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  • Aboriginal Nursing Scholarships

    Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, Leslie Williams, today announced that Aboriginal people seeking financial support in their studies to become a nurse or midwife can now apply for a NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship.“The scholarships provide up to $1,000 per subject for Aboriginal students studying a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree and up to $15,000 for Aboriginal registered nurses or midwives undertaking postgraduate studies,” ...  Read More...

  • Construction Starts On New Mental Health Unit

    The start of construction on the new $17.5 million Mental Health Unit at Port Macquarie was officially celebrated today, marking an exciting new chapter in mental health services for the local community.Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams turned the first sod alongside mental health experts and staff from Port Macquarie Base Hospital.“I’m very excited about construction starting for our new facility which will operate as...  Read More...

  • Funding Boost For Two Local Surf Clubs

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has today announced $313,560 in NSW Government funding for two local surf clubs as part of the 2017/18 Surf Club Facility Program.$224,160 funding has been provided for Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club to finalise the upper level clubhouse redevelopment, while Port Macquarie Surf Life Saving Club has been awarded $89,400 for refurbishment and repairs to the clubhouse.“The aim of this program is to increase the availability, standard and quality...  Read More...

  • $1.2 Million Boost To Palliative Care Training In NSW

    Frontline health workers will benefit from $1.2 million in on-the-job training and scholarships to boost palliative care skills and improve the experience of patients.Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, Leslie Williams, together with the Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, made the announcement today at The Nioka Palliative Care Unit at Tamworth Hospital.Mrs Williams said all Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks in NSW will receive a share of $900,000 in 2017-...  Read More...

  • New Campaign To Save Country Lives On Local Roads

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced the first ever comprehensive road safety education campaign to target regional NSW in an all-out effort to spread the critical message that too many country people are dying on the state’s roads.Saving Lives On Country Roads aims to highlight the hidden crisis unfolding almost daily on the state’s regional road network, a crisis which is devastating families and local communities.The campaign is also designed to kick start a ...  Read More...

  • Free Degrees For Young Teachers

    Free university degrees are up for grabs for budding young teachers, as part of a NSW Government initiative to attract the best teachers to the bush.Scholarships will be on offer in 2018 to fully fund the university degrees of 60 new teachers, paying their HECS debt if they accept a posting at one of more than 150 eligible rural and remote public schools.Students awarded the scholarship must maintain a credit average throughout their university studies.The new scholarships are available to new a...  Read More...

  • Music To Seniors Ears In Port Macquarie

    More than 1100 seniors from Port Macquarie and surrounds descended on The Glasshouse to join in on the merriment at this year’s Seniors Christmas Concert.The event, which is free to all seniors, came to town on Tuesday November 28 and featured outstanding performances from musical theatre stars Peter Cousens, his daughter Daisy Cousens, Ashleigh Rubenach, and Australian country music singer Darren Coggan.The Seniors Christmas Concerts are performed annually and aim to bring joy to older Au...  Read More...

  • More Peer Workers To Help Mental Health Consumers

    Mental health consumers in Port Macquarie will benefit from the NSW Government’s investment in around 30 new Peer Worker positions across NSW, including the Mid North Coast Local Health District.Leslie Williams today announced the $2.7 million investment would reach Port Macquarie, to help mental health consumers transition from hospital, back into the community.“This funding will provide further early interventions, help mental health consumers in our community during and after a ho...  Read More...

  • Active Kids Guidelines Launched

    Parents of school children across New South Wales are encouraged to take advantage of the $100 ‘Active Kids’ rebate for sporting and fitness related costs launching early next year.Leslie Williams MP, Member for Port Macquarie welcomed the release of the ‘Active Kids’ Rebate Guidelines explaining how families can take advantage of the rebate from January 31 next year.“This rebate addresses once of the most important issues across our local community–easing the...  Read More...

  • Port Macquarie Shines At 2017 NSW Tourism Awards

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has congratulated Sea Acres Rainforest Centre and Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail on their outstanding achievements at the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards, which were held last night at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.Mrs Williams said receiving these accolades at the State’s Tourism Awards was well-deserved recognition of the Port Macquarie region’s outstanding tourism offerings.Sea Acres Rainforest Centre was the Gold Winner in the Visi...  Read More...

  • Stamp Duty Relief For First Home Buyers

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has urged local first home buyers to take advantage of stamp duty relief measures from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.New figures show 10,496 people have used the exemptions and reductions to buy their first home, in the first quarter since the reforms came into effect.The housing affordability package announced as part of the June Budget removes stamp duty for first home buyers for both new and existing homes for properties up to $650,000 ...  Read More...

  • New Round Of Clubgrants

    Local community organisations can now apply for the next round of funding for local projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said today.Infrastructure Grants support new or upgraded community facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture and emergency preparedness.“I encourage local organisations to consider applying for a project that will help make a real difference to our local community,” Mrs Wi...  Read More...

  • More Opportunities For Local Aboriginal Early Childhood Teachers

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is urging local Aboriginal people to apply for a scholarship that will support them in studying a bachelor level early childhood teaching qualification.Mrs Williams said the new Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Scholarship program will complement ongoing training and leadership opportunities designed to support Aboriginal educators working in the early childhood sector.“It is absolutely crucial Aboriginal culture is embedded in early childhood...  Read More...

  • Seniors Christmas Concerts Coming To Port Macquarie

    For the first time seniors in Port Macquarie will have the opportunity to sing along to their favourite carols at the Christmas extravaganza being held at the Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie on Tuesday 28 November.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, “The highly anticipated concert which is exclusive and free of charge is for locals over the age of 60 years.“Securing the Seniors Christmas Concert is a win for our local seniors who will enjoy the benefits of a full-scale pro...  Read More...

  • Funding Increase To Meet The Needs Of Local Schools

    Government schools in the Port Macquarie electorate will be able to improve education resources and support for students with $7.947 million in needs-based funding for 2018.The funding will be available to address the specific needs of schools. Schools may choose to implement initiatives such as targeted literacy and numeracy support, teacher training and speech pathologists.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams welcomed the funding for local schools.“This funding will give schools th...  Read More...

  • PCYC Project On Track For Port Macquarie

    A PCYC could go ahead on land at the Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie under a plan revealed yesterday by Education Minister Rob Stokes.Mr Stokes and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed to examine the feasibility of building a new PCYC in Port Macquarie.The proposed PCYC will be built on land at the Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie Campus in Owen Street and will form part of an elite sports training acad...  Read More...

  • More Classrooms For Lake Cathie Public School

    Education Minister Rob Stokes today announced Lake Cathie Public School would receive 17 permanent, future-focused learning spaces to accommodate its growing student numbers.Mr Stokes visited the school today with Member for Port Macquarie Lesley Williams to give details of the upgrade expected to be complete in 2020.“This school opened at the start of 2015 to cater for a vibrant, growing local community,” Mr Stokes said.“Continued growth means we are now able to plan to remove...  Read More...

  • Leslie Williams Outlines Proposal For Adult Learning Centre

    Education Minister Rob Stokes welcomed a proposal for vacant Department of Education land in Port Macquarie to be set aside for a future community education centre and a men’s shed.Mr Stokes today heard details of the plan from Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams during a visit to the site, a triangle of land to the east of the Douglas Vale Historic Homestead.Mr Stokes said Leslie Williams had been asking him for some time for any suitable land to house the Port Macquarie Arts & ...  Read More...

  • Port Macquarie Fishermen's Wharf To Be Redeveloped

    Port Macquarie’s popular foreshore is set to be transformed into a Fishermen’s Wharf ensuring it continues to be a major drawcard for locals and visitors alike, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said today.Under the redevelopment, recreational and commercial anglers will have access to new facilities thanks to the NSW Government’s $2.8 million investment.“No visit to Port Macquarie is complete without a visit to the foreshore, and this investment will c...  Read More...

  • Supermarket Savings For Local Seniors

    Local seniors can now save on average $200 a year on their groceries, thanks to Seniors Card discounts the NSW Government has secured with the Woolworths Group.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced NSW Seniors Card holders are now eligible for a five per cent discount on Woolworths WISH eGift cards that can be used towards purchases at Woolworths Group stores, including supermarkets and Big W.“This new partnership also gives Seniors Card holders in the Port Macquarie e...  Read More...

  • Port Macquarie Hastings Council In Parliament

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has led a delegation from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to meet with eight NSW Government Ministers.“I was very pleased to arrange these meetings for our new Mayor Peta Pinson, Council’s General Manager Craig Swift McNair and Director of Strategy & Growth Jeffery Sharp.“Over two days last week we met with Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey, Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton, Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Minister for Pr...  Read More...

