'Hard decisions': Scully defends government over scrapping Hunter funding

Michael Parris
Updated March 5 2024 - 6:15pm, first published 6:00pm
Paul Scully in Newcastle on Tuesday. Picture by Simone De Peak
Paul Scully in Newcastle on Tuesday. Picture by Simone De Peak

NSW Planning Minister Paul Scully says the Hunter lost funding for its mine grouting program and airport special activation precinct because the government had to tighten its belt when Labor took office.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris


Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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