Media: 2016

Please find below media releases, articles and blogs from the Member for Shellharbour from 2016, 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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$300,000 SHELLHARBOUR COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS ANNOUNCED
13 December 2016 – Media Release

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WHO DO YOU TRUST: THE NURSES & DOCTORS…OR GARETH WARD?
17 November 2016 – Media Release

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BAIRD GOVT REFUSES WATSON TO TABLE 1000 LETTERS OPPOSED TO SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL PRIVATISATION IN PARLIAMENT
9 November 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 10 November 2016 – War of words in Parliament over Shellharbour Hospital, as poll looms

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WARD AND SUDMALIS SHOULD END CIVIL WAR
8 November 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 11 November 2016 – Poetry in motion by Coast MPs

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ILLAWARRA SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BACKLOG MORE THAN $39 MILLION
7 November 2016 – Media Release

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WARD MUST APOLOGISE FOR TWEET SLUR ON ILLAWARRA NURSES
2 November 2016 – Media Release

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KILLALEA MANAGEMENT CHANGE A WORRY SAYS WATSON
21 October 2016 – Media Release

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BAIRD’S FLEETING ILLAWARRA VISIT
17 October 2016 – Media Release

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BAIRD’S GREYHOUND BACKFLIP
11 October 2016 – Media Release

GREYHOUND RACING IN NEW SOUTH WALES
24 August 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 24 August 2016 – Dogs gone: Illawarra Labor MPs slam ‘clickbait ban’

Illawarra Mercury – 24 September 2016 – Illawarra Labor MPs urge Premier to ‘let the dogs develop’

Illawarra Mercury – 12 October 2016 – Greyhound ban backflip: Ward concedes ‘wrong path was chosen’

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SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL TO BE PRIVATISED
15 September 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 16 September 2016 – Shellharbour Hospital public-private plans revealed

Illawarra Mercury – 24 September 2016 – Shellharbour ‘smells a rat’ over hospital: Watson

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LABOR TO INTRODUCE STEEL BILL INTO ‘PEOPLE’S HOUSE’
7 September 2016 – Joint Media Release

GARETH WARD NEEDS TO BACK UP STEEL USE CLAIMS ON LOCAL ROAD PROJECTS
1 September 2016 – Media Release

WARD SHOULD STAND UP FOR STEEL LIKE HE DID FOR ETHANOL
29 August 2016 – Joint Media Release

LABOR’S 90% STEEL USE BILL PASSES THE UPPER HOUSE
25 August 2016 – Joint Media Release

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HEALTH STATS SHOW LONG WAIT AT SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL ED
7 September 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 8 September 2016 – High demand on hospitals means increased waits

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CALL TO SUSPEND FISHERIES PACKAGE
1 September 2016 – Joint Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 28 August 2016 – Lake Illawarra fisherman’s fight goes to Parliament

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WATSON CALLS ON PARLIAMENT TO FORCE WEST DAPTO INFRASTRUCTURE BLUEPRINT
29 August 2016 – Media Release

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GARETH WARD HAPPY TO PASS BUCK ON NOISE IN FLINDERS
23 August 2016 – Media Release

NEED FOR FLINDERS NOISE WALL NOW TO BE DEBATED IN STATE PARLIAMENT
17 August 2016 – Media Release

GOVT DRAGGING THE CHAIN ON NOISE WALLS FOR FLINDERS
16 August 2016 – Media Release

MINISTER: BUILD THIS WALL!
5 August 2016 – Media Statement

FLINDERS NOISE PROBLEM POINTS RIGHT BACK AT GOVERNMENT
27 July 2016 – Media Statement

Illawarra Mercury – 23 August 2016 – MP calls for noise wall at Flinders

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GARETH WARD EMBARRASSED BY GOVT DECISION ON NEW TRAINS
18 August 2016 – Media Release

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BUILD MALDON-DOMBARTON RAIL LINK
8 August 2016 – Media Statement

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WATER WORKS AT OAK FLATS AND BLACKBUTT
28 July 2016 – Media Statement

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BAIRD REFUSES TO MEET AT DAPTO DOGS
27 July 2016 – Media Statement