  • More Support For Busy Families

    More local working families will have access to flexible before and after school care for their children, following the announcement that Lake Cathie Public School has been successful in their application for the NSW Government’s Before and After School Care Fund.Lake Cathie Public School has been award $30,000 and will be using the fund to establish an OSHC service on its premises. It is estimated that 120 places will be created for children following the service’s establishment.Mrs...  Read More...

  • No Financial Wins For Us From Lottoland

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is urging local residents to think carefully before investing their money in the online lottery service Lottoland.Lottoland is run by a betting company based in Gibraltar and operates under the auspices of a Northern Territory bookmaker’s licence.“The impact of Lottoland on existing newsagencies like those in Port Macquarie, the Camden Haven and in the Manning Valley is of growing concern and I am calling on the Commonwealth Government to cr...  Read More...

  • Port Macquarie Recognised With International Award

    Port Macquarie has been recognised as a premier destination for major events, receiving the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) 2017 World Festival and Event City Award.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams welcomed the accolade and congratulated the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council on its successful submission.“We’ve always known that the Port Macquarie region is one of Australia’s tourism gems and now the region is also world-renowned as a leading dest...  Read More...

  • Local Women's Sport - The Focus Of Grants

    Local sports clubs are being invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000 with Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams saying the focus this year is encouraging more talented girls and young women into sport programs.“Around half of all Australian boys are active through a sports club during their childhood compared with just 33 per cent of girls and the participation rate for girls drops sharply after girls turn 12,” Mrs Williams said.“I encourage all local clubs and sporti...  Read More...

  • Big Savings On Energy Bills

    Local residents and small businesses could receive hundreds of dollars in savings on their energy bills under the NSW Government’s energy package savings scheme, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said today.“We understand that families, households and businesses find it hard to make ends meet when living pressures pile up.“There is not a single fix but this package will help ease some of the pressure on local households, businesses and families.“The NSW Governmen...  Read More...

  • Retirement Village Reforms To Protect Local Residents

    Local retirement village residents will benefit from a new package of reforms recently announced by the state government.Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean said the package includes a four-point plan that will put consumers first and protect residents from potentially dodgy practices.“Retirees have worked hard their whole life so I’ll be coming down on any operators who have not complied with the law,” he said.“This plan will put consumers first by making contracts...  Read More...

  • Still Waiting For You To Come Home - 2017 Missing Persons Week

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has used Missing Person’s Week to again raise in Parliament the disappearance of William Tyrrell.“Today marks 1,056 days since William went missing from his grandmother’s home at Kendall.“The State Government has posted a one million dollar reward for information on William’s whereabouts and I commend the outstanding diligence of the NSW Police Force and the Where’s William campaign in the search for William.“Th...  Read More...

  • A Renaissance For Regional Arts And Culture

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is encouraging local artists, performers and organisations to share ideas both big and small for local infrastructure and arts projects to deliver long-term cultural benefits to the community.The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund is part of the Deputy Premier’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund to improve economic outcomes as well as local amenities and standard of living across regional NSW communities.Mrs Williams said the Fund would support t...  Read More...

  • $10.6 Million For Port Macquarie Base Hospital Mental Health Expansion

    Mental health patients receiving care at Port Macquarie Base Hospital will benefit from a further $10.6 million from the 2017-18 Budget, to continue the expansion of the hospital’s inpatient mental health unit.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the investment in Port Macquarie’s inpatient mental health unit will enhance services, particularly for older people and young adults.“The funding will improve the amenity and environment for patients being cared for at the ...  Read More...

  • Nominate For NSW'S Top Nurses And Midwives

    Residents of rural and regional areas are being invited to nominate a local nurse or midwife in the fifth annual Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, Leslie Williams has announced.“The health service needs of rural and regional areas are unique. From March 2011 to June 2016 we increased the rural and regional nursing and midwifery workforce by 13 per cent – the equivalent of 2,357 full-time positions,” Mrs Williams s...  Read More...

  • Hastings Secondary College Students Shine On The World Stage

    The success of the Hastings Secondary College’s entry in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Championships in Houston in the United States has been extolled in State Parliament.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the team of extraordinarily talented students had excelled over the past couple of months culminating in their success at the FIRST® Robotics Competition.“The FIRST® Robotics Competition is a high school robotics competition that brings together students and mentors to build r...  Read More...

  • Kendall Op Shop Praised In Parliament

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has spoken in Parliament about the generosity of the Kendall community and the great work of the Kendall Op Shop.Mrs Williams said it is a genuine honour to represent such a generous community as that demonstrated by the people of the Port Macquarie electorate time and time again.“One very special part of the electorate is the wonderful village of Kendall. It may be small in size but it is huge of heart, particularly when it comes to raising funds...  Read More...

  • New Fund To Boost Regional Investment

    Local community and government organisations in the Port Macquarie electorate are being encouraged to apply for funding for environment and tourism projects under the NSW Government’s new $300 million Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the fund aims to increase tourist visitation by supporting regional environment and tourism infrastructure projects to help grow and diversify regional economies across NSW.“This is grea...  Read More...

  • Leslie Williams Seniors Concert On Again

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams and Hastings Combined Seniors will stage a free concert during next week’s Seniors Festival with support from the NSW Government.Mrs Williams said the $5,000 financial assistance would help to stage the free concert at Port Panthers on Friday 10th March.“This Government grant will allow the Hastings Combined Seniors to offer the concert for a third year, providing entertainment and enjoyment to as many as 650 local seniors.“The concert...  Read More...

  • $15 Million Line For Recreational Fishing

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is today encouraging fishing and community groups to apply for NSW Recreational Fishing Trust grants to improve recreational fishing across our area.This year $15 million has been allocated from the sale of recreational fishing licenses to both freshwater and saltwater projects in 2016-17.Mrs Williams said grants are available for both large projects involving more than $10,000 of funding, and smaller projects involving less than $10,000.“This is ...  Read More...

  • Stingray Creek Bridge Fully Opened To Traffic

    After many years in planning and construction, motorists are now enjoying the use of both lanes of the new Stingray Creek Bridge with the $26 million structure almost complete.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said southbound traffic was today moved onto the new bridge, for which the NSW Government contributed $16.4 million and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council $9.6 million.“In December the first traffic was moved onto this wider, safer bridge and today we are excited to be opening ...  Read More...

  • Supporting The Beatles Festival

    The NSW Government is again backing the Beatles Festival with a $5,000 grant, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams announced today.“The Beatles Festival is growing in popularity with not only our local community but also with people from outside our area enjoying the festivities,” Mrs Williams said.“The survey results from last year showed an increase in visitations from throughout NSW, but there is still more work to be done to attract a wider audience.“The funding...  Read More...

  • Williams Secures Funding To Help The Homeless at Christmas

    The NSW Government is supporting two local charitable groups with $2000 each to help feed the homeless in Port Macquarie and Laurieton on Christmas Day.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the financial assistance being provided will help the Camden Haven Community @3 group and the Port City Church to bring Christmas cheer to the needy in our community.“This is fantastic news for these two valued community organisation helping to support those less fortunate.“In the Camden...  Read More...

  • Williams Congratulates 2016 HSC Students

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has congratulated local students on their HSC results, released today.Mrs Williams said that students should feel very proud of their achievements.“The HSC is a rigorous and demanding credential with a world-class reputation that prepares our students for life beyond school.”“I wish all students the very best in their future endeavours, whether they are planning to head to university, vocational education or to join the workforce,&rdqu...  Read More...

  • Recognising Our Volunteers

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today presented local volunteers with certificates of appreciation for the work they do for our community.“Volunteers are vital to any community and play such an important role delivering a range of services,” Mrs Williams said.“Our area is so lucky to have as many volunteers as we do who go out of their way to help others.“Whether it is sporting events, improving our community, teaching the arts or being a member of a service cl...  Read More...

  • Community Concerns Grow Over Tuffins Lane

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is urging Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to re-enter into negotiations with the owner of the Tuffins Lane sports ground to guarantee that facility remains open for local sports.“Our area has thousands of people participating in sport who rely on Tuffins Lane and the thought that we could lose this critical playing field will have an overwhelmingly negative impact.“Over the past few weeks I have spoken with representatives of local sporting ...  Read More...

