Hunter personalities share their resolutions for 2015

Sharon Claydon
Sharon Claydon

Sharon Claydon, federal member for Newcastle

‘‘My plans for 2015 are ambitious – so in addition to holding the Abbott Liberal government to account and mapping out Labor’s vision for a smart, fair and inclusive Australia, my new year resolutions include helping to bridge the gap between politics and the people and redoubling my efforts to help build a more compassionate, just and inclusive society for all. On a personal note, I’ve also resolved to make more time for exercise, see more live music and get to more home games for the Knights, Jets and W-League.’’

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy, federal member for Charlton

“My main focus for the year ahead will be local jobs. As our economy slows, it is vital that governments respond with sensible measures to increase economic activity at a domestic level and provide the best opportunities for job creation.”

Tim Crakanthorp

Tim Crakanthorp

Tim Crakanthorp, state member for Newcastle

‘‘To work hard restoring the trust of the people of Newcastle, to advocate as strongly as possible in NSW Parliament for the people of Newcastle; and on a less serious note, to somehow go surfing more than last year!’’

Aaron Royle

Aaron Royle

Aaron Royle, Australian triathlete

‘‘I don’t really have New Year’s resolutions, I have goals I guess. I want to qualify for the Olympics (Rio 2016), the qualifying race is next year.’’

Mike Rabbitt

Mike Rabbitt

Mike Rabbitt, former NBN personality

 ‘‘I haven’t given it much thought. Seeing as I’ve just retired, I want to spend more time with the grandkids, kick back and smell the roses and still be involved in the local community.’’

Natasha Beyersdorf

Natasha Beyersdorf

Natasha Beyersdorf, NBN newsreader

‘‘I guess for me, I’m just recovering from having broken two toes and I’ve spent six weeks in a moon boot, so my New Year’s resolution is not to be so clumsy, so no more moon boot for 2015.’’

Rick Stone

Rick Stone

Rick Stone, Newcastle Knights coach

‘‘I haven’t really thought about it too much. Maybe just to stress less and use time wisely.’’

Morgan Evans

Morgan Evans

Morgan Evans, country music singer 

‘‘After a massive year on the road and our first headlining tour, my resolution for 2015 is to stress less and to take and enjoy each moment as it comes!’’

Jodie Harrison

Jodie Harrison

Jodie Harrison, state member for Charlestown and Lake Macquarie mayor

‘‘I would be dishonest if I didn’t say I want to be re-elected! I want to work to re-establish trust in politicians and political processes in 2015, and I’m also intending on fighting hard to ensure this area gets proper public infrastructure and quality services.’’

Robyn Parker

Robyn Parker

Robyn Parker, retiring state member for Maitland

‘‘For me, in 2015, I’m on the cusp of new opportunities and I’m really determined to make the most of those and enjoy life. I’d hope people in our region recognise how lucky we are to live here and that they are able to live well. For me, that means a return of the Baird government in March and my wish for the people of Maitland is that we have another government member who can continue to deliver the infrastructure the area needs.’’

Nuatali Nelmes

Nuatali Nelmes

Nuatali Nelmes, lord mayor of Newcastle

‘‘In 2015 I will work with all three levels of government and continue to fight for our fair share of resources to improve our city’s infrastructure and services for all Novocastrians. I will also improve council’s collaboration with the community whilst ensuring we are financially sustainable to ensure Newcastle’s long term future.’’

Emily van Egmond

Emily van Egmond

Emily van Egmond, Newcastle Jets W-League captain 

‘‘To make the World Cup team.’’

Sophie Stanwell

Sophie Stanwell

Sophie Stanwell, Newcastle’s Australian heptathlon champion 

‘‘To make the most of the time you have and make choices that are best for you.’’

Brad Cranfield

Brad Cranfield

Brad Cranfield,  2012 winner of The Block

‘‘To do the Kokoda Trail – I’ve wanted to do that for ages.

‘‘Try to work less.’’

Lara Cranfield

Lara Cranfield

Lara Cranfield, 2012 winner of The Block

‘‘Finish renovating our house in the Hunter Valley – it’s taken way too long.

‘‘Complete a half marathon.’’

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