YOUR SAY

Good news! Capper Street, Telarah was finally repaired in recent roadworks. Unfortunately,  there was an abandoned car on the street that, for some reason,  the Rangers won't remove. It has been reported several times.  After a days delay waiting,  the roadworks went on around the abandoned car, which remains. 

NOT MOVING: The Capper Street car and the roadworks that went on around it.

NOT MOVING: The Capper Street car and the roadworks that went on around it.

Crazy.

Telarah resident

ELECTION FUNDING

Political parties and candidates contesting the September 9 Local Council elections are subject to donation caps, which have been adjusted for inflation from July 1.

Donations are now capped at $6,100 per financial year, per donor, to any registered political party or group. Donations made by a donor in a financial year to an unregistered party, elected member, candidate or third-party campaigner are now capped at $2,700. Donation caps now apply to both State and Local Council elections in NSW.

John Schmidt, NSW Electoral Commissioner

CATHOLIC APOLOGY

The Marist Brothers’ Province of Australia has described as reprehensible the actions of a former brother who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

The actions of this individual display a complete disregard for the protection, safety and well being of innocent children. Sentencing in this matter remains underway and as a result we will only comment further once that process has been completed.

The Marist Brothers reiterate our call for any person with any evidence of criminal conduct, no matter how long ago it may have occurred, to contact the police so that it can be properly investigated.

Marist Brothers Australia

APPLY FOR FUNDING

I would like to urge community preschools and mobile preschools in the Hunter to apply for a grant to expand the number of places at services as part of the NSW Government’s $10 million Start Strong Capital Works Grants program.

 Right across the Hunter the NSW Government is ensuring children have access to early childhood education in the year before school. 

These grants are vital to ensuring services in the Hunter can invest in the right infrastructure to support more children in having access to early childhood education.

Minister for Early Childhood Education, Sarah Mitchell, said this funding can be used to construct new community preschools as well as expand existing services to allow for more available childcare places.

The Start Strong Capital Works Grants program is open to not-for-profit community preschools and mobile preschools operating in areas of the state where there is a demonstrated shortage of places.

Applications can be submitted online up until Friday 18 August. Visit the Department of Education website at

www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/regulation-and-accreditation/early-childhood-education-care/funding/start-strong/capital-works-grants-program

Scot MacDonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter 

ONLINE LICENCE

Boaters can now download a digital Boat Driving Licence, following the rollout of digital boat licences and vessel registrations across the state.

The NSW Government issues more than 23 million licences and permits each year, covering more than 760 different categories. This means customers could be carrying up to six different government licences or permits in their wallet at any one time. 

By removing paperwork and embracing technology we are providing customers with a product that is fit for the digital age.

The only exception is for personal watercraft licence holders who need to carry physical licences when out on a jet ski.

Victor Dominelli, Minister for Finance, Services and Property