It was a pleasure as an old Penrith boy to represent local member Stuart Ayres and also the Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton to officially open the Penrith Community Recycling Centre.  Continue reading


Member of the Legislative Council the Hon. Shayne Mallard MLC today announced that a photograph which showcases the Blue Mountains as a holiday destination, has been crowned as a winning entry in the ‘What I Love About Holidays in NSW’ campaign.  Continue reading


I welcome the announcement made today by the Minister for Transport the Hon. Andrew Constance of more trains for the Blue Mountains.  As a local I’ve experienced the overcrowded trains on weekends in particular as tourists and visitors rediscover the magic of the Blue Mountains in droves. Tourism is a major employer and driver of economic growth in our region and the additional 24 train services will help meet the growth in visitors and improve their experience when journeying through the picturesque region. I congratulate the Minister for responding to local business and community calls for more services to the region and look forward to the already announced investment to upgrade the Blue Mountains line and introduce new state of the art inter urban trains which will positively transform the visitor and commuter experience even more. Commuters and tourists will have more express services, more seats and reduced travel times to popular Blue Mountains destinations following a major surge in demand. Continue reading

Premiers Anzac Memorial Scholarship 2017

On Monday May 22 I represented the Minister for Veterans Affairs the Hon. David Elliott at St Patrick’s College for Girls Campbelltown to present the Premiers Anzac Memorial Scholarship 2017 to Amelia Aguiar a year 12 history student. It was a great honour to congratulate Amelia in front of 600 of her peers at a special school assembly. Amelia leads a new generation of young Australians seeking the meaning of Anzac. Continue reading

Mallard sets the record straight on trains

Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MLC has delivered a stinging rebuke of claims by Labor’s Trish Doyle MP that new interurban trains are unsafe and track upgrades are unnecessary. Speaking to the Legislative Council on Thursday the 6th of April Mr Mallard said “I am addressing Parliament today to set the record straight on this issue for the alarmed residents and businesses of the Blue Mountains”. Continue reading

Welcome CTP reforms will reduce most green slips by $200

A new NSW CTP Green Slip Scheme is a step closer and expected to commence in December after a bill to reform the scheme passed NSW Parliament this week. Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the passage of the Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2017 would substantially reduce Green Slip premiums and ensure people injured in motor accidents get the support they need to recover.“Average premiums will be slashed from around $700 down to around $520 for Sydney passenger vehicle owners and from approximately $480 today down to $430 for country drivers,” he said. Continue reading

Media reports support for RSL

I was pleased to see our support from NSW Upper House was well received in the local Blue Mountains Gazette this week. 

NSW Parliament endorses quick rebuild for Katoomba RSL

Shayne Mallard accompanied by Liberal Councillor Kevin Schreiber, Katoomba RSL Club President Brian Turner and Club Director Steve Barrett inspect the destroyed RSL Club. Liberal member of the NSW Parliament Hon. Shayne Mallard MLC has successfully passed a resolution in the NSW Upper House calling on all three levels of government to work together for the speedy rebuild of Katoomba RSL club following the devastating fire on the 24th of February.  Continue reading

2016/17 NSW Budget

I was pleased to speak in Parliament about the recent State budget where I highlighted the elimination of State debt, the huge infastructure investment and the failures of Labor.  Continue reading