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  • GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL SPORT AND RECREATION PROJECTS

    Community groups, sports clubs and councils in the Tweed are encouraged to apply for up to a million dollars to help them deliver an important sports infrastructure project for their communities.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest is inviting local community groups, sports clubs and councils to apply for grants between $500,000 and $1 million for new or upgraded sport and recreation infrastructure projects.

    Mr Provest said these grants are being made available under the NSW Government’s 2016/17 ClubGRANTS program for projects providing modern and safe community facilities for people to take part in sport and recreation and improve fitness and well-being.

    “I encourage all eligible groups to consider submitting an application for a project that will make a real difference to the Tweed community,” Mr Provest said.

    “Particular emphasis will be placed on projects that benefit disadvantaged and regional and remote communities in this program round.

    “Over this term of government, around $50 million in ClubGRANTS will be provided to local communities across NSW to support three categories of infrastructure: sport and recreation, arts and culture and emergency relief facilities.”

    Deputy Premier Troy Grant said sport and sports clubs are a crucial part of any community and the NSW Government is proud to be able help improve facilities that are relied upon by so many.

    “Sport and recreation is part of our state’s social fabric and the NSW Government is committed to investing in facilities for our communities to enjoy for generations to come,” Mr Grant said.

    An applicant information pack is now available on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au with expressions of interest closing on Friday 16 September 2016.

    Applications will be assessed by the independent ClubGRANTS fund committee and approved applicants will then be invited to lodge formal applications. Successful projects will be announced in 2017.

  • EXTRA SECURITY FOR NORTHERN NSW COURTS

    Northern NSW courts will be able to rapidly increase security at short notice following the arrival of new portable metal detectors, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and Member for Lismore Thomas George have announced.

    The NSW Government has invested $67,000 in 13 portable metal detectors, which have been deployed to locations across NSW including Byron Bay, Lismore and Tweed Heads.

    “The portable metal detectors weigh less than fixed devices and are compact and collapsible so they can be easily transported to the location where they are needed,” said Mr Provest.

    Sheriff’s Officers will use the metal detectors to scan court users during high risk matters.

    The portable devices will operate when necessary at Byron Bay, Lismore and Tweed Heads and will be available to other courts in northern NSW.

    “Lismore Courthouse already has perimeter security, however the portable metal detector could be used to scan users of the annex building during certain care and protection cases and coronial hearings,” said Mr George.

    The rollout of the portable metal detectors follows a range of recent improvements to security in NSW courts.

    In the 2016-17 Budget, the NSW Government announced $5.2 million to extend the contracts of 40 new Sheriff’s Officers. Three of the new officers Sheriff’s Officers have been allocated to northern NSW courts.

    Ballistics vests are also expected to be made available to Sheriff’s Officers by the end of the year.

  • BACKUP FOR LIFE: SUPPORTING OUR FORMER OFFICERS

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has welcomed $2 million in NSW Government funding towards a joint initiative with NSW Police Legacy to support former local police officers and their families.

    BACKUP for Life offers greater support to injured officers and their loved ones with coordinated programs and initiatives that recognise the contribution former officers have made while serving the community.

    Mr Provest said officers deserve all the support they can get as they transition to life outside the force.

    “Many officers carry physical and mental scars following years of service to the community and this can make the transition from active duty more difficult,” Mr Provest said.

    “NSW Police men and women give so much to our community and this program will ensure they get the help they need, including support to get back into the community and jobs, as well as physical fitness and counselling services.”

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Troy Grant said we can never underestimate how significant a burden the role of a police officer is and how it can affect their wellbeing.

    “Having spent most of my career as a serving officer, I know all too well that police are often expected to be the pillars of strength in situations when those around them are in their darkest hours,” Mr Grant said.

    NSW Police Legacy Chair, Acting Inspector Paul Bousfield said this is an important initiative recognising the committed service of former police officers as they begin another stage in their lives.

    “Many officers have invested so much of their life and identity in being a police officer and leaving can present a broad range of challenges for them and their families as they adjust to a civilian lifestyle,” Mr Bousfield said.

    “NSW Police Legacy’s entire ethos is our care for the police family.”

  • GRANTS AVAILABLE IN TWEED TO CELEBRATE NSW GRANDPARENTS DAY

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today encouraged local organisations to celebrate the valuable contribution grandparents make in the Tweed community, by applying for $100,000 in funding available under the NSW Grandparents Day Community event grants program.

    The NSW Government has allocated $100,000 in funding for community groups, volunteer organisations and local councils to host events on NSW Grandparents Day Sunday 30 October 2016.

    “Grandparents play a significant role in the home and the community, and this extra funding is the NSW Government’s way of thanking them for their hard work,” Mr Provest said.

    “For the first time grants of up to $5,000 are available to support NSW Grandparents Day activities this year.

    “This is the perfect time to show our recognition and support for grandparents in Tweed for the amazing role they play in our lives.

    “I urge everyone in Tweed to celebrate them by organising an event in the community.”

    For the first time there are two funding categories available this year through the grants program, offering:

    • Tier 1 Grants of up to $1,000 for small-scale local community events or activities, and
    • Tier 2 Grants from $1,001 to $5,000 for large-scale region-wide events targeted at local government and larger community organisations.

    Applications for the NSW Grandparents Day Community event grants program are now open and close on Friday 12 August 2016.

    For more information, visit www.ageing.nsw.gov.au.

  • RURAL WORKPLACES IN TWEED TO BENEFIT FROM $2 MILLION QUAD BIKE SAFETY REBATE

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced that rural workplaces across the Tweed can apply for a rebate of up to $500 to implement safety measures aimed at reducing quad bike tragedies and injuries on farms.

    Mr Provest said the rebate was announced at the NSW Farmers Conference in Sydney as part of a push to encourage and support land managers to adopt a range of harm prevention strategies to protect their workers, family members and themselves.

    “Quad bikes are currently a leading cause of death on Australian properties with 220 deaths in the past 16 years and thousands more people seriously injured,” Mr Provest said.

    “Last year alone there were 22 quad bike fatalities and half of those deaths were workplace related so we have to act now to reduce that number.

    “The $2 million Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program is a step forward to protecting people who work on farms in our region.”

    The $500 rebate can go towards the purchase of compliant helmets, Operator Protector Devices including rollover bars, the purchase of a safer vehicle such as a side-by-side vehicle, and training courses tailored to farmers.

    It was announced during the NSW Farmers Conference where SafeWork NSW and Local Land Services launched an agreement to promote the safer use of quad bides in rural workplaces.

    Tocal College has also been awarded the contract to deliver 100 quad bike-training courses across NSW as part of the SafeWork NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

    The rebate will be available until 30 June 2017. Further information is available at www.safework.nsw.gov.au.

  • PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN TWEED SHARE RECORD CAPITAL AND MAINTENANCE SPEND

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said local public schools will benefit from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s record investment in school infrastructure announced in last month’s State Budget.

    Mr Provest welcomed the expenditure, which will improve the learning facilities for local students.

    “The NSW Government will spend $554 million in 2016-17, an increase of 37 per cent on last year’s expenditure,” said Mr Provest.

    The capital works in Tweed include:

    • Upgrades to Pottsville Beach Public School
    • Construction of a COLA at Fingal Head Public School

    Mr Provest said the 2016-17 Budget includes an allocation of $330 million over two years to address priority maintenance needs in schools, including $31.17 million for schools in the North Coast region.

    “This budget contains a substantial boost to the NSW Government’s maintenance program,” Mr Provest said.

    “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is determined to provide the best learning environments possible in our schools.”

    School principals consulting with Asset Management Units will select high priority maintenance projects through the planned maintenance program.

    Under the Local Schools, Local Decisions reform, implemented by the current Government, principals now have greater decision making responsibilities about maintenance.

    Since 2011, the NSW Government has committed almost $4.9 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance, with almost $2 billion allocated for school maintenance.

  • TRAVEL SUBSIDIES FOR TRAINEES AND APPRENTICES SET TO INCREASE

    Trainees and apprentices in Tweed will get a financial boost and more support to help complete their courses with the NSW Government today announcing substantial increases in subsidies towards overnight travel for off-the-job training.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the Vocational Training Assistance Scheme’s (VTAS) overnight accommodation subsidy will double from $28 per night to $56 per night and the fuel subsidy will increase from 12c to 33c per kilometre.

    “These substantial increases in travel subsidies are long overdue, and will be a big help for trainees and apprentices in regional areas,” Mr Provest said.

    “The NSW Government wants to help more young people into training that will lead to a job, so for students who have to travel a 120 kilometre round trip for training, the fuel subsidy will put $40 in their pocket.

    “Up to 46 trainees and apprentices in Tweed could benefit from the changes,” Mr Provest said.

     The NSW Government has set a State Priority of increasing the proportion of people completing apprenticeships and traineeships to 65% by 2019.

    Reducing the financial barrier faced by many regional trainees and apprentices in carrying out their training and course work will go a long way to achieving this target.

    Increases to Vocational Training Assistance Scheme subsidies take effect from Friday 1 July 2016.