  • Wrights Road Roundabout Upgrade Completed

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced motorists can now benefit from improved traffic flow at the Wrights Road roundabout in Port Macquarie with the $3 million NSW Government project now complete.Mrs Williams said red and yellow traffic signals were installed to control the flow of motorists using the roundabout particularly during peak hours.“With the signals now operating this important project is complete.“New slip lanes in and out of Wrights Road also opened ...  Read More...

  • Grant For Floodplain Management

    Port Macquarie Hastings Council has received a $326,667 NSW Government Floodplain Management grant to help introduce measures to prepare Port Macquarie for flooding, Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams MP announced today.Mrs Williams said the grant was part of $4.59 million in grants to 43 successful projects under the NSW Government Floodplain Management Program.“This grant will help the Council address flood risks and the community prepare for possible flooding,” Mrs Williams...  Read More...

  • Approval For Action On Coastal Erosion

    A 400 metre-long seawall to protect Illaroo Road and adjoining residential properties from major storm events can proceed following the endorsement of the Lake Cathie Coastal Zone Management Plan.Planning Minister Rob Stokes has announced the certification of the Port Macquarie-Hasting Council’s Lake Cathie Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) to minimise the impact of weather events and protect local properties and infrastructure.Mr Stokes said the Council’s Lake Cathie CZMP, includi...  Read More...

  • NSW Government Provides Vital Grant For Port Macquarie Marine Rescue

    Port Macquarie’s volunteer marine rescue service will receive a much-needed financial boost from the NSW Government to help continue their lifesaving work.Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the $32,100 grant will go towards a new pontoon and storage space for rescue watercraft at the Marine Rescue Port Macquarie Boat Shed.This funding through the Public Reserve Management Fund Program (PRMFP) will enable the construction of a floating boat shed to provide access to a quick-resp...  Read More...

  • Electric Powered Vehicles Given Green Light On Lord Howe Island

    In a move which aims to reduce the environmental footprint at this World Heritage listed location, the NSW Government has approved the use of electric vehicles on Lord Howe Island.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “We have been working with the Lord Howe Island Board to develop a conditional registration scheme to help with the Island’s vision towards a more sustainable approach to travel.” “In line with the Island’s switch to renewable energy fr...  Read More...

  • Regional Tourism Going Strong In Port Macquarie

    Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams MP today said successful events in Port Macquarie are helping drive regional tourism across NSW.“Tourism is going from strength to strength in Regional NSW with the highest absolute growth in visitors recorded across regional Australia, up by 1.2 million visitors and 4.5 million nights,” Mrs Williams MP said.“A total of 20.4 million visitors, an increase of 6.4 per cent of vi...  Read More...

  • Bottler Of A Recycling Scheme

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has welcomed the successful passage of the NSW Government’s landmark 10-cent Container Deposit Scheme legislation through Parliament.“Community groups will be able to swap their cans and bottles for cash from 1 July 2017 following the successful passage of the legislation on Wednesday 19 October.“The Container Deposit Scheme’s introduction fulfils a key election commitment and will help the Government to meet the Premier’s ...  Read More...

  • $46 Million Technology Boost For Local Students

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today welcomed a $46 million NSW Liberals & Nationals Government program to boost student learning through better technology in regional and remote public schools.“All 22 schools in the Port Macquarie electorate will share in the Connecting Country Schools program which will upgrade schools’ Wi-Fi access and internet capacity,” Mrs Williams said.“Digital technology is vital to student learning in a modern education syste...  Read More...

  • Strong Jobs Growth On The Mid North Coast

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today welcomed new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirming employment on the Mid North Coast has grown by 4,800 jobs in the past year.Mrs Williams said this continued job growth is a reminder of the great things the NSW Government is doing in regional NSW.“Where infrastructure is being built, there are jobs on the ground.“Projects like the pacific Highway upgrade, Port Macquarie Base Hospital Expansion or the work that...  Read More...

  • More Opportunities For Local Youth

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced that two local organisations have received almost $48,000 in funding under the Youth Opportunities program to deliver a number of initiatives in 2017.The NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities Program provides grant funding to organisations to deliver youth-led, youth-driven community projects.Mrs Williams said that the NSW Government is investing in grass-roots projects that engage young people and aims to increase their p...  Read More...

  • $337 Million For Cleaner Communities

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to invest $337 million over four years from 2017-18 for state-wide litter reduction and waste management projects as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.“This investment means the NSW Government can continue tackling litter, combating illegal dumping and rogue waste operators, facilitating the development of waste and recycling infrastructure and supporting councils,” Mrs Williams ...  Read More...

  • Good Luck To HSC Exam Students

    Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams has wished the 712 students enrolled locally the very best as the 2016 HSC written exams get underway with English today.Mrs Williams said students should feel extremely proud, especially those about to begin their final school examinations after 13 years of school.“Obtaining the HSC qualification is a fantastic achievement. It is internationally recognised and the pinnacle for school-based education in Australia.“For any students worried abo...  Read More...

  • Local Rural & Remote Early Childhood Scholarships Awarded

    Member for Port Macquarie and Minister for Early Childhood Education, Leslie Williams is pleased to congratulate four Port Macquarie early childhood educators awarded a Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarship.Mrs Williams said it is a great opportunity for local educators to receive up to $10,000 in funding to help with the costs of upgrading their qualification to a four-year Bachelor’s degree.“These scholarships are specifically for early childhood educators working i...  Read More...

  • Boating Safety Day

    Roads and Maritime Services has joined with Gone Fishing NSW Day to host the annual Boating Safety Day on Sunday 16 October at Port Macquarie’s Westport Park.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said everyone is encouraged to attend the free family friendly event to raise awareness of safe and responsible boating on NSW waterways.“Boating Education Officers and Boating Safety Officers will be on site to provide the community with important safety equipment and lifejacket inform...  Read More...

  • Boost In Quality Teaching

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said that local schools and students would benefit from the NSW Government’s new Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020.Mrs Williams said the $340 million investment in quality teaching by the NSW Government will help to ensure students have the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need to succeed at school and later in life.“The skills of reading, writing and numeracy are crucial – particularly in the first few years of schoo...  Read More...

  • Mental Health Help Guide Launched

    One in five people in Australia are likely to experience a mental health episode during their lifetime so it is vitally important that we have local health facilities that are well resourced to provide support and treatment, but also know who to turn to in times of need, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said today.“With this in mind, I have produced an eight page booklet titled Live Life - a Guide to Mental Health to be distributed to every household in the Port Macquarie elector...  Read More...

  • Strong Jobs Growth On The Mid North Coast

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today welcomed new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirming employment on the Mid North Coast has grown by 4,800 jobs in the past year.Mrs Williams said this continued job growth is a reminder of the great things the NSW Government is doing in regional NSW.“Where infrastructure is being built, there are jobs on the ground.“Projects like the pacific Highway upgrade, Port Macquarie Base Hospital Expansion or the work that...  Read More...

  • 2017 Flagship Event Fund Now Open

    Local event organisers are being encouraged to apply for grants under the NSW Government’s new 2017 Flagship Event Fund, with expressions of interest open from today.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the Fund will offer a one-off annual grant of $20,000 or a triennial grant of $27,500 per year for three years to events that have been running for more than two years.“Expressions of interest are now open for the 2017 Flagship Event Fund to help give local events vital fun...  Read More...

  • Local Police Officers Honoured With Awards

    Last week I had the pleasure of representing the Premier by attending a ceremony at Government House to honour the recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honours as well as the presentation of Bravery Awards, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said today.“Two such recipients from the Port Macquarie electorate were on hand to receive their awards.“Mid North Coast Local Area Commander, Superintendent Paul Fehon received his Australian Police Medal for his 36 years serving in ...  Read More...

  • Families Win With Preschool Funding Boost

    Member for Port Macquarie and Minister for Early Childhood Education, Leslie Williams has welcomed an additional $115 million in funding to make early childhood education more affordable for local families and reduce fees by an average of 30 per cent.Mrs Williams said the NSW Government is committed to providing universal access to quality early childhood education. This funding will reduce preschool fees for four and five year olds and remove nearly all fees for children from Aboriginal and low...  Read More...

  • $14 Million Pacific Highway Rebuild Opens

    Motorists travelling on the Pacific Highway between Kew and Port Macquarie will benefit from an improved road surface with work to rebuild a 6.5 kilometre section of the highway finishing yesterday under time and on budget.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the NSW Government invested $14 million to strengthen the road, providing a safer, smoother highway surface for road users.“This important project was carried out by Roads and Maritime Services and will reduce the need for ...  Read More...

