2008 Media Archive
New Playgroup to Assist Indigenous Children - 19 December 2008
The Australian Government has announced that the Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative will recieve up to $500,000 over three years to operate a new playgroup for Indigenous children and their families.
$5m Funding for Women's Health Study - 17 December 2008
Sharon Grierson has welcomed the announcement of almost $5 million in Commonwealth funding to continue the work of a major women's health study being jointly undertaken by the University of Newcastle.
CPRS White Paper gets the Balance Right - 16 December 2008
Sharon Grierson says the release of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme White Paper provides further certainty for our region as we begin our sustainable energy future.
Half a Billion Dollars for Hunter Coal Chain - 12 December 2008
A $580 million investment in the Hunter coal chain is a further sign that the Rudd Labor Government understands the importance of our region to the national economy.
Funding Ensures a Brighter Future for Local Students - 11 December 2008
MPs from the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie region have welcomed Australian Government funding of $210,000 for the University of Newcastle.
One Year Report Card & Future Agenda for Newcastle - 4 December 2008
On the last sitting day for 2008, Sharon Grierson has outlined to Parliament her report card on the first 12 months of the Rudd Labor Government and her agenda for Newcastle's future.
Size Does Matter: Efficiency Dividend Report Released - 4 December 2008
Parliament's Public Accounts Committee, Chaired by Sharon Grierson MP, has tabled a report recommending relief for small agencies from the public service efficiency dividend.
New Appointment Sought for Newcastle Family Court - 20 November 2008
The Commonwealth will tomorrow seek expressions of interest and nominations for the appointment of a Judge to the Newcastle registry of the Family Court.
More Funds to Tackle Newcastle Infrastructure Backlog - 18 November 2008
Sharon Grierson says further funding announced by the Rudd Labor Government today will help local councils in our region tackle the backlog of local community infrastructure projects.
$250,000 to Reduce Binge Drinking in Newcastle - 17 November 2008
Sharon Grierson has welcomed the Rudd Government's announcement of a $249,955 grant to Newcastle City Council to help reduce binge drinking in our City.
Local Government Grants Announced Ahead of Summit - 16 November 2008
Ahead of the inaugural meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government, Sharon Grierson has welcomed the allocation of more than $5.5 million in Commonwealth funds to local councils in the region.
Work Starts on Croudace Street Blackspot - 14 November 2008
Work started this week on safety improvements at the intersections of Croudace Street with Mitchell Avenue, Pride Avenue and Chilcott Street at Lambton.
Better Student Services on the Way for Newcastle University - 10 November 2008
In answer to a question from Sharon Grierson, the Minister for Youth Kate Ellis today outlined to Parliament the Government's plan to restore student amenities and representation on university campuses.
Treasury Modelling Shows Path to a Sustainable Energy Future - 30 October 2008
New Treasury modelling showing Australia could reduce emissions while continuing economic growth is good news for Newcastle and the Hunter, Sharon Grierson says.
Economic Security Strategy to Benefit Newcastle - 14 October 2008
The Government's $10.4 billion Economic Security Strategy will maintain confidence, strengthen the national economy, and help those most in need in our local community.
Hunter Infrastructure Submission Welcomed - 14 October 2008
Sharon Grierson has welcomed the Hunter Infrastructure Alliance's submission to Infrastructure Australia, which recommends investment in key areas like port development, roads, rail and broadband.
Community Volunteers to be Awarded - 10 October 2008
Over 60 individuals and volunteers will be presented today with Communtiy Volunteer Awards, recognising the outstanding voluntary work, achievements and contributions made by members of the Newcastle community.
Official Opening of Alesco School Improvements - 9 October 2008
Sharon will today inspect and officially open $138,000 worth of Commonwealth-funded improvements to Alesco Learning Centre in Cooks Hill.
Weakleys Drive Overpass Open to Traffic - 8 October 2008
Hunter region MPs today inspected the $51.8 million federally-funded Weakleys Drive overbridge which is scheduled to open to traffic for the first time on Friday.
