June 18, 2014 The NSW Budget delivered on 17 June shows the Liberal and Nationals State Government is getting on with the job of rebuilding NSW and that is good news for the Tweed. The statistics inside my newsletter show we are performing better than neighbouring Queensland and indeed any other state. That is good for Tweed small business and good for Tweed jobs. That is not to say many locals aren’t still doing it tough, which is why the Budget also protects the vulnerable. We have maintained pensioner concessions by investing extra funds to make up for the shortfall left by cuts in the recent Federal Budget. We are also increasing the NSW Family Energy Rebate to $150 per year from 1 July, up from $125 and expanding the NSW Seniors Card program. $1.5 million is being provided to Tweed Byron & Ballina Community Transport Inc Home & Community Care The Budget also increases to $25 million the funds allocated to build the new Tweed Police Station in Wharf Street, Tweed Heads. One of the best programs which the NSW Government provides is the Community Building Partnership grants for community groups. The Budget is increasing the pool available this year to groups in the Tweed electorate from $300,000 to $400,000. I strongly encourage Tweed not-for-profit organisations to apply before the deadline of 18 July.