BAIRD TOLD GET DOWN TO DAPTO AND FACE THE MUSIC
15 July 2016 – Media Release

GREYHOUND RACING – STATEMENT
8 July 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 9 July 2016 – ‘Not all operators are bad’: Labor MPs bite back at dog ban

ABC News – 11 July 2016 – Dapto Dogs community prepare to fight greyhound racing ban

Illawarra Mercury – 12 July 2016 – OPINION: Illawarra Labor MP questions Baird Government greyhound ban decision

Illawarra Mercury – 16 July 2016 – Premier Mike Baird asked to visit Dapto Dogs

Illawarra Mercury – 28 July 2016 – Baird won’t visit Dapto Dogs, but Foley will

Australian Racing Greyhound – 29 July 2016 – Foley heads to Dapto as Labor continues greyhound racing support

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LAST DAYS FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIP APPLICATIONS
20 July 2016 – Media Statement

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FOWLERS ROAD TO FAIRWATER DRIVE WEST DAPTO LINK
19 July 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 20 July 2016 – Long wait for Fowlers Road bridge

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TAFE ILLAWARRA CHANGES
13 July 2016 – Media Statement

Illawarra Mercury – 14 July 2016 – MERCURY EDITORIAL: TAFE must ensure Illawarra focus remains

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WARD STARTS BID FOR FEDERAL PARLIAMENT
5 July 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 6 July 2016 – Watson lashes out over focus on federal issue

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KIAMA MP OFFERED BRIEFING ON STEEL BILL
5 July 2016 – Media Release

IF WARD SUPPORTS STEEL, THEN VOTE FOR THE STEEL BILL
30 June 2016 – Media Release

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ILLAWARRA MP CALLS FOR PUBLIC RELEASE OF ‘FAST TRAIN’ PROPOSAL
30 June 2016 – Media Release

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WARD REJECTS OFFER OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR HOSPITAL AND BYPASS
27 June 2016 – Media Release

WATSON OFFERS WARD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR ‘REAL MEAT’ IN NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET FOR HOSPITAL AND BYPASS
24 June 2016 – Media Release

BUDGET 2016-17 – NO SIZZLE AND UNDER COOKED
21 June 2016 – Media Release

WATSON LOOKING FOR REAL FUNDING IN TOMORROW’S BUDGET
20 June 2016 – Media Release

CUPBOARD BARE FOR SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL UPGRADE
16 June 2016 – Media Release

WIN News Illawarra – 20 June 2016 – Illawarra Labor MPs looking for real funding in State Budget 

Illawarra Mercury – 21 June 2016 – No bang in budget for the Illawarra: Labor

Illawarra Mercury – 22 June 2016 – EDITORIAL: Budget lacks vision for the Illawarra

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WOLLONGONG COUNCIL SLAMMED OVER ‘REST AND RECREATION’ APPROACH TO RESOURCES FUNDING POT
24 June 2016 – Media Release

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PREMIER: DITCH GARETH WARD ADVICE BECAUSE HE’S PLANNING TO DITCH YOU
23 June 2016 – Media Release

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SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL TO LOSE $145 MILLION IN FUNDING OVER 10 YEARS
6 June 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 7 June 2016 – Shellharbour Hospital to lose under federal budget cuts: Labor

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COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS 2016
3 June 2016 – Media Release

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TWO SERVICE NSW CENTRES OPEN TODAY – BUT SHELLHARBOUR’S NEEDS IGNORED
3 June 2016 – 
Media Release

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HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO KELLIE MARSH, GARETH?
1 June 2016 – Media Release

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WATSON WARNS GOVERNMENT ON SHELL COVE PLUNDER TEMPTATION
31 May 2016 – Media Release

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WATSON PROPOSES SOLUTION TO FLINDERS NOISE POLLUTION
31 May 2016 – Media Release

FLINDERS DEVELOPER’S WASH HANDS OF M1 MOTORWAY NOISE PROBLEM
25 May 2016 – Media Release

MINISTER CALLED TO ACCOUNT OVER NOISE BARRIER
17 May 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 18 May 2016 – Making noise over barrier