  • Local Aboriginal Student Of The Year

    Member for Port Macquarie and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams today announced the local inaugural 2016 Aboriginal Student of the Year is Kiara Tonning from Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie Campus.The Aboriginal Student of the Year is a new annual award recognising young people who demonstrate leadership within their school and local community.“As a local MP, I was pleased to nominate Kiara for this award,” Mrs Williams said.“Kiara is an outstanding st...  Read More...

  • Guest Wi-Fi Launched At Port Macquarie Base Hospital

    Patients and their families will benefit from a new Wi-Fi service launched at Port Macquarie Base Hospital today.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams joined Mid North Coast Local Health District staff to launch the new service at Port Macquarie Base Hospital, which is the first regional public hospital in NSW to connect patients and visitors with free wireless internet.The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick are the only other public ho...  Read More...

  • NSW Government Provides $15,000 To Support Port Macquarie Timebanking

    Minister for Ageing, Disability Services and Multiculturalism, John Ajaka and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced a grant of $15,000 to support the growth of Timebanking in Port Macquarie while visiting volunteers at the Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre.Timebanking enables participants to receive a credit for each hour of volunteering they gift to someone else and then exchange that credit for support from someone else. The system is online, and membership is free. Time...  Read More...

  • Local Young Artist Awarded $10,000 Scholarship

    LOCAL YOUNG ARTIST AWARDED $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPA Bonny Hills musician has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship as part of a NSW Government initiative to provide opportunities for the State’s next generation of arts professionals to further develop their skills and knowledge.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, said Nicholas Cummins was one of a select group of 10 talented young regional artists awarded scholarships during the current round of the NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship p...  Read More...

  • Grants Available For Local Sport and Recreation Projects

    Local community groups, sports clubs and councils are encouraged to apply for up to a million dollars to help them deliver an important sports infrastructure project for their communities.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is inviting local community groups, sports clubs and councils to apply for grants between $500,000 and $1 million for new or upgraded sport and recreation infrastructure projects.“These grants are being made available under the NSW Government’s 2016/17 Club...  Read More...

  • FuelCheck: The Cheapest Petrol Prices At Your Fingertips

    Local motorists will now be able to find the cheapest petrol at every service station in NSW thanks to the state-government’s new initiative, FuelCheck.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said FuelCheck is the first service of its kind in Australia and will change the way drivers buy petrol by providing accurate, real-time fuel price information at every service station across NSW.“It will be accessible on any device connected to the internet, including smartphones, tablets, d...  Read More...

  • Funding Boost To Help Local Providers Get NDIS Ready

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced more than $201,000 in funding to help seven local disability service providers to get ready for the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Port Macquarie electorate.The NSW Government’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) offers $4 million in grant funding to help providers in regional and remote NSW transition to the scheme and will go towards things like updating business plans or purchasing software.&...  Read More...

  • Extra Security For Port Macquarie Courthouse

    Port Macquarie Courthouse will be able to rapidly increase security at short notice following the arrival of a new portable metal detector, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams announced today.The NSW Government has invested $67,000 in 13 portable metal detectors, which have been deployed to locations across NSW including Armidale, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Broken Hill, Byron Bay, Dubbo, Katoomba, Lismore, Port Macquarie, the Supreme Court’s King St building in Sydney’s CBD, Tare...  Read More...

  • Community Grants To Honour The ANZAC Tradition

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott announced two local RSL Sub Branches have received NSW Government funding grants as part of a proud commitment to honour Australia’s servicemen and women.The Laurieton RSL Sub-Branch has received $7,079 to repair the Laurieton Memorial Park Cenotaph while the Kendall RSL Sub-Branch has been granted $9,092 to repair the Kendall War Memorial.The NSW Government is funding 44 projects across the state as...  Read More...

  • Celebrating Education Week 2016

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today encouraged local communities to join celebrations for Education Week 2016, which runs from 1-5 August.2016 marks the 62nd Education Week in NSW. Public schools across the state will be sharing their success stories with parents and the wider school community.“This year’s theme, ‘Shared stories, better learning, stronger communities’, acknowledges the important role public schools play in fostering relationships between stud...  Read More...

  • New Tourism Networks For Regional NSW

    The NSW Government will invest $43 million over four years in a major overhaul in the way regional and rural areas attract visitors, including the creation of six new Destination Networks throughout NSW.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams welcomed the announcement, saying the establishment of Destination North Coast will be a win for tourism in the region. “From our hinterland of lush river valleys, coastline of stunning beaches to the awe-inspiring landscape of Lord Howe Islan...  Read More...

  • Eight Luminosity Young Guns Sponsored By Leslie Williams

    Luminosity Youth Summit challenges today's generation to become tomorrow's leaders. Leading the way for eight Indigenous students is Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams who will sponsor their attendance at the Summit, now in its fourth year.   The generous sponsorship will give youngsters the chance to hear from high profile presenters including entrepreneur Jack Delosa, fashion designer Samantha Wills and environmentalist Tim Silverwood.The Summit inspires young peopl...  Read More...

  • Prevention Grants To Combat Litter

    Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will receive a NSW Government grant of $116,000 to tackle litter in the Hastings, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams announced today.Mrs Williams said Council would receive a share of more than $1.2 million in grant funding for NSW litter initiatives under the government’s round 3 Council Litter Prevention grants program.“Councils know where their litter hotspots are and they know how to tackle them better than anyone,” Mrs Williams said....  Read More...

  • Major Budget News For Port Macquarie Electorate

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has today welcomed the announcement that funding in this year’s State Budget has been allocated for the commencement of the upgrade to Port Macquarie Base Hospital’s Mental Health Unit. “$3.2 million dollars has been included for the new inpatient mental health unit which will double the number of mental health beds to 24, and enhance the care provided to all patients including the capacity to provide care to the elderly and young...  Read More...

  • Port Macquarie Showcased On Sydney Weekender

    The popular tourist attractions, local accommodation and fantastic dining scene in Port Macquarie will feature in a new episode of Sydney Weekender, shown to over 130,000 viewers, thanks to a partnership with the NSW Government to promote the array of experiences on offer across Sydney and the surrounding regions of NSW.Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the episode secured by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, will encourage audiences ac...  Read More...

  • Port Macquarie Airport Soars With New Funding

    Port Macquarie Airport has landed $5 million that will accommodate increased visitor numbers and stimulate the local regional economy for the years to come.Minster for Regional Development, John Barilaro, and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, today announced the new upgrades at Port Macquarie Airport.“The $5 million will go towards the upgrade of the airport terminal building including internal baggage claim carousel and additional passenger amenities,” Mrs Williams said.&l...  Read More...

  • New Employment Program To Recognise Veterans

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today welcomed the launch of the new Veterans Employment Program, which skill-matches veterans to fulfilling careers in the NSW public service.The NSW Government’s new program will offer practical guidance to military personnel who want to change careers and help identify government roles closely matched skills associated with military rank.It also includes an education campaign to help employers better understand the unique skills and experience ...  Read More...

  • Work Starts To Improve Traffic Flow At Wrights Road Roundabout

    Work will start next week on a $3 million project to install traffic lights and slip lanes at the Wrights Road roundabout in Port Macquarie.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the installation of traffic lights on one leg of the roundabout and slip lanes in and out of Wrights Road would improve traffic flow and reduce congestion during peak times.“Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday 24th May and will involve installing traffic lights at the eastbound entry lane from the Oxley...  Read More...

  • Hastings District Respite Centre Officially Open

    Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams was joined by Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka to officially open Hastings District Respite Care Services new headquarters.Organisations like Hastings District Respite Care Services (HDRC) are close to my heart. I know from personal experience that dementia not only affects the individual, but often places a strain on their loved ones,” Mr Ajaka said.“However, I have seen how people with dementia can respond and benefit from innova...  Read More...

  • Grants Open For Community Preschools

    Member for Port Macquarie and Minister for Early Childhood Education, Leslie Williams is encouraging local preschools to consider applying for a NSW Government grant.Mrs Williams said that applications for the $14 million Community Preschool Outreach Grants program are now open.“The grants, worth up to $15,000 each, are open to not-for-profit community preschools in our community to help boost preschool access for local families.”“Preschools will be able to use the grant in the...  Read More...

  • Funding Boost For Local Sporting Organisations

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has today announced $42,900 in NSW Government funding to improve sporting infrastructure as part of the 2015/16 Local Sport Grant Program. Funding has been provided to assist eight local sporting organisations. “The main aim of this program is to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport and active recreation in NSW,” Mrs Williams said.   Read More...

