Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has called for nominations for the NSW Carers Awards 2015 and asked the local community to nominate outstanding unpaid carers and carer-friendly organisations.

    “Carers provide many vital hours of unpaid support to members of our community, improving their lives and saving Australian taxpayers an estimated $40 billion in formal care costs annually,” Mr Provest said.

    One in 10 people in NSW dedicate their time to caring for someone who needs care because of disability, mental illness, a chronic health condition, dementia or ageing.

    “This amazing role is selflessly played by so many in our community and this is a great time to honour these silent heroes.

    Nominating a carer for the NSW Carer’s Awards is a unique way of saying thank you and let local carers and organisations that go above and beyond know they are truly valued.
    Nominations can be made in the following categories:

    Carers Award – Individual
    • For individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to caring.

    Carers Award – Organisation
    • For community groups, government agencies, or other organisations who provide exceptional support to carers.

    This year, up to 55 awards are available for individuals and organisations to be honoured during Carers Week, which runs from Sunday 11 – Saturday 17 October 2015.

    Nominations for the NSW Carers Awards 2015 close on Monday 29 June at 5.00pm and can be made online at

    The 2015 NSW Carer of the Year will be announced at a ceremony at Parliament House on Monday 12 October 2015.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today thanked the Tweed’s nurses for the skill and compassion they bring to their work.

    International Nurses Day is celebrated each year on May 12 – the birthday of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

    Mr Provest said there were 2088 nurses and midwives in the Northern NSW Local Health District.

    “Nurses work hard every day to ensure our friends and loved ones receive the very best care across the state’s hospitals and health facilities,” Mr Provest said.

    “Around 1.5 million people require admissions to NSW public hospitals each year and many more need help in the home and in the community.

    “Our nurses and midwives – as the largest professional group in the health system – are at the front line of the care they receive.”

    Health Minister Jillian Skinner said nurses’ expertise, commitment and hard work formed the cornerstone of the health system.

    “I am very proud of our nurses and midwives,” Mrs Skinner said.

    The theme for the 2015 International Nurses Day is Nurses: A Force for Change.


    The North Coast is welcoming 90 new police with the delivery of a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s commitment to improve police numbers.

    The new positions mean Local Area Commands can now recruit more officers to the region.

    North Coast Nationals Members have today welcomed the final 32 positions which came on line on 1 May.

    The increase of authorised strength ensures Local Area Commands have the resources they require to get on with protecting our community.

    Tweed/Byron LAC will see 9 new officers appointed.

    We have been crying out for more police for the Tweed/Byron LAC and it is terrific to see the NSW Government deliver on its commitment.

    Our local police officers do an amazing job keeping our families and communities safe.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today called on the community to nominate outstanding local nurses and midwives for the 2015 Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

    Mr Provest said the awards are a great way to recognise the hard work and dedication of the state’s nurses and midwives.

    “The awards shine the light on the work that largely goes unnoticed in our local hospitals and health facilities every day,” Mr Provest said.

    “As the frontline heroes in our hospitals, our nurses and midwives deserve recognition for their humility and passion for their work.

    “If you work with, have been cared for or know of an exceptional nurse or midwife, please nominate them – they deserve to be recognised for what they do for our community.”

    The third annual Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards will be presented in the following categories:
    • Judith Meppem Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Excellence in Nursing – Registered Nurse
    • Excellence in Midwifery
    • Excellence in Nursing – Enrolled Nurse
    • Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery – Assistant in Nursing / Assistant in Midwifery
    • Excellence in Leadership
    • Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Care
    • Excellence in Innovation in Education
    • Excellence in Innovation in Research
    • Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery – Graduate (recognising Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives and Enrolled Nurses who completed their first year of practice in 2014)
    • Consumer Appreciation Award

    Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government created the awards to highlight the incredible work of the 48,000 nurses and midwives who work in the state’s public health system.

    “I encourage community members, patients, colleagues and professionals to nominate nurses and midwives who demonstrate excellence and make a difference to the lives of their patients,” Mrs Skinner said.

    Nominations open today and close on June 10. To nominate, go to:


    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has welcomed the announcement by the Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams of 4 new projects to be funded under the Black Spot Programme.

