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  • LIGHTS AND SIRENS FOR NEW POTTSVILLE AMBULANCE STATION

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced the site of the new $5.9 million Pottsville Ambulance Station, with work soon to get underway.

    “With our growing population, it is vital that we ensure we can deliver life-saving care when it is needed in our community,” Mr Provest said.

    “This site at 1128 Pottsville Road will include parking for up to four Ambulances, new offices, staff parking and, most importantly, the location means a quick response when minutes can make a difference between life and death.

    “In 2015, I announced that the new Ambulance station would be underway within the next term of Government and today’s announcement means I and the Liberal & Nationals Government are fulfilling that promise to the community.

    “This new station will complement the $3.7 million Pottsville HealthOne which is already delivering top notch health care to our community,” Mr Provest said.

    Health Minister Brad Hazzard joined Mr Provest today at the site along with local paramedics.

    “Under the former Labor government, they did nothing to future-proof our ambulance services,” Mr Hazzard said.

    “That is why across the State, the Liberal & Nationals Government is investing $122 million into the Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) Program, which is the biggest rural and regional transformation in NSW Ambulance’s history.

    “Across rural and regional areas, 22 ambulance stations are either being built or upgraded.

    “In addition, we are spending over $151 million on NSW aeromedical retrieval services including those that operate out of Lismore.

    “In this year’s budget the NSW Government has spent nearly $1 billion on Ambulance services – something only we can deliver and Labor is incapable of delivering,” Mr Hazzard said.

  • KINGSCLIFF TO BE THE HOME OF $534 MILLION TWEED VALLEY HOSPITAL & JOBS BONANZA

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced the site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital, which is set to bring a jobs bonanza to the region.

    Mr Provest, joined by Health Minister Brad Hazzard, said the Kingscliff site for the $534 million state-of-the-art hospital was selected after an extensive search.

    “Today is a fantastic day for our community because it means detailed planning for our new hospital can now get underway and soon it will rise out of a new greenfield site,” Mr Provest said.

    “The message from our community, doctors and nurses was that we need a new hospital and the Liberal & Nationals Government is now delivering.

    “Its location on Cudgen Road opposite Kingscliff TAFE provides an opportunity to develop a health and education precinct over time. This is great news.

    “Site works are expected to start once acquisition and planning processes are completed with the target of having our new hospital completed in 2022 and opened as soon as possible after that.

    “When Labor was in Government the State was broke and the Tweed missed out. Now our State is number one and all of us in the Tweed are getting our fair share in our new hospital.

    “With our growing population, our new hospital will deliver a bonanza of hundreds of construction and health service jobs and the best possible healthcare well into the future,” Mr Provest said.

    Mr Hazzard said the location was selected from more than 30 sites across the region.

    “Seventy per cent of the current and future population is within a 30-minute drive to the new hospital, which is great news for patients, their families and staff,” Mr Hazzard said.

    “After I became the Minister for Health, my first visit to the region was to the Tweed – compliments of Geoff Provest getting into my ear enthusiastically and early on.

    “The project team is now meeting with clinicians and other staff to progress planning, with masterplans and concept designs expected to be unveiled in the coming months.

    “This year alone, the NSW Government is spending $851 million on health services in the Northern NSW LHD.

    “Only Geoff Provest as part of the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government can be trusted to deliver this brand new hospital for the Tweed.”

  • DRIVE SMART ON NSW ROADS THIS EASTER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

    As people across NSW plan their upcoming Easter holiday weekend, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest is urging motorists to take extra care on the road.

    “Whether you’re heading to the beach, going camping, having a barbecue with mates or catching up with family this Easter, if you’re out on the roads, please make sure safety is your absolute priority,” Mr Provest said.

    “During holiday periods, we see increased traffic volumes, people driving in unfamiliar environments, as well as motorists speeding, driving tired or under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

    “During the past five Easter holiday periods in Tweed, there have been 10 recorded casualties on our roads. This is 10, too many.”

    Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said a continuing concern is that most crashes, including during the Easter period, happen on country roads.

    “In the past five Easter periods, 69 per cent of fatalities and 52 per cent of serious injuries resulted from crashes on country roads. Last Easter, over two thirds of drivers involved in country crashes were locals, not city folk,” Mrs Pavey said.

    “That is why the NSW Government recently launched the Saving Lives on Country Roads campaign across regional NSW, to show how everyday driving decisions can result in serious consequences.

    “Road safety is a shared responsibility so when you’re on the road, think about how your actions can affect the safety of your family, friends and those around you.”

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services Troy Grant said that the NSW Police will be cracking down on dangerous road behaviours by issuing fines and double demerit points in a state-wide enforcement operation called Operation Tortoise.

    “Operation Tortoise is funded by the NSW Community Road Safety Fund to help save lives and prevent injuries through high police visibility,” Mr Grant said.

    “Double demerits will apply from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April 2018 inclusive.

    “Thursday 29 March is a school day, so extra demerit points will be issued on top of double demerits for some offences committed in school zones.”