  • NSW Container Deposit Scheme

    The NSW Government will introduce a refund container deposit scheme that will drive down litter across our local area. Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said residents would be able to return their drink containers for a 10 cent refund, as part of the government container deposit scheme to tackle litter. The scheme will commence from July 2017 and apply to eligible drink containers between 150ml and three litres, which will display NSW CDS labelling.   Read More...

  • More Funding For Walking and Cycling Pathways

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced construction and planning will begin on new bike and walking paths across the region thanks to a $39 million state-wide investment by the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government. The Baird Government will fund more than 350 walking and cycling projects across the state to better connect communities, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and encourage more people to get active. “I am pleased the Hastings will benefit from this massi...  Read More...

  • Local Police Successfully Push Down Crime

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has praised the work of the hard-working men and women in the Mid North Coast Local Area Command for their excellent work to reduce local crime. Mrs Williams said the latest quarterly data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) reflects the tireless efforts of local police and the cooperation of the community. In the 24 months to December 2015, only one of the 17 major offence categories showed a significant upward trend state-wide, w...  Read More...

  • Port Macquarie To Shine On Better Homes And Gardens

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced that the region will feature on one of Australia’s most popular lifestyle television shows, Better Homes & Gardens, highlighting Port Macquarie’s array of fresh, local produce. Mrs Williams said the episode was supported by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. “We are delighted that beautiful Port Macquarie will be showcased to Australian audiences this Friday, featuring some of the region’s most pop...  Read More...

  • Hastings Valley Netball Scores NSW Government Grant

    Almost $1 million from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will be spent on a major redevelopment of the Macquarie Park netball courts including an upgrade of the playing surface, new disabled access toilet and clubhouse improvements. Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams joined Hastings Valley Netball Association President, Helen Miles and local netball players to announce the successful $919,028 grant through the ClubGRANTS Category 3 scheme. “The netball facilities at Macquarie Pa...  Read More...

  • Port Macquarie Community Receives Funding Boost To Combat Bush Fire Risk

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has welcomed the announcement of $35,262 which has been allocated to construct a new fire trail near a residential area in Port Macquarie as part of $2.59 million for 43 new projects to address bush fire risks throughout NSW. Mrs Williams said under the funding, local governments, NSW National Parks and NSW Lands will receive funding to support activities that manage bush fire risks. “This funding goes towards projects that aim to reduce the impact of b...  Read More...

  • Exceptional Local Seniors Recognised

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has congratulated local seniors who received a 2016 NSW Seniors Local Achievement Award, in recognition of the enormous contribution they make to our local community. “These awards are the community’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to our local seniors for their enthusiasm and commitment to their community,” Mrs Williams said “Seniors deserve recognition for the significant contribution they make across many different areas of community life.” “The recipient...  Read More...

  • Work Starts On $14 Million Upgrade

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has announced work will start next week on a $14 million upgrade of the southbound lanes of the Pacific Highway, about 4.5km north of Kew. “The NSW Government is funding this important work to improve the road surface along a 6.5 kilometre section of the highway between Kew and Port Macquarie. “The work will increase the strength of the road and will provide a safer, smoother road surface for motorists,” Mrs Williams said.   Read More...

  • New Community Project For Port Macquarie

    Two local community projects are set to receive make-overs with over $61,000 in grants, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams announced today. “Last year community groups, councils, charities and private organisations were encouraged to put forward projects that would help improve our local area under the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF),” Mrs Williams said. “I’m thrilled that Mission Australia Housing and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council were successful and...  Read More...

  • State Funding Granted For Manufacturing Expo

    The Port Macquarie Manufacturing and Engineering Expo will be held again in October following the success of last year’s event, thanks to the support of the local State Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams and the NSW Government. Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams has successfully secured $5,000 of funding for the Expo and said showcasing the potential of the Mid North Coast is a valuable experience for businesses and the community in Port Macquarie. “When I approached the Minister ...  Read More...

  • Thanking Local Volunteers

    Minister responsible for volunteering John Ajaka and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams launched the 2016 Student Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program. The Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program has the potential to recognise the more than two million volunteers in NSW. The Program has two recognition streams, youth and adult, and different levels of recognition for time spent volunteering.   Read More...

  • Applications Open For NAIDOC Week Celebrations

    Member for Port Macquarie and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams has encouraged more local groups to get involved in celebrating Australia’s Aboriginal culture, by taking advantage of $200,000 in funding grants for NAIDOC Week 2016. NAIDOC is a weeklong celebration of the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia. The NSW Government is offering grants to support local organisations running NAIDOC Week events this July.   Read More...

  • Time To Apply For $15 Million Public Reserve Funding

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has encouraged public reserve managers to apply for a share of the $15 million available under the NSW Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund Program (PRFM) to improve and develop more public spaces for our local community to enjoy. The 2016/17 PRMF program, which opened this week, is part of an annual program of grants and loans from the NSW Government to assist public reserve managers to develop, maintain and protect important public assets incl...  Read More...

  • Dementia Friendly Community Newsletter Launched

    Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka today launched a new Dementia Friendly Community Newsletter being delivered to every household in the Port Macquarie electorate. Minister Ajaka launched the newsletter at the opening of the new Alzheimer’s Australia office in Port Macquarie. Local MP, Leslie Williams who partnered with Alzheimer’s Australia (NSW) to develop the newsletter said, “Tackling dementia in our community is one of my highest priorities and I am urging ...  Read More...

  • Nominate A Local Senior

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today called for nominations for the 2016 NSW Seniors Local Achievement Awards to recognise the huge contribution seniors make to our local community. “With a world of wisdom and experience, seniors help make our area stronger and better by providing an invaluable contribution to our community,” Mrs Williams said. “The NSW Seniors Local Achievement Awards are an opportunity to thank a special senior for everything they do in the community.   Read More...

  • More Out Of School Hours Care Places

    More local families now have access to before and after school services with the completion of the first phase of the NSW Government’s $20 million Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) grant program, Member for Port Macquarie and Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said today. “We understand working parents need flexibility and that is why we have now expanded the grant program and opened it up to more schools. This will provide more places for our kids and enable our local school c...  Read More...

  • State Government Announces Regional Tourism Funding

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced that Local Government, Local Tourism Associations, sector organisations, industry and Regional Tourism Organisations can now apply for the third round of the 2015-2016 Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) Contestable Fund. Mrs Williams said the total RVEF funds available for the 2015-2016 financial year total $7.2 million, which is part of the $21.6 million record funding commitment announced by the NSW Government in 2012. “I am delighte...  Read More...

  • Medical Interns Welcome To Port Base Hospital

    Local Nationals MP Leslie Williams today welcomed 10 medical graduates who are commencing their one-year internship at Port Macquarie Base Hospital. Mrs Williams visited the hospital to meet the medical graduates on their first day of orientation. There are 983 medical intern places in NSW in 2016, which is a record.   Read More...

  • Almost $2.2 Million Funding To Support Vulnerable Families

    Local services for children, young people, families and communities in the Port Macquarie electorate will continue to help those vulnerable people to overcome complex challenges, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said today. “Services in our area will receive an extension of $2.199 million funding until mid-2017 for targeted earlier intervention and intensive programs. “This funding is part of the NSW Government’s $233 million commitment to intervening early to address issues in familie...  Read More...

  • Apply For Government Safety Fund

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier, Andrew Gee MP today joined local MP Leslie Williams to meet with community representatives to discuss how the local community can benefit from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s $10 million Community Safety Fund. The NSW Government is inviting local community and business groups to apply for the fund with crime fighting projects suitable for the area before January 22, 2016. The Community Safety Fund will invest up to $250,000 in individu...  Read More...

  • Endeavour Clubhouse Operational Opening

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said today she was delighted to attend the official operational opening of the Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse. Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse is the initiative of the local Port Macquarie community and follows international, evidence based model for mental health recovery and to increase the social inclusiveness & participation of members in their community. “The Clubhouse has been finished for a number of years and to now se...  Read More...

  • Minister Piccoli Visits Port Macquarie Schools

    Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams today visited three local schools. The tour stopped at Lake Cathie Public School to take part in the school’s inaugural awards presentation. The Ministers then visited the Port Macquarie campus of Hastings Secondary College and Telegraph Point Public School to discuss the positive changes extra needs-based funding has made to student outcomes.   Read More...

  • $200,000 For Big Swamp Project

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams and Planning Minister Rob Stokes today announced Greater Taree City Council would receive a $200 000 2015/16 Estuary Management Program grant for the Big Swamp Acid Sulfate Soil Remediation Project. Mrs Williams said the Big Swamp project was a broad-acre acid sulfate soil (ASS) remediation project within the Pipeclay Canal-Cattai Creek catchment, which has been identified by the State Government as one of the worst ASS hotspots in NSW. “The project are...  Read More...

