What's your New Year's resolution? 

Port Stephens MP and regional planning parliamentary secretary Craig Baumann

‘‘To get our new planning system up and running to facilitate sorely lacking development which would grow the economy, and for no fatalities on the roads in Port Stephens.’’

Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell

‘‘To get rid of the parliamentary paunch I’ve acquired this year, working on getting extra funding for Hillsborough Road, and continuing with work to get excess land at Glendale out of RailCorp’s hands so we can create jobs.’’

Upper Hunter MP and Tourism minister George Souris

‘‘To advance the particular cause of hospital upgrades throughout the electorate and where applicable to assist in ensuring adequate doctors are working in all our population centres.’’

Maitland MP and Environment Minister Robyn Parker

‘‘I want to continue delivering the infrastructure we’ve promised ...  getting the actual roadwork started for [improvements to the New England Highway roundabouts] and [completing] the clinical plan for a new Lower Hunter Hospital. Personally, find more time in my day, and strike that work-life balance.’’

Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery

‘‘2012 represented a year of record armed robberies. My quest is to make sure the Liberal state government improves police resources to ensure the Hunter is safer.’’

Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper

‘‘To raise and maintain my fitness to enable me to do everything else better, including performing responsibilities [as state MP], and for personal reasons, such as my grandchildren.’’

Shortland MP Jill Hall

‘‘Continue to put the electorate and people I represent first in all decisions and what I do, try to go swimming every morning, and spend more time with my family.’’

Charlton MP and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet

‘‘Convince the good people of my electorate to vote for me again, and help Labor win the 2013 election.’’

Hunter MP and Chief Government Whip Joel Fitzgibbon

‘‘To be less tolerant of minority groups which threaten our local economy and to push even harder for policies which reward effort.’’

Port Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie

‘‘To provide great services for the people of Port Stephens and remain positive for the economic future for the area, doing all I can to attract and encourage people to come and invest here and provide jobs for our people.’’

University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor Caroline McMillen

 ‘‘Getting to the gym much more.’’

Australian Hotels Association Newcastle president Rolly de With

‘‘Try and make Newcastle a better place and spend more time with family.’’

Newcastle beach inspector and Surfest organiser Warren Smith

‘‘Trying to enjoy more time with the family, especially the grandchildren. Spend quality time with family.’’

Hunter Koala Preservation Society president Sue Swain

‘‘Increasing public awareness about the plight of our koalas in Port Stephens, reducing the numbers killed by cars and having a holiday.’’

Fingal Bay author and fishing identity John ‘‘Stinker’’ Clarke

‘‘That every child learns how to spell and the meaning of the word ‘sustainability’ and how it applies to our natural resources. If our next generation understands it more than we do that would make me happy.’’

Chris Thornton, of the hatted Restaurant Mason, Newcastle

‘‘To maintain the ‘hat’, keep making our customers and staff happy, and to continue improving my cooking.’’

Troy Kemp, of Hunter-based ARIA-nominated country music duo McAlister Kemp

‘‘Work hard, play hard and stop occasionally to enjoy the fruits of my labour.’’

Brian Lizotte, owner of restaurant and live music venue Lizotte’s Newcastle

‘‘Eat more greens which are good for the body and play more trombone which is good for the soul. [US musician] Trombone Shorty inspired me.’’

Newcastle Taxis general manager John Woods

‘‘Continue to help people wherever possible and show kindness.’’

Award-winning country singer-songwriter Catherine Britt

‘‘Sometimes my life can get quite hectic and 2013 isn’t looking any quieter but next year I want to try to love, appreciate and spend more time with my loved ones.’’

World champion lawn bowler Natasha Van Eldik

‘‘To keep my fitness up and keep my focus on the greens.’’

Australian men’s team hockey player Simon Orchard

‘‘To eat healthier and cook more food for myself.’’

Fitness freak Michelle Bridges

‘‘To be more diligent about putting my clothes away! It’s one of those jobs I HATE!! But, it’s my resolution to get better at it!’’

Champion horse-racing trainer Kris Lees

‘‘To have a healthy family, win races for my owners, and have good times with my mates.’’

Knights playmaker Jarrod Mullen

‘‘To get ‘Mase’ [teammate Willie Mason] to buy an iPhone. The phone he has now struggles to get reception anywhere.’’

Sydney Swans AFL premiership winner Craig Bird

‘‘To find a girlfriend and to start living life to the fullest.’’

Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby

‘‘Appreciate the small things as well as the big things in life.’’

Jets striker Michael Bridges

‘‘To give up on chocolate and lollies. Oh and to get more game time – lol.’’

Wheelchair sports marathon man Kurt Fearnley

‘‘No real resolutions this year. I’m just going to try to enjoy each day I get to do what I do.’’

Newcastle jockey Andrew Gibbons

‘‘To ride as many winners in the second half of the season as the first. Apart from that I would like to beat Gary Harley’s pie-eating record.’’

Triple Olympic basketballer Suzy Batkovic:

 ‘‘Buy a Lotto ticket and win, eat more fresh food, and try to avoid all products from a jar or tin.’’ 

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