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Save Newcastle's After Hours GP Service!

Medicare has forced Hunter Primary Care (HPC) to make the difficult decision to close the GP Access After Hours Service (GPAAH) at the Calvary Mater Hospital for Christmas Eve and reduce opening hours at the remaining four clinics across the region.

This reduction in services will be devastating news for up to 15,000 people who will be left without access to vital medical care.

The GPAAH Service reduces unnecessary emergency department presentations and hospitalisations, saving the health system approximately $21.7 million every year.

But, these changes will dramatically increase pressure on our already over stretched and under resourced emergency departments.

After six long years of Medicare rebate freezes and recent cuts to bulk-billing incentives by the Morrison Government, HPC has been forced to make the impossible decision to reduce their services to families across the Newcastle Hunter region.

Not only is the Morrison Government’s lack of support unacceptable, it is grossly irresponsible in the middle of a global pandemic.

At a time when the Federal Government should be investing in Medicare and increasing health services to regional Australia, the Morrison Government is doing the exact opposite.

Newcastle deserves better than a government determined to undermine our world-class healthcare system.

Please Join me in the fight to save Newcastle's after hours GP service by signing the petition today!

2021 Newcastle Photography Competition

Entries for my 2021 Newcastle Photography Competition NOW OPEN! 

This competition calls on budding and seasoned photographers alike to capture the essence of Newcastle on camera.

I'll be looking out for photos that feature Newcastle’s breathtaking beauty and its unique character.

I hope this competition might provide a perfect outlet for an otherwise very tough year for our local creatives.

I look forward to seeing the incredible artistic talent our community has to offer.

The winning photograph will be showcased in a card that will be sent to every household in the city as well as businesses and community groups in our area and dignitaries such as Members of Parliament, Ambassadors and the Governor-General.

The winner will also receive a $150 voucher to spend at MacLean's Booksellers or any one of the dozens of creative, independent and locally owned Makers and Traders Newcastle businesses. And $50 vouchers will go to three runners up.


View terms and conditions here

Newy Colouring-in Competition

Families in Newcastle are working hard to keep eachother safe and stay indoors, so my office is running a Newy Colouring-in Competition for families and individuals spending time at home (especially during the school holidays)!

To enter, simply:

  1. Download the colouring-in page for print here.
  2. Post a photo of your completed colouring-in and use the hashtag #NewyColouringComp on social media or email it to [email protected]

Deadline for submissions is October 31. The winner will be selected by Sharon Claydon and will receive the following prize packs:

Winner under 9: A $50 voucher to spend at MacLean’s Booksellers 

Winner age 9+: A $50 voucher to spend at one of the dozens of creative, independent and locally owned Makers and Traders businesses.

Runners Up (2): A $20 voucher to spend at MacLean’s Booksellers

Thank you to Newcastle local Emma Heath who created the artwork for this competition.

Happy colouring and we look forward to seeing your entries!

PS. If you don't have a printer at home, not to worry! Please email [email protected] with your address and contact details and we will send you a colouring-in via snail mail!

Please note: eligible entrants must reside within the federal electorate of Newcastle. 


Say NO! to oil and gas rigs off Newcastle Beaches

The PEP11 Petroleum Exploration Permit runs from Newcastle to the Northern Beaches of Sydney. This permit could see oil and gas rigs erected anywhere along this coastline - even off Newcastle!

The Morrison Government must STOP PEP11 and guarantee there will be no oil and gas rigs off our precious coast!

Click here to sign the petition.

Save Centrelink!

The Morrison Government is planning to close both the King Street and Mayfield Centrelink offices. While the Government likes to ‘consolidation’ is just the Government’s code word for cuts, diminishing services, and reduced access.

Centrelink has provided critical support to many Australians over the course of the pandemic. Any decision to close or reduce access to Centrelink shop-fronts in Newcastle is unconscionable.

I am deeply concerned about any plans that would reduce the accessibility of Centrelink’s essential services to the Newcastle community, so I will continue to hold the Government to account.

We call on the Government to immediately halt its plans to close Centrelink offices in Newcastle.

Sign the petition to save the King Street and Mayfield Centrelink offices.

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