  • Lord Howe Island Airport Project Set For Take Off

    Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams today welcomed a NSW Government announcement that Lord Howe Island airport has secured $1.8 million in funding to support vital infrastructure upgrades. Mrs Williams said the funding announcement is a much needed investment for Lord Howe Island that will improve the airport’s operation and efficiency, create jobs, and contribute to further local economic and tourism growth. “Lord Howe Island is a popular tourist destination and this funding will bring a ...  Read More...

  • NSW Government To Help Beatles Festival

    The NSW Government is backing the 2016 Beatles Festival with a $5,000 grant, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams announced today. “I am pleased that the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres MP responded so well to my request to help the Festival with a one-off grant so that next year’s event can go ahead. “After meeting with a number of the Festival’s committee members, it was obvious that funding assistance was needed.   Read More...

  • Local Community Projects Shortlisted For Funding

    Two local organisations have been shortlisted for funding to upgrade sporting facilities in the Hastings, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams announced today. Hastings Valley Netball Association and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council have both progressed through the Expressions of Interest (EOI) stage for the NSW Government’s ClubGRANTS Category 3 funding program. Both organisations have been invited to submit formal applications for their projects alongside 33 others that stood out from the...  Read More...

  • Works To Start On Breakwalls

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said $400,000 worth of coastal works are due to start next week to build a concrete path on top of the Harrington breakwater and to repair the training wall at North Haven. “In response to community requests, a 400 metre section of the breakwater next to the Harrington Lagoon will be sealed to provide a path suitable for everyone, from bikes to pedestrians and prams,” Mrs Williams said. “The work will join the existing concrete paths on the training wal...  Read More...

  • Port Macquarie Hastings Receives Estuarine Funding

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams and Planning Minister Rob Stokes today announced Port Macquarie-Hastings Council would receive a $186,038 2015/16 Estuary Management Program grant to help protect the islands and foreshores of Camden Haven. Mrs Williams said the Estuarine Lake Linkages project area was a highly significant estuarine corridor that linked the coast with two estuarine lakes, a chain of islands, intertidal mudflats and significant foreshore environments. “The area supports ...  Read More...

  • Local Stars Shine In School Spectacular

    Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams today congratulated local students who will showcase their talents in this year’s Schools Spectacular in the Qantas Credit Union Arena. Mrs Williams said students from Camden Haven High School and Hastings Secondary College will be performing over four performances on Friday and Saturday 27 and 28 November. “For 32 years, since the first show testing the acoustics of the new Sydney Entertainment Centre, Schools Spectacular has become a much anticipated e...  Read More...

  • Locals Win Innovative Practices Award

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today joined the Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka to congratulate the Hastings Aboriginal Network for Disability and Mental Health for winning the Excellence in Indigenous programs category of the 2015 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards that were announced at Parliament House in Sydney last night. This year’s Awards recognise and celebrate a wide range of initiatives that are making a difference to the lives of people with disability ...  Read More...

  • Awards Celebrate Innovative Practices In Disability Sector

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today joined the Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka to congratulate the Hastings Aboriginal Network for Disability and Mental Health for winning the Excellence in Indigenous programs category of the 2015 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards that were announced at Parliament House in Sydney last night. This year’s Awards recognise and celebrate a wide range of initiatives that are making a difference to the lives of people with disability ...  Read More...

  • Groundbreaking Youth Program

    The NSW Government is investing over $8 million to help young school leavers in regional areas take up training and find a sustainable job in the skilled workforce. The Regional Vocation Education and Training (VET) Pathways program is an initiative to support our young people who are training to acquire new skills. Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the Regional VET Pathways initiative encourages service providers to work with young people, aged 15 to 19 to make effective transitio...  Read More...

  • Not-For-Profit Accommodation Subsidies To Increase

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to boost Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) rebates for patients accessing not-for-profit accommodation. Mrs Williams said IPTAAS subsidies assist patients who must travel long distances to access specialist medical treatment. “Regional patients can spend weeks away from home while they receive treatment.   Read More...

  • Port Macquarie Electorate Businesses To Save $550,000

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said today new figures showing 59 medium to large businesses in the Port Macquarie electorate will save about $550,000 in workers compensation premiums compared to last year thanks to initiatives introduced by the NSW Government is great news.  The figures were part of a broader information release by Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet, showing how medium-large employers with a good safety record will save on their worke...  Read More...

  • $60,000 NSW Government Funding For The Glasshouse

    Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams today announced the Glasshouse Regional Gallery will receive $60,000 in arts funding in 2016 to engage and build more audiences. “The Glasshouse is a hub of artistic talent and passion and I am thrilled the NSW Government is supporting the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council with $60,000,” Mrs Williams said. “This funding will support a program of diverse exhibitions focussing on contemporary artists and encouraging participation, creativity, innovation and ...  Read More...

  • Thank A Paramedic Day

    Local MP, Leslie Williams is calling on the greater Port Macquarie region to thank paramedics for their service. First held in 2008, Thank a Paramedic Day is a publicly celebrated awareness day to recognise the work of NSW Ambulance paramedics. “Paramedics are role models within our community, who we look upon with the highest admiration.   Read More...

  • Major Work Starts On Stingray Creek Bridge

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today inspected the official start of construction works on the new bridge being built across Stingray Creek at North Haven. Mrs Williams said the NSW Government was providing $16.4 million towards the $26 million project which is being managed by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. “The start of major work could not have come soon enough and I am glad we finally have heavy machinery on site for this important project,” Mrs Williams said.   Read More...

  • Hidden Treasure Uncovered In Port Macquarie

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, today congratulated Mrs Erica Nelson, acknowledged as a hidden treasure on the 2015 Rural Women’s Hidden Treasures Honour Roll. The Honour Roll recognises the valuable volunteer work the nominated women do within NSW rural, regional and remote communities. This year 106 women have been recognised in this important publication.   Read More...

  • Pacific Highway Upgrade Works Progresses

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams MP, and Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, today announced the five Pacific Highway upgrade projects between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour will progressively open to traffic in the next two years with significant progress being made across the 105 kilometres of work. Mrs Williams said the $230 million Australian and NSW government funded Kundabung to Kempsey Pacific Highway upgrade had taken a major leap forward with the first concrete pavement work...  Read More...

  • Technology At Port Macquarie Courthouse Speeds Up Access To Justice

    The NSW Government has invested $250,000 in a technology upgrade of Port Macquarie Courthouse making access to justice faster, more accessible and less traumatic for victims of crime. A high definition Audio Visual Link has been installed in both courtrooms and in a multipurpose suite at the Port Macquarie Courthouse. Leslie Williams Member for Port Macquarie said, “By harnessing better technology, we are making access to justice faster and easier in our courts.   Read More...

  • 2000 Reasons For Small Businesses

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is reminding local businesses that the NSW Government is offering Small Business Grants to businesses to hire new employees. “The $27 million scheme is part of the Government's election commitment to deliver 150,000 new Jobs to New South Wales over the next four years. “The scheme will provide eligible small businesses with a $2,000 grant for each new full-time worker they employ, and a pro-rated grant for new part-time and casual workers,” Mrs Williams...  Read More...

  • Cost Burden Eased For Patients With Cancer

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has welcomed the NSW Government’s delivery of another election promise to ease the financial burden on patients living with cancer and other chronic conditions. The NSW Government will cover the co-payments for public hospital patients receiving Section 100 (s100) Highly Specialised Drugs and Section 100 injectable and infusible chemotherapy medicines. “This election commitment will relieve the stress on those living with complex illnesses having to for...  Read More...

  • $21,000 Funding Boost For Bangalay Child Care Centre

    Bangalay Child Care and Education Centre will receive $21,000 through a NSW Government initiative, Member for Port Macquarie and Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said today. Mrs Williams visited Bangalay Child Care and Education Centre to discuss the funding, which will help the centre offer a preschool program. “Long Day Care is the preferred option for many working families.   Read More...

  • New App For Young Carers

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has today welcomed the launch by the Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka of the ‘Who Cares?’ app for young carers. ‘Who Cares?’ is designed to help young people from 12 years old who care for loved ones with a disability or illness. Mr Ajaka said that more than 100,000 of the 850,000 carers in NSW are under the age of 25.   Read More...