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NSW LABOR PLEDGES A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR STEEL AND JOBS
30 May 2016 – Media Release

WARD MUST EAT HIS OWN WORDS ON STEEL
30 May 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 30 May 2016 – Labor pledge 90% steel use in projects

Illawarra Mercury – 31 May 2016 – Food for thought in MPs’ war of words over Labor’s steel pledge

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BUSINESS SUPPORTS “BRING FORWARD” OF REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING IN STATE BUDGET
26 May 2016 – Media Release

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GPS UPGRADES FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN ILLAWARRA NEEDED
26 May 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 27 May 2016 – Ambulance delay due to address not being on GPS

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WARD ACCUSED OF HAUGHTY, HIGH-BROW, UPPITY, SNOBBERY
19 May 2016 – Media Release

WATSON CALLS ON BRADBERY TO REJECT ADMINISTRATOR ROLE
17 May 2016 – Media Release

WATSON TELLS MINISTER TO BACK OFF MAYORAL ELECTION CHANGE
13 May 2016 – 
Media Release

WATSON WELCOMES ‘STAY OF EXECUTION’ FOR COUNCILS
12 May 2016 – Media Release

PETITION OPPOSING FORCED MERGER OF SHELLHARBOUR COUNCIL TABLED
10 May 2016 – Media Release

WATSON TO TABLE 6,000 PETITION OPPOSED TO FORCED COUNCIL MERGERS AFTER MEETING WITH MINISTER
6 May 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 11 May 2016 – Watson submits merger petition

Illawarra Mercury – 13 May 2016 – Gareth Ward criticised by Illawarra Labor MPs over the Wollongong-Shellharbour council merger

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6 LOCAL PROJECTS SHARE IN $48,000 SPORTS FUNDING
11 May 2016 – Media Release

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SHELLHARBOUR COMMUTERS FACE 38% FARE INCREASE
11 May 2016 – Media Release

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REDUCTION IN SPEED LIMITS ON OAK FLATS INTERCHANGE
9 May 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 10 May 2016 – Oak Flats interchange speed limit to drop by 25%

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WATSON TELLS PARLIAMENT STOP STUBBORN REFUSAL TO ESTABLISH SERVICE NSW CENTRE IN SHELLHARBOUR
6 May 2016 – Media Release

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UOW FOCUS ON WESTERN SYDNEY GREAT NEWS
2 May 2016 – Media Release

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FIGURES SHOW SERVICE NSW CENTRE NEEDED IN SHELLHARBOUR
29 April 2016 – Media Release

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CREW PARK WARILLA GETS FUNDING GRANT
28 April 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 29 April 2016 – Funding to fix Crew Park play equipment

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GARETH WARD NOW FOCUSED ON BECOMING FEDERAL MP
21 April 2016 – Media Release

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TREASURER: WHY IS YOUR GOVERNMENT REFUSING TO INVEST $800 MILLION IN THE ILLAWARRA?
19 April 2016 – Media Release

GARETH WARD BACK-FLIPS ON BYPASS START DATE
14 April 2016 – Media Release

ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS CONTROVERSY
12 April 2016 – Media Statement

LABOR SHADOW TREASURER CALLS FOR $800 MILLION ILLAWARRA INVESTMENTS TO START
8 April 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 9 April 2016 – Labor want action on hospital and bypass

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OLD DUNMORE STATION
15 April 2016 – Media Release

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WATSON TELLS MINISTER TO STICK IT OVER DAPTO TAFE SHOP FRONT OPENING INVITATION
15 April 2016 – Media Release

WIN News Illawarra – 20 April 2016 – Watson, Car: Dapto TAFE shopfront an insult to Dapto community

Illawarra Mercury – 21 April 2016 – ‘We deserve a better facility than this’

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STATE GOVERNMENTT ADMITS NO TALKS WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER MALDON-DOMBARTON
13 April 2016 – Media Release

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$200,000 FOR OAK FLATS LIBRARY
8 April 2016 – Media Release

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NRMA FEDERAL FUNDING CALL FOR ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS JUST DUMB
6 April 2016 – Media Release

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WILL GARETH WARD BACK FUNDS FOR DAPTO STATION COMMUTER CARPARK UPGRADE IN STATE BUDGET
6 April 2016 – 
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NSW LABOR PUSH FOR WEST DAPTO INFRASTRUCTURE
5 April 2016 – 
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NEW POPULATION GROWTH STATISTICS SHOW WHY $800 MILLION HEALTH AND ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT NEEDED IN ILLAWARRA
31 March 2016 – 
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ONLY THING STOPPING ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS AND SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL UPGRADE IS THE STATE GOVERNMENT
30 March 2016 – 
Media Release

WIN News Illawarra – 5 April 2016 – Push for West Dapto infrastructure

Illawarra Mercury – 6 April 2016 – A wishlist for West Dapto

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ROBERTS LIBERAL WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT STEEL INQUIRY INVITATION
6 April 2016 – 
Media Release

STATE GOVERNMENT CHICKENS OUT OF SENATE STEEL INQUIRY APPEARANCE
1 April 2016 – 
Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 6 April 2016 – Minister ‘didn’t get invite’ to steel inquiry

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GARETH WARD PLANNING MOVE TO FEDERAL PARLIAMENT?
5 April 2016 – Media Release

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THERE’S LIES, LIES AND THEN THERE’S…GARETH’S STATISTICS WARD OVERSHOOTS ILLAWARRA JOBS CLAIM BY 8,300
31 March 2016 – Media Release

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ILLAWARRA LEFT BEHIND IN STATE PUBLIC SECTOR JOB RELOCATION TARGET
30 March 2016 – Media Release

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STATE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO PROVIDE DETAILS ON SUBMISSIONS FOR ILLAWARRA COUNCIL AMALGAMATION
28 March 2016 – 
Media Release

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DOUBLE BLOW – SHELLHARBOUR SERVICE NSW DIGITAL STORE ONLY TEMPORARY
24 March 2016 – Media Release

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AFTER TWO YEARS PATHETIC FIVE  PAGE ‘ANNUAL’ ILLAWARRA REGIONAL TRANSPORT UPDATE FINALLY RELEASED
23 March 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 24 March 2016 – Transport update is out of date

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IAN McLENNAN PARK FOOTBALL PITCH UPGRADE
22 March 2016 – Media Release

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DAPTO TAFE SHOP FRONT LEASE DETAILS ARE SECRET
21 March 2016 – Media Release

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SHELLHARBOUR ELECTORATE 2016 WOMAN OF THE YEAR
10 March 2016 – Media Release

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WARILLA PUBLIC SCHOOL GETS SPECIAL MENTION IN STATE PARLIAMENT
11 March 2016 – Media Release

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PREMIER CLAIMS SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL & APR BYPASS ARE “UNDERWAY”
10 March 2016 – Media Release

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RYAN PARK PROMOTION TO SHADOW TREASURER
10 March 2016 – Media Release

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END OF AN ERA – DAPTO TAFE SIGNS COME DOWN
9 March 2016 – Media Release

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LOCAL SHELLHARBOUR ARTS GET FUNDING BOOST
7 March 2016 – 
Media Release

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STILL NO ILLAWARRA REGIONAL TRANSPORT PLAN ANNUAL UPDATE
1 March 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 2 March 2016 – Government delay in updating 2-year-old transport plan for the region 

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COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS: ILLAWARRA BUSINESS CHAMBER SHOULD STICK TO EVENT MANAGEMENT
26 February 2016 – 
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GARETH WARD MOVES MOTION ON NON-EXISTENT FLAG CHANGES BUT NOT ILLAWARRA COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS
25 February 2016 – Media Release

NOTICE OF MOTION TO FORCE GARETH WARD TO VOTE AGAINST ILLAWARRA COUNCIL FORCED AMALGAMATION
23 February 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 24 February 2016 – Ward calls Watson ‘a grub’ during council merger motion

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300 COAL JOB CUTS ANOTHER HAMMER BLOW TO ILLAWARRA
25 February 2016 – 
Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 26 February 2016 – ‘A hammer blow’: Illawarra coal miner South32 to axe 300 local jobs as industry struggles

ABC News – 26 February 2016 – Mining company South32 slashes 300 Illawarra jobs, posts US$1.75b first half loss

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NEW HEALTH CARE CENTRE PLANNED FOR WEST DAPTO
23 February 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 26 February 2016 – West Dapto one-stop health centre

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WARD VOTES AGAINST START DATES FOR $800 MILLION UPGRADES TO SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL AND APR BYPASS
19 February 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 24 February 2016 – ‘Kiama’s two blowholes’: Ward cops spray from Watson 

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DAPTO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS MAJOR AWARD
17 February 2016 – Media Release

Advertiser Lake Times – 18 February 2016 – Zara wins award for empowering young women

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WATSON SLAMS WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL ‘BRANDING’ IDEAS
17 February 2016 – Media Release

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DAPTO TAFE CAMPUS SAFE FROM LIBERALS’ SELL-OFF
17 February 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 17 February 2016 – Police to do terror training at Dapto TAFE site

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GARETH WARD VOTES AGAINST MOTION TO DEBATE FORCED COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS IN STATE PARLIAMENT
16 February 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 18 February 2016 – Councillor’s merger text

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WATSON SUBMISSION SAYS FORCED ILLAWARRA COUNCIL MERGERS SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN
10 February 2016 – Media Release

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STATE GOVERNMENT GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE ON MALDON-DOMBARTON RAIL PROJECT
3 February 2016 – Media Release

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WATSON SEEKS SHELLHARBOUR HOSPITAL UPGRADE START IN JUNE STATE BUDGET
29 January 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 2 February 2016 – Watson awaiting hospital start date

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SHELLHARBOUR SENIORS WEEK GRANT ANNOUNCED
27 January 2016 – Media Release

Advertiser Lake Times – 29 January 2016 – Shellharbour successful in Seniors Week grant

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WARD SELLS OUT ILLAWARRA COUNCILS TO SAVE HIMSELF
26 January 2016 – Media Release

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SHELLHARBOUR COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS FUNDING ANNOUNCED
15 January 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 15 January 2016 – Shell Cove gets funding boost

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WATER WORKS AT ALBION PARK RAIL
15 January 2016 – Media Release

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DAPTO TAFE ‘GHOST’ CAMPUS TO CLOSE AT END OF JANUARY
11 January 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 11 January 2016 – Dapto TAFE to close next week

WIN News Illawarra – 11 January 2016 – NSW Government to shut down Dapto TAFE by end of January

ABC News – 12 January 2016 – Dapto TAFE to close by the end of next week

Sydney Morning Herald – 13 January 2016 – TAFE NSW: Fee freeze not enough to save institution, say teachers

ABC News – 13 January 2016 – Future use of empty Dapto TAE campus uncertain

Illawarra Mercury – 14 January 2016 – Dapto TAFE: closing or not?

Illawarra Mercury 22 January 2016 – Dapto TAFE site cool for Aspect school

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‘GARETH’S GAZEBO’ FINALLY BUILT AND OPEN FOR COMMUTER USE AT SHELLHARBOUR JUNCTION STATION
8 January 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 13 January 2016 – Shellharbour Junction toilets open after more than a year

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WOLLONGONG-SHELLHARBOUR COUNCILS FORCED MERGER DETAILS REVEALED
7 January 2016 – Media Release

WATSON CALLS ON WARD TO LEAD DELEGATION TO MINISTER ON COUNCIL MERGERS
6 January 2016 – Media Release

WARD COUNCIL OPINION POLL THOUGHT-BUBBLE A CON JOB
5 January 2016 – Media Release

ABC News – 7 January 2016 – Illawarra councils seek clarity on merger proposals

Illawarra Mercury – 21 January 2016 – Council mergers: Shellharbour voices ‘need to be heard’

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WATSON SLAMS STATE GOVERNMENT ON EMPLOYING TAFE FAT CATS WHILE IT CUTS FUNDING, SHOWS WARPED PRIORITIES
6 January 2016 – Media Release

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WHERE’S ILLAWARRA REGIONAL TRANSPORT PLAN ANNUAL UPDATE?
5 January 2016 – Media Release

Illawarra Mercury – 7 January 2016 – Watson calls for latest on transport

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