Launch of First Home Saver Accounts - 1 October 2008
Sharon Grierson will today launch Hunter United Credit Union's First Home Saver Account - the first institution in our region to offer this new way of saving to aspiring first home owners.
New University Places for Nurses in Newcastle - 29 September 2008
Sharon Grierson has welcomed the announcement of funding for 50 new Commonwealth supported higher education nursing places at the University of Newcastle.
Community Cabinet Comes to Newcastle - 13 September 2008
The Rudd Government has announced that its seventh Community Cabinet meeting will take place at Lambton High School in Newcastle on 29 September 2008.
Happy Birthday GP Access After Hours - 10 September 2008
Sharon will tonight join the 5th Birthday celebrations for the Hunter region's GP Access After Hours service.
Sydney Hearings on the Efficiency Dividend - 5 September 2008
Parliament's Public Accounts Committee will hold a day of public hearings in Sydney on Monday 8 September as part of its inquiry into the effect of the efficiency dividend on the service delivery, performance and staffing arrangements of smaller public sector agencies.
Rewarding Newcastle's Community Volunteers - 4 September 2008
Sharon Grierson has today invited the community sector to participate in two initiatives to help recognise and reward the wonderful work that volunteers do in Newcastle.
Loft Youth Venue Commended in Local Government Awards - 3 September 2008
Sharon Grierson MP and the Minister for Local Government, Anthony Albanese, today congratulated Newcastle City Council's Loft Youth Venue on receiving a commendation in the prestigious 2008 National Awards for Local Government.
15,000 Newcastle Households to Benefit from Rate Cut - 3 September 2008
Sharon Grierson has welcomed the Reserve Bank's decision to cut official interest rates by 0.25 per cent, saying it would help take some of the pressure off Newcastle families.
New Tourism Data to Boost Newcastle & the Hunter - 1 September 2008
Tourism operators in the Hunter will benefit significantly from today's release of the industry's first ever Regional Tourism Profiles.
$1.5 million to Improve Road Black Spots in the Hunter - 21 August 2008
The Rudd Labor Government has announced an investment of more than $1.5 million to improve dangerous black spots on local roads in the Hunter, including $30,000 for improvements along Northcott Drive at Adamstown Heights.
Audit Committee Reviews Budgets of Small Agencies - 19 August 2008
The Joint Committee of Public Accounts & Audit will hold two days of public hearings as part of its inquiry into the effect of the efficiency dividend on smaller government agencies.
Work for the Dole Encourages Computer Recycling - 18 August 2008
Charities and non-profit organisations in Newcastle will be receiving newly restored and upgraded computers, thanks to a local Work for the Dole project.
Support for Indigenous Languages, Arts & Culture in Newcastle - 15 August 2008
Sharon Grierson has welcomed the Australian Government's announcement of almost $400,000 in grants for local Indigenous language, arts and cultural programs.
Newcastle Kids Get Active for the Olympics - 14 August 2008
Over 800 Newcastle children are getting active during the Olympic and Paralympic Games under an Australian Government program to encourage them to become more physically active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
National Rental Affordability Scheme Information Session - 12 August 2008
Sharon Grierson has urged potential investors to attend a public information session in Newcastle on the Australian Government National Rental Affordability Scheme.
Public Accounts Committee Reports on Progress at Defence - 8 August 2008
Chair of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts & Audit, Sharon Grierson MP, today presented a progress report on equipment acquisition and financial reporting in Defence.
Businesses Can Go Green with Climate Ready Grants - 5 August 2008
Sharon Grierson is encouraging local businesses to apply for funding under the Government's recently announced Climate Ready Grants which will help support innovations that address the impacts of climate change.
$130k Investment to Wire Up Electro Skills Centre in Newcastle - 1 August 2008
The Australian Government has provided $130,169 to Electro Skills Pty Ltd to refurbish and expand its training centre at Warabrook.
