Last week I combined my portfolio and local work in a visit with Congewai Valley Landcare group. Most readers will know that Landcare is a national network of thousands of locally-based community groups who care for the natural resources of our country.

Australia boasts more than 4,000 community Landcare groups, 2,000 Coastcare groups and many thousands of volunteers across the country. Through Australia’s people and communities, the Landcare movement is making a big difference in caring for our country.

Landcare volunteers ensure that in partnership with government, our natural resources are protected.  In Congewai the group is doing just that and I thank its members and all other local groups for their efforts.


Many readers will have had direct or indirect exposure to the New South Wales Department of Education’s Star Struck event.
Around half of the region’s schools take part in Star Struck every year and more than 3,500 students participate in each production.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend last week’s performances but a staff member who represented me was amazed at the talent that the students displayed.  The sustained and continued success of Star Struck over the past 22 years is the result of the many contributors and in particular, the dedicated team of teachers and departmental staff who produce, direct and manage the large production.

Of course without financial sponsorship from local businesses and companies events like Star Struck would not be possible. I thank all sponsoring partners of this year’s Star Struck for providing the financial assistance that gives thousands of Hunter school students an opportunity to showcase their talents.   The main sponsor was coal mining company Glencore, another reminder of the benefits the coal mining industry brings to our local communities.


I will be providing a Mobile Office at Singleton and Muswellbrook on Monday June 29.  The Hunter electorate covers just over 20,000 sq km and I realise that it’s often difficult for many of you to visit my office. That’s why I’m bringing my office to you!
The following Mobile offices will be held 
• Singleton Senior Citizens Centre from 10am – 12noon
• Muswellbrook Council Chambers from 2pm -4pm
Bookings can be made by calling 4991 1022 or just call in and say hello.
Remember, I can deal with issues such as Centrelink, Child Support, Immigration, Medicare, Superannuation, Taxation, Veterans’ Affairs and Telecommunications.
I am always keen to assist with issues or questions relating to Federal Government departments or put you in contact with someone who can, so please ring, write, visit the website or call in.

Why not go the extra step by following me on my Facebook page “Joel Fitzgibbon” or on Twitter and type in the search bar “fitzhunter”. Or by regularly checking my website at or you can even sign up to my E-Newsletter.

To contact the office, phone 1300 301 753, visit or by post 3 Edward Street, (PO Box 526) Cessnock, 2325.

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