    The projects in Tweed Shire are –

    • $360,000 to re-profile the curve on 300 metres of the Tweed Coast Road north of Crescent Street at Chinderah
    • $270,000 to install a single lane roundabout at the intersection of Terranora Road and Fraser Drive at Terranora
    • $242,500 to widen the inside of the curve at the intersection of Clothiers Creek Road and Condor Place at Clothiers Creek
    • $224,000 to install a single lane roundabout at the intersection of Gollan Drive and Lakes Drive at Tweed Heads West

    Road crashes are a major cost to Australians every year. Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the programme reduces the risk of crashes.

    “Anyone can nominate a stretch of road or intersection for consideration for black spot funding with the nomination process for 2016-17 funding closing on the 31st of July.
    For more information, please visit

  • New strategy for Tweed MP (from Daily News 3 April 2015)


    NEWLY returned Tweed MP Geoff Provest said he’s put the “ugly side of politics” he witnessed during this election campaign behind him and is full steam ahead to realise his election pledges.

    To win back local voters, almost 20% of whom switched to Labor, the MP says he will adopt a strategy of more inclusiveness and transparency.

    Meetings with Tweed’s lobby groups will now feature senior bureaucrats, with the first cab off the ranks a meeting with the group pushing for a Pottsville High School.

    This will now include the Tweed Shire Council and educators, who advised Mr Provest last term a new school was not possible.

    “Rather than meeting with individual groups I want to meet with all the groups, so everyone knows what is being proposed,” he said.

    “I want to do those meetings in an open and transparent way and I have no objection to the public attending.”

    Meetings with lawyers will be held to review the new multi-million dollar Tweed police station and court house.

    Consultation with the Tweed Hospital’s Medical Staff Council will increase to monthly.

    “I’ve already had brief discussions with the Health Minister that the money ($48m for the hospital) is there… it’s time to get on with it.”

    As for the cross-border commission, Mr Provest will change his vote to reduce the period of daylight savings so it finishes two weeks earlier in New South Wales.

    When it comes to changing our clocks, while he didn’t enjoy much success with former Queensland premier Campbell Newman, he said he would try again with the newly elected Annastacia Palaszczuk.

    Mr Provest will also attempt to set new terms for an upcoming memorandum of understating between Queensland and NSW so Tweed cabs will be able to pick up from John Flynn Hospital.

    Mr Provest said this campaign he could not make his policy on Lot 490 “politically popular”. But he won’t be changing his stance on it.

    “I support the community in its desire for this to remain as open space but until the Aboriginal Land Claim is decided, no promises can be made,” he said.


    Minister for Roads and Freight and Minister for the North Coast Duncan Gay and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest yesterday announced brand new ‘Welcome to NSW’ signs have been installed at the NSW border, welcoming people to this great state.

    “It was only last month I was standing here announcing the plan for these brand new signs and it’s fantastic to be back here already looking at it in the ground,” Mr Gay said.

    “These signs on the Gold Coast Highway and Pacific Motorway are indicative of the great progress this state has made since the NSW Liberals & Nationals came into Government in 2011.

    “The old signs were worn, tired and left to decay for 16 long years, a trademark of Labor’s failures in NSW – particularly regional communities.

    “The new ones are more than double the size and show visitors to this great state that we are open for business.

    “Motorists will be able to see these signs more clearly at night now because they are reflective and bigger than the ones before.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said the news that the new signs were up was great for the state.

    “These signs look fabulous – and are hard to miss. It really makes a difference having signs which are visible, modern and easy to see at night,” Mr Provest said.

    “There’s more than 21,000 kilometres of road in NSW which allow tourists and motorists to visit some of the country’s best icons.

    “With these new signs up motorists will now know they have reached the country’s best state – NSW.”


    NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Tweed MP Geoff Provest today announced a re-elected Baird Government will invest $5.9 million to build a new ambulance station for Pottsville.

    Mr Grant said the Baird Government is committed to begin detailed planning and work on Pottsville ambulance station in the next term if re-elected on March 28.

    “There is increasing demand for health services in Pottsville so it is vital we ensure local paramedics have the very best resources at their fingertips to deliver life-saving care,” Mr Grant said.

    “Geoff Provest is a tireless advocate for the needs of his community and ensuring the issues that concern them are on the Government’s agenda and this is another example of that.

    “A state-of-the-art station for Pottsville will benefit the community and ensure the enhanced delivery of first-class patient car.”

    Mrs Skinner said today’s announcement forms part of a program to upgrade rural and regional ambulance stations across NSW, including Berry, Basin View, Wagga Wagga and Bathurst.

    “During 16 years in government, Labor did nothing to future-proof our ambulance services. By contrast, the NSW Liberals & Nationals will continue to invest in NSW Ambulance infrastructure and our professional paramedics, who deliver expert, first-class care for patients.”

    “This new service will complement the impressive $3.7 million Pottsville HealthOne, which is delivering comprehensive care to patients from across this area.”

    Mr Provest welcomed the announcement saying only the Liberals & Nationals Government can be trusted to deliver enhanced health services in regional NSW.

    “Paramedics provide extraordinary care in what can be difficult circumstances and I know this $5.9 million investment will assist them in the incredible work they do,” Mr Provest said.

    “There’s not a person in our community who doesn’t want to see our paramedics afforded the very best to get on with their jobs and I’m pleased the Liberals & Nationals will deliver it.

    “We have a proven track record of enhancing health services for our region and this pledge is no different. Work will get underway in the next-term.”

    In the last year alone, the Liberals & Nationals Government has increased the NSW Ambulance budget by $30 million to a record $753 million. Paramedic numbers have increased by 205 staff to 3,435 paramedics since the March 2011 election (full-time equivalent as at June 2014).


    Nationals Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest today announced construction and planning will begin on new bike and walking paths across the region thanks to a $40 million state-wide investment by the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government.

    The Baird Government will fund more than 380 walking and cycling projects across the state to better connect communities, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and encourage more people to get active.

    “I am pleased the Tweed will benefit from the $220,000 construction of a 2m on-road asphalt cycleway along Fraser Drive between Dry Dock Road, Tweed Heads South & Vintage Lakes Drive, Banora Point (1.85km).

    Mr Provest said with cycling more popular than ever before and walking trips on the rise, the NSW Government was providing the infrastructure needed to support local communities.

    “These projects will provide a huge boost for residents and businesses – completing crucial missing links in the city’s/town’s walking and cycling network, and providing better connections between local suburbs and to public transport hubs,” Mr Provest said.

    “If we want to encourage more people to leave the car at home and get active, we need to provide access to safe, convenient and connected waking and cycling networks.

    “This investment is about connecting people and places and making a difference to the way residents move around their communities.”


    A re-elected Baird Government will undertake a major upgrade of Pottsville Beach Public School to provide facilities for up to 1000 students, Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli announced today.

    Mr Piccoli visited the school with Tweed MP Geoff Provest to make the announcement.

    “The Tweed is growing and this major upgrade will help the school keep pace with increasing demand,” Mr Piccoli said.

    “We will construct a new multi-storey building with 10 classrooms, a library, a special programs room, sports stores and other student facilities.

    “The existing library will be converted into two classrooms and the existing administration block will be extended to provide additional administration and staff facilities. The upgrade
    will remove a number of demountables from the site.

    “We have a plan for replacing demountables and improving school facilities in the Tweed. Our investment at Pottsville alone is close to what Labor intends to spend replacing demountables across the entire State in one year. The fact is, we have a serious plan for improving schools in the Tweed and Labor does not.”

    Geoff Provest said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has invested over $9.1 million in public school capital works and maintenance in the Tweed electorate over the last four years.

    “NSW was the first State to sign up to the Gonski reforms, an agreement which directs $5 billion to schools in NSW to support quality teaching and learning in classrooms across the State,” Mr Provest said.

    “In 2015 alone, schools in the Ballina electorate have received $3.8 million in needs-based funding, which supports teaching and learning in every classroom.”

    Mr Piccoli said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed almost $3.2 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance in the last four years.

    “In our first term of government 18 new or relocated public schools have been funded and 44 major upgrade projects have been announced,” Mr Piccoli said.

    “The NSW Government has also announced funding for an additional 694 additional permanent classroom spaces, reducing the need for demountables.

    “These projects will deliver over 10,084 net additional public school places for schools across the State.

    “The NSW Government is determined to provide the best learning environments possible in our schools,” Mr Piccoli said.