road priorities _________________________________________________________________________ WATSON BACKS LAW CHANGE ON MEDICINAL CANNABIS 12 January 2015 – Media Release Illawarra Mercury – 13 January 2015 – Medicinal cannabis trials supported by Illawarra MPs Lake Times – 12 January 2015 – Shellharbour MP backs Labor leader’s call to permit medicinal cannabis without trial _________________________________________________________________________ KIDSFEST SHELLHARBOUR GETS ART GRANT 8 January 2015 – Media Release _________________________________________________________________________

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