    For more information on the Vocational Training Assistance Scheme, visit the Training Services NSW website at http://www.training.nsw.gov.au/

  • HOSPITAL, EDUCATION AND POLICE ARE THE TWEED WINNERS IN NSW BUDGET

    The NSW Government will invest one million dollars a month over the next year to upgrade the Tweed Hospital and the same amount to build the new Tweed police station, it was revealed in the 2016 NSW Budget handed down on Tuesday, according to Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest.

    “We’re keeping our election promises and helping make the Tweed a healthier, safer and better educated place,” Mr Provest said.

    “In 2016-17 the Government will invest more than $12 million each for the Tweed Hospital and new police station.”

    “Funding for school education continues to increase because the Nationals Education Minister was the first to sign up to Gonski a few years back.”

    “There is $3 million for the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina, cementing the Tweed’s position as the surfing capital of the North Coast.”

    “Road funding has been allocated for specific projects including an upgrade of Clothiers Creek Road, the Tweed Valley Way exit to Tumbulgum, and better footpaths in Tweed Heads and Banora Point.”

    “All this is extra investment is only possible because of the strong economic management of the Baird Government.”

    Mr Provest said the Baird Government had now paid back almost all of Labor’s debt thanks to $3 billion-a-year surpluses.

  • TWEED RESIDENTS IN LINE FOR NEW, CONVENIENT PROPERTY CRIME REPORTING

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today urged residents to make use of a new community crime reporting portal offering a quick and secure way to report crime in Tweed.

    The NSW Police Force Community Portal, which went live on Wednesday 15 June 2016, gives members of the public the option to report lost property, theft and intentional damage, including graffiti, online via a secure, efficient and convenient platform.

    Use of the portal, which is linked to a Service NSW account, also allows people who report non-urgent crime to make and receive updates on their cases.

    Lost property, intentional damage and theft resulted in 600,000 police reports in 2014 and 2015 across NSW.

    To use the portal, community members must simply create a MyServiceNSW account on the Service NSW website, which they’ll then be able to connect with the NSW Police Force, to successfully complete a report.

    Commissioner Scipione said the Community Portal would not replace the ability for people to report these types of crimes to police in person or on the phone, but it adds a convenient online reporting tool.

    “Lodging a report via the Community Portal can be completed in a matter of minutes, it’s incredibly efficient and you’ll be notified once your report has been received,’’ Commissioner Scipione said.

    “The portal also facilitates two-way communication between officers, PoliceLink and the community – so members of the public can be kept informed should their report require further investigation.”

    Mr Provest said the tool would be extremely useful for people in the Tweed Byron Local Area Command and the report can also be used for insurance purposes.

    “This fantastic initiative allows Tweed locals to report crime through a handy, secure online option,” Mr Provest said.

    “Service NSW is working with agencies across government to save customers time and hassle – if you don’t already have a MyServiceNSW account, I encourage you to register at https://my.service.nsw.gov.au/MyServiceNSW/index#/createAccount.’’

    The NSW Police Force Community Portal can be accessed via: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_portal/home

  • LICENCE RENEWAL – A CLICK ONLINE TO SAVE TIME

    Tweed residents now have the option of renewing their driver licences online, wherever and whenever they want to.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said NSW Driver Licences could be renewed online for up to one, three or five years using the Service NSW web or mobile sites.

    “Driver licence renewal is one of the most popular transactions across government, with around a million people renewing their licence each year,” Mr Provest said.

    “But renewal time often creeps up on drivers, so we want to take the hassle out of it. Previously, to renew your driver licence you had to travel into a Service NSW Centre or motor registry office and join a queue to process it. Now, those eligible have the option to renew their licence at home or at work, at a time that suits them best.

    “Through Service NSW we are expanding access to government services to make it more convenient, providing more services face-to-face through our Service Centres or agencies, as well as 24/7 online access and a dedicated phone contact centre.”

    Those eligible to renew their NSW Driver Licence online will not need to have their photo retaken, as their new licence card will use the same photo as their previous licence card.

    New licence cards will be issued by post within 10 business days, with customers required to print and sign an interim licence for use in the meantime.

    An eligible driver renewing their licence online may only need to visit a Service NSW centre as often as once every 10 years to update their photo or sit an eye test.

    Mr Provest said the addition of online licence renewal meant that the many of the governments most popular transactions could now be completed digitally, including registration renewal.

    “Service NSW is about providing customers with choice, about how and when they access government services. Making services available online means customers in Tweed can save time, as they don’t have to travel to a Service Centre or registry office if they don’t want to,” he said.

    Those who have restrictions on their licence such as medical or other conditions are unable to renew their licence online. For more information about online licence renewals, including eligibility criteria, visit www.service.nsw.gov.au or phone13 77 88.