  • Grants For More Innovative Communities

    With a higher than average percentage of older people living in the Port Macquarie electorate, local MP Leslie Williams has welcomed today’s announcement of a new $4 million grants program to support healthy aging. The Liveable Communities Grants will capture innovative ideas from a wide-range of groups including non-government organisations, academics, entrepreneurs, small businesses and local councils to define what it will mean to age well now and into the future. Mrs Williams said, “This is ...  Read More...

  • Timber Wharf Restoration At Crowdy Head

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said today that the $250,000 restoration of the timber jetty in the boat harbour at Crowdy Head is underway and is expected to be completed later in October, depending on favourable weather conditions “The Department of Primary IndustriesLands is replacing the majority of the timber in the structure and the steel piles will be treated to extend their life. “In addition to the wharf restoration works, general maintenance is being carried out to enhance p...  Read More...

  • Boat Safely This Season

    Boaters in and around Port Macquarie, Camden Haven and Manning areas are reminded with the official start of the boating season this weekend there are a few things to do to keep safe on the water. Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “It is crucial for people using NSW waterways including rivers, bays and dams to follow lifejacket rules. “There needs to be a lifejacket on board for each person and these need to be kept where they can be reached quickly in an emergency.   Read More...

  • Honouring Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has encouraged members of the public to show their appreciation for the NSW Police Force by joining Remembrance Day services to honour police who have lost their lives in the line of duty. “Today is the most significant day on the policing calendar where we pay tribute to the officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice to serve their communities,” Mrs Williams said. “Today I encourage everyone to join one of the many Remembrance Day services being hel...  Read More...

  • Port Macquarie Leads On Supporting Vulnerable

    Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka today joined Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams to visit a number of organisations that support people with disability and people with dementia on the Mid North Coast. Mr Ajaka and Mrs Williams visited Alzheimer’s Australia, the new Hastings District Respite Care, Centacare Port Macquarie and NewIDAFE where they met with staff to discuss their services and facilities. “I commend these organisations for their hard work and commitment t...  Read More...

  • Sun Protection For Tacking Point Public School

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced that our area would receive funding to build shade structures for sun protection. Close to $1 million worth of grants will provide much needed shade in community parks and recreation areas, sporting grounds, schools and clubs across NSW. “Tacking Point Public School will benefit from a grant worth $25,000 to erect a shade structure over an existing outdoor court,” Mrs Williams said.   Read More...

  • Supporting People In Poverty

    In the lead up to the International Anti-Poverty Day on the 17th October, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams and Katrina Humble from the Hastings Reap By OzHarvest are encouraging people to support a free sausage sizzle lunch next Monday in the Glasshouse Forecourt. Mrs Williams said it is estimated that around 12% of people in regional areas like the Hastings are living in poverty and we should all try and help make a difference. “We are asking people to have a look in their cupboards f...  Read More...

  • More Flashing Lights For Local Schools

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced a huge boost in protecting children on roads around the Port Macquarie and Camden Haven areas with more schools in the local area having a set of flashing lights installed. “Children are some of our most vulnerable road users and we know that flashing lights slow motorists down around schools,” Mrs Williams said. “That’s why I’m very pleased to announce that 14 local schools are receiving a set of flashing lights.   Read More...

  • Indigenous Literacy Day

    Member for Port Macquarie and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams will today presenting books to Westport Public School and the Burraydjarr Youth Group at the Birpai Aboriginal Land Council to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day. “Instilling a love of learning in young people is one of the most important things that we can do as educators,” Mrs Williams said. “Today is Indigenous Literacy Day, which is a great opportunity to pick up a book, visit a library or tell a story.   Read More...

  • Let's Rub Out Graffiti

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today encouraged local members of the community to roll up their sleeves and become involved in Graffiti Removal Day, which will be held on Sunday, 18 October 2015. “The community is fed up with graffiti tags staining our homes, businesses and public areas,” Mrs Williams said. “Graffiti Removal Day is a great opportunity for community groups and local residents in our area to get involved in the graffiti clean-up and send vandals a message.   Read More...

  • National Meals On Wheels Day

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today joined with Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka in applauding the commitment of more than 75,000 Meals on Wheels volunteers across Australia as part of today’s National Meals on Wheels Day. Mr Ajaka said that the Meals on Wheels service makes it possible for older Australians and people with disability to stay in their homes by delivering nutritious meals, social interaction and regular visits. Mrs Williams said tha...  Read More...

  • Minister Opens New $3.4 Million Port Macquarie Fire Station

    The Minister for Emergency Services, David Elliott, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams and Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Greg Mullins today officially opened the new Port Macquarie Fire Station at the city’s emergency services hub. Minister Elliott said the new fire station would provide firefighters with state-of-the-art facilities worthy of a modern fire and rescue service. “The NSW State Government has invested $3.4 million in this new fire station which now joins the NSW...  Read More...

  • Long Day Care Centres Encouraged To Apply For Funding

    Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams this week visited Lake Cathie Children’s Cottage to speak with staff about NSW Government funding that will support education programs in Long Day Care centres. Mrs Williams said $20 million has been made available for these services to offer preschool programs in the year before school. “Funding will be made available to services by October and I would encourage long day care centres to return their funding contracts and payment information to the Depar...  Read More...

  • First Manufacturing and Engineering Expo

    Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said Port Macquarie’s first manufacturing and engineering expo looks set to be a hit following an enthusiastic response from business and educational institutions keen to take part in the 3 September event. Mr Barilaro said the inaugural Mid North Coast Manufacturing and Engineering Expo at Newman Senior Technical College will bring together industry, business, government and local students to discuss, ...  Read More...

  • Where's Williams Raised In Parliament

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams used a speech in Parliament last night (Tuesday) on National Missing Person’s Week to highlight the tragic disappearance of Williams Tyrrell. “Kendall on the beautiful Mid North Coast is a picturesque, quiet, closely knit community that on the 12th September last year was thrown into the national spotlight for all of the wrong reasons. “It was on that fateful day that then three year old William Tyrrell went missing from the front yard of his grandparen...  Read More...

  • $101,000 To Improve Public Reserves At Harrington

    Minister for Lands Niall Blair and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams have today announced the NSW Government will invest more than $101,000 to support the development, maintenance and improvement of public reserves in Harrington. “As part of the Public Reserves Management Fund – nearly $17 million will be invested right across the state to improve our public reserves,” Mr Blair said. “We have 700 reserves, which are looked after by volunteers, who help care for facilities such as public...  Read More...

  • Increased Support For Students In Non-Government Schools

    Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams is welcoming the announcement of an additional $50 million under the Building Grants Assistance Scheme to fund new classrooms and facilities in non-government schools. The additional funding over the next four years will be allocated in tomorrow’s NSW Budget 2015-16 for non-government school capital works, and represents a 100 per cent increase under the scheme. “St Peter’s Primary School is an example of a school that has benefited from the Building Gra...  Read More...

  • Williams Sponsors Local Luminosity Students

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has arranged sponsorship for four local students to attend next week’s Luminosity Youth Summit. “Minister for Aging, the Hon John Ajaka MLC has supported my request for $1,000 to sponsor some local students,” Mrs Williams said. “The Luminosity Youth Summit aims to inspire and lift the leaders of tomorrow with a diverse range of programs and opportunities for youth from all walks of life to motivate and propel their personal development.   Read More...

  • Funding To Upgrade War Memorial

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today welcomed the announcement that the Port Macquarie War Memorial will receive $ 2,792 to preserve the monument for future generations. The grant will go towards providing a new plaque to include names of veterans from conflicts in Afghanistan, the Gulf War, Somalia and Peace Keeping and Peace Making efforts as well as updating a number of names of soldiers from World War Two. All of the current bronze plaques will also be rejuvenated.   Read More...

  • More Flashing Lights For Local Schools

    Local students at Lansdowne and Moorland will from school holidays safer following the installation of flashing lights at their schools. Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the NSW Government was delivering on its commitment to ensure every school in the state will have a set of flashing lights by December 2015. “I’m delightedthat Lansdowne and Moorland Public Schools have received flashing lights as they provide extra road safety by slowing motorists down around our children and sch...  Read More...

  • Grants Available For Footy Clubs

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced the NSW Footy Facilities Fund is now open for applications until 12th August 2015. The program is a joint initiative of the National Rugby League and the NSW Government, and offers funding for projects throughout NSW. “This program is an important initiative that will help fund grassroots footy clubs in the Port Macquarie electorate and throughout NSW,” Mrs Williams said “The NRL and the NSW Government want to get behind our local footy ...  Read More...