Homelessness: Together We Can Do Something About It - 29 July 2008
Sharon Grierson today outlined the Government's response to homelessness to a forum in Singleton.
Young Australians Protect Kooragang Wetlands - 23 July 2008
Ten young Novocastrians have successfully completed a 26 week Green Corps project restoring the beautiful Kooragang Wetlands.
Applications Open for Phase Two of Trades Training Centres - 21 July 2008
Sharon Grierson has called on Newcastle secondary schools to consider applying for funding under Phase Two of the Trades Training in Schools Program.
Grierson Welcomes Green Paper - 17 July 2008
Sharon Grierson has welcomed the release of the Government's Green Paper on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.
Mobile Playgroup for Indigenous Children - 11 July 2008
Indigenous families in the Hunter will benefit from the Federal Government's announcement of funding for a mobile playgroup for the region.
Fort Scratchley Returned to the People - 27 June 2008
Fort Scratchley will this weekend be handed back to the people of Newcastle following around $12 million of Commonwealth-funded restoration work.
Funds Available to Fight Binge Drinking - 25 June 2008
Sharon Grierson has called for proposals from local community groups for funding to fight binge drinking under the Federal Government's National Binge Drinking Strategy.
Storm Heroes Honoured in Parliament - 23 June 2008
Six members of the Newcastle-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service were today recognised in the Federal Parliament after recieving an international bravery award for their role in the rescue of 22 crew from the stranded Pasha Bulker during last year's June long weekend storms.
2,454 New Toolkits for the 21st Century - 12 June 2008
Sharon Grierson today visited San Clemente High School and Francis Greenway High School, announcing that 2,454 new computers will be provided to 14 Newcastle secondary schools as part of the Federal Government's National Secondary Schools Computer Fund.
Federal Funds for Funky Clothing - 11 June 2008
Local Newcastle company Huggalugs Pty Ltd has been awarded a $38,354 Textile, Clothing & Footwear grant by the Rudd Government.
$100,000 for Newcastle Veterans - 5 June 2008
Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Grierson has announced over $100,000 in federal funding for Veterans organisations in the Newcastle region.
Newcastle Teacher Tops the Nation - 2 June 2008
Carolyn Hayden, a science teacher from Lambton High, was personally congratulated by Sharon Grierson and the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard today for receiving the National Award for Excellence By a Teacher.
Over $500,00 in Funding for Migrant Services in Newcastle - 30 May 2008
The Federal Government has announced that it will povide three grants totalling over half a million dollars to Northern Settlement Services in Newcastle.
$1.6 Million for Newcastle Uni Research - 29 May 2008
Innovative research into energy efficient mining and manufacturing technologies are among the six new research projects at the University of Newcastle sharing in $1,660,054 over four four years.
Newcastle a Sporting Chance for World Cup 2018 - 27 May 2008
Sharon Grierson today welcomed the NSW Government's $20 million injection for EnergyAustralia Stadium which, along with the $10 million provided by the Rudd Government in the recent Federal Budget, will allow the upgrade of the Stadium to a world-class facility.
CCS Legislation Open for Public Consultation - 22 May 2008
Minister for Resources & Energy Martin Ferguson and Member for Newcastle Sharon Grierson have announced the release of draft legislation for consultation which will establish the world's first framework for carbon dioxide capture and geological storage (CCS).
Australia's First Health Fund Makes Newcastle its First Choice - 21 May 2008
Australia's first registered health fund, rt health, will launch the first of its new-look member care centres in Hamilton, with help from special guest Sharon Grierson.
Final Decision on Nobbys Proposal - 19 May 2008
Sharon Grierson says Minister Garrett's final decision on the Nobbys Headland development proposal has been made with absolute respect for the views of the Newcastle community and the heritage values of Nobbys Lighthouse.