  • NSW POLICE OUT IN FORCE FOR THE GAMES

     

    NSW Police will be deploying a number of police vehicles and officers to far north New South Wales to assist their Queensland counterparts during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and Member for Lismore Thomas George welcomed the support provided by the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol to our northern neighbours, which include 21 police vehicles and six motorcycles.

    “The Commonwealth Games is the largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade and we anticipate high volumes of traffic heading north for this international event,” Mr Provest said.

    “The Games might be hosted by Queensland, but many NSW sports fans will undoubtedly be attending. We want to ensure that people driving to and from the event arrive safely.”

    To manage the increased traffic expected in the region, an additional 25 police officers will also be deployed.

    The additional officers will provide support to the Northern Region Highway Patrol, which will be at full operational capacity to ensure those driving to and from Queensland in the lead up to, during and after the Commonwealth Games, do so safely.

    Mr George said the Commonwealth Games is being held two weeks prior to the NSW school holidays, which is already a busy period on our roads as people escape north for the Easter break.

    “NSW Police has identified the need to bolster traffic and highway patrol resources in the Northern region and I commend its proactive approach to driver and community safety,” Mr George said.

    “We know people are excited for the Commonwealth Games – we simply ask that those who intend on driving to Queensland slow down, take regular breaks and don’t do anything foolish that could endanger the lives of other road users.”

    The Commonwealth Games run from 4 – 15 April 2018 on the Gold Coast.

  • NEW LOCAL INITIATIVES TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS

    The NSW Government is inviting non-government organisations to develop innovative supported temporary accommodation models with the goal of reducing homelessness.

    Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced the third and final stage of an Expression of Interest, which will open in early May.

    Under the EOI, up to $10 million will be re-directed from low cost motels and made available to non-government organisations to provide supported temporary accommodation.

    Ms Goward made the announcement at homelessness service Fred’s Place, accompanied by the Member for Tweed Geoff Provest.

    “People experiencing homelessness often have a range of issues such as mental illness and domestic violence which means they require support as well as accommodation and that is what this initiative helps to deliver,” Ms Goward said.

    “That is why we are asking non-government organisations to provide temporary accommodation services which will link these people to the assistance they need to break the cycle of homelessness.”

    The third stage of the rollout covers Northern NSW, the Mid North Coast, Western Sydney and Nepean-Blue Mountains, Murrumbidgee and Western NSW.

    Under the supported temporary accommodation model, people experiencing homelessness are assisted with accommodation and services which address the underlying reasons which led to them becoming homeless with the goal of transitioning to stable housing.

    “We welcome this innovative model of addressing homelessness in our local community,” Mr Provest said.

    “Everyone deserves a safe home and this model will assist people to find stable accommodation and reduce homelessness in the Tweed area.”

  • SOCIAL HOUSING MAINTENANCE DAY IN TWEED HEADS

    Social housing tenants in Tweed Heads received timely home repairs and advice at a property maintenance pop-up day arranged by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) today.

    Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest attended the pop-up which presented an opportunity to address any maintenance issues with social housing properties.

    “These pop-ups for social housing communities have been well received across NSW as they enable tenants to speak directly to the contractors who manage the maintenance of their properties,” Ms Goward said.

    “The NSW Government is committed to ensuring maintenance problems with social housing properties are solved in an efficient and timely manner.

    “To date, hundreds of people around NSW have been assisted through these pop-ups which are integral to our engagement with tenants.”

    Mr Provest said he was delighted to see members of the local Tweed Heads social housing community attending the pop-up.

    “This pop-up is a great initiative by the NSW Government which provides local residents with easier access to maintenance assistance,” Mr Provest said.

    “It demonstrates the Government’s commitment to listen to the needs of social housing tenants and take action.”

    Maintenance pop-ups are a joint initiative between FACS and maintenance contractors to assist with advice about maintenance issues and attend to minor repairs. More complex repairs are assessed by a contractor and addressed in a timely manner.

    The pop-ups have been running across NSW and are strongly supported by local residents.

  • NOMINATE A TWEED SENIOR FOR A NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL LOCAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest is calling on residents in Tweed to nominate local seniors, who make a positive impact in the community, for a 2018 NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Award.

    Mr Provest said the awards are a wonderful way to showcase the talents and contributions of seniors living in Tweed, as part of the special 60th Anniversary celebrations of the popular NSW Seniors Festival.

    “Tweed seniors make a real difference to local families, recreational groups, businesses and organisations, and we want to celebrate them,” Mr Provest said.

    “I am sure everyone in Tweed knows an older person who deserves to be recognised, so I encourage you to nominate them and show them how much they are appreciated for all they do.”

    Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies urged all members of the public to take this opportunity to celebrate the older people in their lives.

    “Seniors have a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer, and they continue to make significant contributions to communities across NSW,” Mrs Davies said.

    “The NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Awards are a special way in which every community can thank local seniors for their hard work, skills and generosity.”

    Nominations for the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Awards are open until March 30 2018.

    For further details on how to nominate contact my office at 103 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South or via phone on 07 5523 4816

    The 2018 NSW Seniors Festival runs from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 15 April. For information on exciting events in Tweed, Sydney and across the state visit www.nswseniorsfestival.com.au in the coming weeks.