  • Improving Pedestrian Safety

    Following on from record local roads funding in the State Budget, pedestrian safety is also set to be improved with money provided in the Budget for a range of projects in the Port Macquarie electorate. Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said across NSW $4.1 billion has been allocated for regional and rural infrastructure including around $200 million for local road projects in the Port Macquarie electorate over the next 12 months. “Over $500,000 will be injected into projects to improve...  Read More...

  • Apply Now For CBP Grants

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has announced that the NSW Government will once again conduct the Community Building Partnership program in 2015. The Program offers grant funding for infrastructure based projects that meet a need in the local community. Applications for funding will be open from Monday 29 June – Friday 7 August 2015.   Read More...

  • Great Roads Budget Result

    Motorists will be celebrating record funding for road improvements in today’s Budget. Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “This year’s State Budget has again delivered some key funding commitments for the electorate with more than $200 million allocated for road projects over the next 12 months. “Since 2011 our Budget allocation has continued to grow reflecting the high level of progress being undertaken in this electorate.   Read More...

  • Local Airports Shortlisted For Funding Grants

    Port Macquarie and Lord Howe Island (LHI) have been shortlisted for consideration for a share of up to $95 million of NSW Government funding for infrastructure upgrades to help boost local tourism and create local jobs. Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the Lord Howe Island Board’s applications for Restart NSW funding will now move to the next stage of detailed application as one of 24 shortlisted projects under the NSW Government’s Regional Tour...  Read More...

  • NAIDOC Week Grants Announced

    Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced funding for the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council’s NAIDOC Week event. Mrs Williams said NAIDOC Week, which will run from 5-12 July, is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal culture. “The $2,000 received would be used to support the Birpai Port Macquarie Family Fun Day to be held at Westport Park between 10am and 2pm on Thursday 9th July.   Read More...

  • $20 Million OSHC Funding

    The 2015-16 NSW Budget includes a $20 million Before and After School Care Fund, which will ensure more Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) places are available from the beginning of 2016. Minister for Early Childhood Education and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said that schools without an OSHC service will be able to apply for funding from August this year. The Before and After School Care Fund delivers on a key election commitment to help families.   Read More...

  • Harrington Men's Shed Officially Opens

    After years of fundraising and through the dedication of its members and the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, the Harrington Men’s Shed was officially opened today by Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams. “As someone who has been associated with Men’s Sheds for many years, I know how vital they are in bringing men together for social interaction and fellowship. “A shed in the backyard is part of Australia’s culture and the Harrington Men’s Shed is an extension of that.   Read More...

  • Quality Hospital Performance For Port Base

    Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams today welcomed new statistics that confirmed Port Macquarie Base Hospital is performing outstandingly when it comes to emergency department patient waiting times. The latest Bureau of Health Information Quarterly Report (January-March 2015), released today, shows the Port Macquarie Base Hospital is providing timely access to care for a record numbers of patients. “Today’s BHI report shows 74% of patients left the Port Macquarie Base Hospital emergency de...  Read More...

  • Lead Based Paint Warning To Home Renovators

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is encouraging people undertaking home renovations to pay particular attention when removing any lead based paints. “The popularity of home renovations is going through the roof due in part to the plethora of home renovations television shows screening at the moment, but care must be taken to avoid environmental contamination,” Mrs Williams said. “Whilst a lot of attention has been paid to ensure that asbestos removal is carried out to current safety gu...  Read More...

  • New Port Macquarie Fire Station Open Day This Saturday

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is encouraging the community to meet local firefighters and visit the new Port Macquarie Fire Station as part of the annual Fire & Rescue NSW Open Day. More than 330 fire stations across the state will throw open their doors this Saturday 30 May from 10am - 2pm. Mrs Williams said the annual Fire & Resuce NSW Open Day is a great way for locals to get a greater understanding of the important role firefighters play in the community.   Read More...

  • Aboriginal Communities Regional Healing Forums

    Member for Port Macquarie and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams today announced that the NSW Government will hold a series of regional healing forums with local Aboriginal communities. Addressing the Sorry Day – Guringai Festival in Sydney, Mrs Williams said we are reminded of the strength shown by members of the Stolen Generations and their families and Sorry Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the impact of the policies of forcible removal on Aboriginal people. “The NSW Governm...  Read More...

  • Beat The Queue With Real Time Waiting DATA

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced that customers can now view the current waiting time at the Port Macquarie Service NSW centre in real time, making it possible to plan visits when convenient. “The Service NSW one-stop-shop concept already offers low wait times, but there’s room for yet another layer of convenience to help customers save time,” Mrs Williams said. “Customers can now beat the queues by seeing how long they’ll have to wait before deciding whether to visit t...  Read More...

  • Rotary Praised In Parliament

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has praised the work of local Rotary volunteers helping cyclone devastated Vanuatu. In a speech to Parliament last night, Mrs Williams said volunteers like Rotarians make a wonderful contribution to our local community. “This evening I’d like to pay tribute to a group of volunteers who not only do some outstanding work in the Port Macquarie and Camden Haven areas, but also in the South Pacific paradise of Vanuatu.   Read More...

  • International Nurses Day

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has used International Nurses Day to thank the hundreds of nurses and midwives working in hospitals and community health centres on the Mid North Coast. “Our nursing staff do an outstanding job caring for patients and so often they go above and beyond without any recognition. “During my relatively short career as a nurse, no matter who I worked with, I was always confidentpatient care was given the highest priority first and I wasn’t wrong,” Mrs William...  Read More...

  • World Heritage Listed Lord Howe Island

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has announced that Lord Howe Island will feature on Prime’s popular travel show Sydney Weekender this week, thanks to a NSW Government initiative to promote the World Heritage-listed island in Winter. The episode, secured by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is part of a campaign aimed at driving additional bookings and package sales during the Winter 2015 season. “The episode will provide audiences with a valuable in...  Read More...

  • Scam Warning Targeting Mid North Coast

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is warning people on the Mid North Coast not to be fooled by the latest email scam doing the rounds. “Recipients of an email which claims to be from the Australian Taxation Office are being warned not to open it or download any information,” Mrs Williams said. “The emails say that people have been determined to be eligible to receive a tax refund of $491.00 and requests personal information, banking or credit card information.   Read More...

  • Strengthening Communities Through Local Decision Making

    Member for Port Macquarie and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams today said that reforms to increase local decision making are helping Aboriginal communities build stronger links with NSW Government agencies. Mrs Williams today met with members of the Local Decision Making Regional Chairpersons Committee to discuss progress on the NSW Government’s Local Decision Making (LDM) reforms. “We want to work with local Aboriginal groups and enhance their capacity to work with NSW Governmen...  Read More...

  • New Minister Meets Department Head At Hastings Secondary College

    Member for Port Macquarie and Assistant Minister for Education, Leslie Williams, met the Secretary of the Department of Education, Dr Michele Bruniges, at Hastings Secondary College today. The College’s Executive Principal, Dr Wayne Ible, discussed with Mrs Williams and Dr Bruniges the progress made by the College’s two campuses since it opened at the start of Term 1. Mrs Williams says the College was established from the former Port Macquarie and Westport High Schools to enable closer co-operat...  Read More...

  • Visual Arts Grant Available

    Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today encouraged localvisual artists embarking on their careers to apply for a $30,000 NSW Government Visual Arts Fellowship. “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is providing this funding as part of its commitment to supporting the professional development of artists in our State,” Mrs Williams said. “The fellowship is open to visual artists at the beginning of their careers and will support a self-directed program of professional development t...  Read More...

  • Local Facilities To Receive Funding Boost

    Three local sporting organisations are set to benefit from over $64,300 in State Government funding to improve sporting facilities. Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the funding through the 2014/15 Sport Facility Program would boost participation in sporting activities in the area. “I am pleased to be able to provide funding assistance to local clubs and sporting associations to increase the availability, standard and quality of sport facilities in the Port Macquarie electorate,” M...  Read More...

  • Honouring The Spirit Of ANZAC

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign and to commemorate the spirit of ANZAC, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has produced an eight page booklet featuring stories of local diggers. Mrs Williams said it is an honour to provide our community with a brochure dedicated to the Centenary of ANZAC. “The brochure details accounts of local men who faced battle at Gallipoli including Lieutenant Alban Elliot who later became the Hastings longest serving Mayor, the Duck ...  Read More...

  • Leslie Williams Joins NSW Cabinet

    Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams today said she was incredibly humbled by her newly-appointed roles as Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education. The NSW Government today announced the new Cabinet team – including Mrs Williams – that will help manage the State over the next four years, with nine Ministers hailing from regional NSW. Mrs Williams said she was thrilled to continue representing the Port Macquarie electorate,...  Read More...