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I have developed this website to inform our community about things I believe may be of interest to them.

Having lived in Ward D, Kurri Kurri and Mt Vincent for close to 40 years I have developed a keen interest in the things that matter. Jobs, economic development, good facilities for our community and a personal desire to see the district prosper.

I first became involved in the community back in 1974 when I joined the Kurri Kurri Lions Club. Carol and myself both served as Lions Club members until around 1994.
In 1988 I was elected to the position of Committee Chair of the newly formed Kurri Kurri Tidy Town Committee where I served for 6 years as Chair. Carol and myself worked tirelessly with a great band of volunteers to build a better community. To this end in a little over 6 years the community won the Keep Australia Beautiful Councils award for the best town in NSW. An achievement I am immencely proud of.

It was during my employment as the Community Relations Officer at the Alcan Aluminium Smelter where I worked for 18 years that I became involved with the Kurri Kurri district business community. In 1989 I was elected Secretary of the Chamber for 3 years and then served a further 13 years as Secretary from 1994 before being appointed to the Presidents role in 2008.

Recently I have joined the Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri and been elected to Cessnock City Council to serve the LGA and in particular the citizens of Ward D.

You can be assured that I will work hard for your interests over the coming four years.

Latests News & Views

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Kurri Kurri its History & its Future

May 17th, 2021

The township of Kurri Kurri and the surrounding district was first established when coal was discovered at East Greta Junction now known as Gillieston Heights. In those early days at the end of the 19th Century the coal mine employees lived in very primitive conditions in villages surrounding the future[...]

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MY SAY

May 17th, 2021

Firstly, I would like to say that I am no expert the topic of Kurri Kurri having come from a Coastal dwellers lifestyle, growing up at Stockton the holiday resort for hundreds of Coalfields people over many decades. As kids we wondered why all the people came from those funny named[...]

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RESIDENTS REQUIRE ASSURANCES ON FUTURE OF THEIR HOSPITAL

May 7th, 2021

Kurri Kurri district residents need assurances on Health Services A group of community leaders met in Kurri Kurri week commencing 22 February and again in March to discuss concerns they have about the retention of hospital health services in their area. Of immediate concern is the loss of ED (Emergency Department) services.[...]

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Council meetings

May 7th, 2021

Council meeting rules Over the eight and a half years that I have been on council we met twice a month with the exception of December and January There was only one meeting in December and none during January, this represented 21 formal meetings Council always moved that the business of council could[...]

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JobKeeper rort

March 19th, 2021

The Big Grift: How the Top End of Town Rorted Jobkeeper By Luke Stacey with Michael West Media The most rampant era of welfare rorting in Australia’s history draws to a close at the end of the month when the JobKeeper scheme ends. Luke Stacey and Michael West investigate some of the b[...]