  • NSW GOVERNMENT OFFERS DIPLOMA OF EVENT MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP ON OFFER IN TWEED

    The NSW Government has today announced a partnership with Australia’s peak industry body for business events, Meetings and Events Australia (MEA), to support aspiring event managers living in Tweed to get a head start in their career.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the NSW Government and MEA will be offering a regional scholarship program with a Diploma of Event Management up for grabs across NSW.

    “Whether you are young or old, this is a fantastic opportunity for those wanting to upskill and achieve their career goals within the events industry,” Mr Provest said.

    “The scholarship program aims to upskill our rural and regional workforce in the hope that they will stay to contribute to the industry and help drive the State’s economy.”

    The course will be delivered via MEA’s online learning tool allowing students to complete the tasks at their own pace and in their own time.

    For further information and to apply, please visit www.meetinnsw.com.au/scholarships

  • MAKING TWEED ROADS SAFER

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today released the NSW Government’s Road Safety Plan, which includes a range of measures aimed at reducing the road toll after 392 people lost their lives on NSW roads in 2017.

    The comprehensive package addresses speeding, drink driving, drug driving, driver distraction, driver fatigue, truck safety and funding to improve safety on country roads.

    Mr Provest said the Road Safety Plan is a concerted effort to save lives by making sure roads and vehicles are as safe as possible.

    “Every 41 minutes in NSW someone is either killed or seriously injured on our roads, leaving families and friends with the heartache,” Mr Provest said.

    “As a Government we know we can do more and that is why this Plan makes it clear if you break the law you will be caught and will pay the price.

    “We also want to ensure that our public education campaigns are targeted in the right way.”

    The measures announced today include:

    • Expanding the mandatory alcohol interlock program to include all mid-range drink driving offenders. An interlock is a breath testing device fitted to a car’s ignition system. The driver must provide a negative sample for the vehicle to start;
    • Police will be given the power to issue on the spot fines and licence suspensions for low range drink driving. This ensures swift and certain penalties;
    • Amending legislation to allow camera technology to be used to enforce mobile phone offences;
    • 11 additional heavy vehicle average speed camera locations, including in metropolitan Sydney, to address risks associated with greater truck movements;
    • An initial $125 million for a new Saving Lives on Country Roads program including safety barriers, tactile line markings, wide centre line, safety upgrades of high risk curves and $11 million for pedestrian and cyclist safety improvements including traffic calming measures, pedestrian refuges and crossings to keep cyclists and walkers safe.

    These measures are in addition to last month’s crack down on drug drivers, which saw cocaine added to the list of drugs subject to roadside testing, and the number of roadside drugs tests doubled from 100,000 a year to 200,000 a year by 2020.

    The Road Safety Plan will bring the Government’s total commitment to targeted road safety programs from the Community Road Safety Fund to $1.4 billion over five years.

    Mr Provest said one of the biggest challenges remains on country roads, which accounted for almost 70 per cent of the State’s road toll last year.

    “If you live in the country you are four times more likely to die in a road crash than if you live in metro NSW,” Mr Provest said.

    “This is why we will roll out 1600 kilometres of rumble strips and 300 kilometres in targeted safety works, such as flexible, wire-rope barriers to help prevent run-off-road and head-on crashes on our road network, including the Princes Highway.”

    The Road Safety Plan includes a number of key initiatives for immediate implementation as well as a number of other key measures that will be subject to review and consultation.

    A review into driving on prescription drugs has been requested by April and the NSW Sentencing Council will be tasked with reporting back on sentencing of repeat traffic offenders who may pose an ongoing risk to the community.

    The initiatives announced today are in addition to ongoing programs, including our Safer Roads infrastructure program, safety around schools and mandatory road safety education for every child in NSW.

    To view the page: http://towardszero.nsw.gov.au/roadsafetyplan

  • KIDS UNDER 5 TO GET FREE FLU JAB

    Local children between six months and five years old are now eligible for free flu jabs this year, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest announced today.

    The $3.5 million influenza vaccination program offered by the NSW Government follows last year’s severe flu season.

    “Last year our community, like many in NSW, was hit hard by the flu season,” Mr Provest said.

    “So today’s announcement means more than 400,000 children across the State are eligible to receive better protection not only for them, but also for their families and the wider community,” Mr Provest said.

    “We all know how horrendous the flu can be and this is especially hard on the smallest members of our families.

    “Little kids are also most likely to spread the flu so a free flu jab will not only keep them safe, but will protect others they come into contact with.”

    Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said NSW childhood vaccination rates had increased by 6.3 per cent since 2010, to 93.9 per cent in 2017.

    “We already have the some of the best childhood vaccination rates in the country and this free flu jab will go even further to protect our little ones from potentially deadly flu infections,” Mr Hazzard said.

    Children who have never had a flu vaccination will need two doses, one month apart. The vaccine will cover four strains of influenza virus, two A strains and two B strains, likely to be circulating this winter.

    Last year there were more than 12,000 confirmed cases of influenza in children under five, with many more likely to not to have been tested.

    For more information, see www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation