Organisers of new and emerging rural and regional events held between July and December this year are encouraged to apply for the NSW Government’s 2017 Incubator Event Fund.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said the Fund assists with elements such as event staging costs, marketing, publicity and research.

    “The Incubator Event Fund will help extend our calendar of events and attract more visitors from outside our region, which is a huge boost for our local overnight visitor economy,” Mr Provest said.

    “We look forward to welcoming more visitors to Tweed as a result of this wonderful NSW Government initiative, helping to further position our region as a must-see NSW destination,” he said.

    Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the Incubator Event Fund offers one-off grants of up to $20,000 to event organisers who are staging an event for the first or second time.

    “The beauty of rural and regional events is that they are a wonderful celebration of community culture, often run by locals and showcasing local producers, artists, craftspeople, sportspeople and musicians,” Mr Marshall said.

    “The Incubator Event Fund provides seed funding to innovative new events to help them through their initial establishment phase and assists with elements such as event staging costs, marketing, publicity and research.

    “This fund is part of our expanded Regional Flagship Events Program, which is focused on getting more events into rural and regional NSW, and increasing overnight visitation and expenditure.”

    The 2017 Incubator Event Fund is managed and administered through the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

    Applications for round two of the 2017 Incubator Event Fund are open until Sunday 2 April 2017.

    To lodge an application and to view the 2017 Incubator Event Fund’s key criteria visit


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has encouraged local community groups to celebrate Aboriginal culture and apply for NAIDOC Week 2017 grants.

    “The NSW Government is again offering small grants for grass roots organisations to run local events marking NAIDOC Week, the annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture,” said Mr Provest.

    “This is a great opportunity for Tweed groups to get some funding for their NAIDOC Week events.

    “NAIDOC Week is a unique celebration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Aboriginal people at all levels of Australian society.”

    NAIDOC, which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, is held nationally each year in the first full week of July. This year NAIDOC will run from 2 – 9 July.

    Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all in NSW to get together and celebrate the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our communities.

    “This year NSW will become the first state in the nation to introduce legislation to recognise and protect Aboriginal languages, as well as establishing a Centre for Aboriginal Languages of NSW to support community-led revival efforts,” Mrs Mitchell said.

    Although traditionally held in the first week of July, some communities conduct NAIDOC activities outside of the designated week due to community conflicts, weather conditions and school holidays.

    Grant applications open Monday 6 March and close Thursday 27 April 2017.

    Not-for-profit community groups are invited to apply for funding in the order of $500 to $1,000. For more significant events, up to $3,000 can be considered, with a total of $200,000 available.

    For more information and how to apply, visit the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website at


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has announced the first round of 2017 funding for the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) is now open.

    The CWMF is designed to protect and repair local war memorials, which preserves the Anzac legacy.

    Mr Provest urged Council, veterans groups, community organisations to apply for the fund, which provides the opportunity for all NSW communities to access up to $10,000.

    “Ensuring local war memorials remain in great condition is an essential part of honouring Australian service men and women who sacrificed so much for our nation,” Mr Provest said.

    “The CWMF ensures communities have the opportunity to protect and conserve war memorials, which is why I believe this is such an important initiative,” he said.

    Applications open until Anzac Day, will be assessed by the State War Memorial Committee, which is made up of NSW RSL, Public Works Advisory, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Veterans’ Affairs.

    For more information, including application forms, click here



    Seniors in Tweed can look forward to local celebrations during the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival in March.

    Banora Point Community Baptist Church and Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre are among 159 organisations across NSW to receive grants from the NSW Government to hold events and activities that will help the community celebrate the festival.

    “The 2017 NSW Seniors Festival grants support events that will help our seniors live active, healthy and social lives,” Mr Provest said.

    “The NSW Government’s Seniors Festival grants are more competitive than ever and I congratulate Banora Point Community Baptist Church and Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre for being selected,” