Media Release - Turnbull shifting blame and dodging the real questions for Newcastle

25 August 2015

Malcolm Turnbull snuck into Newcastle this morning and dodged the questions our community has been asking him for months.

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Media Release - NBN rollout delayed in the Hunter and Central Coast

22 August 2015

Despite efforts to keep the information under wraps, the Federal Government’s latest NBN rollout figures show more than a hundred thousand homes in the Hunter and Central Coast will be left waiting longer for a high speed broadband connection.

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Media Release - Public Works Committee Approves RAAF Williamtown Redevelopment

19 August 2015

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works has approved the RAAF Base Williamtown redevelopment Stage 2 project following a public hearing and site inspection in Newcastle last month.

Committee Member and Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon welcomed the final approval for the works which will see upgrades and replacement of ageing infrastructure at the Base, improving capability and capacity to support current and planned demands. 

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Media Release - Newcastle Stronger Communities Grants

6 August 2015

The 2015 Newcastle Stronger Communities Grants initiative was launched in Newcastle today, with Sharon Claydon encouraging local community groups to apply for up to $20,000 in funding for small capital projects.

The program provides funding of up to $150,000 for each federal electorate to support projects which improve local community participation. Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 will be available for projects with matched contributions, in-cash or in-kind, on at least a dollar for dollar basis. 

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Media Release - Turnbull to leave Stockton with a second-rate NBN

29 July 2015

Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland will today join Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon at a public meeting in Stockton to discuss the concerns residents have about being left with a second-rate version of the National Broadband Network (NBN). 

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Media Release - Parliamentary Public Works Committee Visits Newcastle

21 July 2015

Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon welcomes the visit of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works to Newcastle tomorrow, for a public hearing into the proposed RAAF Base Williamtown redevelopment Stage 2 project.

As a member of the Committee, Ms Claydon will join her Parliamentary colleagues in considering proposed works to upgrade or replace ageing infrastructure at the Base, to improve capability and capacity to support current and planned demands.

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Media Release - The Abbott Liberal Government Abandoning Shipbuilding

The report in today’s Financial Review “Abbott’s defence promise puts 2021 surplus at risk” is deeply concerning for the future of shipbuilding in Australia and devastating news for shipbuilding in Newcastle.


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Media release - Newcastle Communities Formally Added to National Broadband Network Rollout Plan

3 July 2015

A number of Newcastle suburbs, including the poorly serviced broadband areas of Thornton and Stockton, have at last been formally added to the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout plan.

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Media Release - Abbott Government Starving Shipyards and their workers

24 June 2015

Almost two years on and Tony Abbott’s failure to act on shipbuilding has resulted in the starvation of another shipyard and more Australians losing their jobs.

The Newcastle Herald reports that 160 highly skilled ship construction workers from the Forgacs Tomago facility will be laid off.

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Statement - Jim Wright

19 June 2015

Jim Wright was a leader in our community and dedicated his life to the advancement of Aboriginal people.

His vision and determination for equality for all Indigenous Australians enriched opportunity and the lives of thousands.

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