Rudd Government Funds Scanner for Newcastle Cancer Patients - 14 May 2008
Rudd Government MPs representing the Hunter Region have welcomed the funding to enable Newcastle's Calvary Mater Hospital to purchase a state-of-the-art scanner that produces three-dimensional images of the body - particularly useful for devising treatment for cancer patients.
Delivering on our Commitments, Investing in our Future - 14 May 2008
The Rudd Government's first Budget has delivered on election promises and invested in the long-term needs of the nation.
New Child Care Centre for Newcastle - 14 May 2008
A new early learning and child care centre to serve the local community in the Merewether-Hamilton area was confirmed as part of last night's Budget.
$13.7 million Boost for the University of Newcastle - 14 May 2008
Sharon Grierson today welcomed the Budget announcement of a $13.7 million grant to the University of Newcastle.
National Volunteer Week Boost for Hunter Groups - 11 May 2008
With National Volunteer Week beginning tomorrow, Sharon Grierson has announced $9,000 funding for two local voluntary environment groups.
New Brindabella Plane Welcomed to Newcastle - 8 May 2008
Sharon Grierson has officially welcomed Brindabella Airlines' new J41 Jetstream Aircraft to Newcastle Airport.
Inaugural Innovation Festival Kicks off in Newcastle - 6 May 2008
Sharon Grierson has congratulated 16 innovative Hunter businesses showcased at the 2008 Hunter Means Innovation Festival launch at the Boilershop in Newcastle.
Disability Employment Strategy Consults in Newcastle - 5 May 2008
Bill Shorten, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities & Children's Services, will be in Newcastle with Sharon Grierson MP today to steer public consultations for the National Mental Health & Disability Employment Strategy.
NSW ALP Conference - 4 May 2008
The weekend's NSW ALP Conference has confirmed the importance of listening to the Party's rank and file membership.
Budget Boost for Carers Welcome - 4 May 2008
Sharon Grierson has welcomed today's announcement of a billion dollar Budget package to fund disability services and increase support for carers.
Boost for Hunter Community Legal Centre - 2 May 2008
Sharon Grierson has today announced the Hunter Community Legal Centre's share of the Australian Government's $10 million injection into the nation's community legal centres.
The Generous Vision of a New Generation - 1 May 2008
Sharon Grierson will congratulate World Vision's Youth Organisation - Vision Generation - on the launch of its Newcastle arm at Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club tonight.
Newcastle Soldier Commemorated After 90 Years - 25 April 2008
A Newcastle World War 1 soldier who fell in battle on the Western Front has finally had his grave properly commemorated, 90 years after his death.
Australian Defence Medal Presentation - 18 April 2008
Nine Novocastrians will be presented with Australian Defence Medals at a special ceremony hosted by Sharon Grierson at Newcastle City Hall today.
Dedicated Commonwealth Court Needed in Newcastle - 17 April 2008
Sharon Grierson has urged the Attorney-General to fast-track the establishment of a dedicated Commonwealth law court facility in Newcastle.
International Bravery Nomination for Hunter Rescue Crew - 14 April 2008
The Australian Government has today nominated the Westpac Rescue Helicopter (Hunter Region) for the International Maritime Organisation's Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.
Newcastle to Work Together Towards 2020 - 14 April 2008
Sharon Grierson has released a Communique outlining the outcomes of the Newcastle 2020 Summit held on 5 April at Newcastle University.
Novocastrians to Have their Say at 2020 Summit - 4 April 2008
Sharon Grierson has announced that over 100 Novocastrians will participate in the Newcastle 2020 Summit tomorrow at the University of Newcastle.
Funding Powers Development of Stadium - 1 April 2008
The Rudd Government has reaffirmed its commitment of $10 million to help drive upgrades to EnergyAustralia Stadium in Newcastle.
Launch of Hunter Dementia & Memory Resource Centre - 1 April 2008
Sharon Grierson says that the launc of the Hunter Dementia & Memory Resource Centre is great news for Newcastle and another example of the Government delivering on its election commitments.
Newcastle Youth Connect to their Future - 1 April 2008
A program to help local young people who have dropped out of school get back on track was launched today by the Federal Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis, and the Member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson.
Nobbys Headland - 26 March 2008
Sharon Grierson has today been advised by the Minister for the Environment & Heritage, the Hon Peter Garrett MP, of his proposed decision regarding the development of Nobbys Headland.
Newcastle Information Session for Separated Parents - 19 March 2008
Sharon Grierson today committed to doing all she can to ensure that the Prime Minister's $53 million national package to combat binge drinking brings real benefits for Newcastle.
Newcastle 2020 Summit Announced - 16 March 2008
Sharon Grierson MP is calling for nominations for a Newcastle 2020 Summit to be held on 5 April 2008 at the University of Newcastle.
PM's Alcohol Strategy to Benefit Newcastle - 13 March 2008
Sharon Grierson today committed to doing all she can to ensure that the Prime Minister's $53 million national package to combat binge drinking brings real benefits for Newcastle.
Grierson to Chair Parliament's Watchdog Committee - 12 March 2008
Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Grierson was today elected Chair of Parliament's powerful Joint Committee of Public Accounts & Audit.
HMAS Westralia and HMAS Assault Commemoration Day - 9 March 2008
This commemoration marks the 65th Anniversary of the arrival of the Royal Australian Navy armed merchant cruiser HMAS Westralia, the establishment of the shore-based training base HMAS Assault, and the establishment of the American Army training camp at Nelson Bay in World War 2.
International Women's Day - 8 March 2008
Sharon Grierson today encouraged the community to celebrate International Women's Day.
Grierson Encourages Local Environment & Film Students - 7 March 2008
The Federal Member for Newcastle today announced the two recipients of the 2008 Sharon Grierson Education Scholarship.
Qantaslink Decision Shows Need for Investment in Skills - 26 February 2008
Qantaslink's decision to suspend its Newcastle-Sydney service, whilst disappointing, highlights the need for a renewed push for investment in skills and training - particularly in regional Australia.
Launch of Shortland Waters Irrigation Project - 26 February 2008
Sharon Grierson will today help Shortland Waters Golf Club launch stage 1 of its new irrigation system, constructed with the help of a $245,000 Commonwealth Community Water Grant.
Grierson Delivering PET Scanner, Baldwin Rewriting History - 21 February 2008
Sharon Grierson today confirmed that the process for a Positron Emission Tomgraphy (PET) Scanner Medicare license is in train and negotiations between the Government and Calvary Newcastle Mater Hospital are progressing.
Nominations Sought for Australia2020 Summit - 14 February 2008
Sharon Grierson MP has invited nominations and submissions from the Newcastle community for the Australia2020 Summit on 19-20 April 2008 in Canberra.
National Apology to the Stolen Generations - 13 February 2008
Sharon Grierson has sent a message from Parliament House to Newcastle on the occasion of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
Transport Links Vital for Newcastle's Future - 10 February 2008
With Federal Parliament resuming this week, Member for Newcastle Sharon Grierson has written to the Minister for Transport seeking urgent consideration of the infrastructure and transport needs of business and residents in the Newcastle and Hunter region.
Emergency Volunteer Support Funding Available - 8 February 2008
Sharon Grierson today called for applications from emergency management organisations for funding under the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund.
$750,000 for Safety Improvements to Croudace St, Lambton - 7 February 2008
Safety improvements are set to start soon along Croudace Street, at its intersections with Mitchell Avenue, Pride Avenue and Chilcott Street in Lambton.
$47,767 to Support Local Veteran Community - 5 February 2008
Local organisations will receive almost $50,000 in funding from the Australian Government to support the local veteran community, Sharon Grierson announced today.
Sharon Grierson Education Scholarships Open - 4 February 2008
The Federal Member for Newcastle has today invited nominations for the 2008 Sharon Grierson Education Scholarships.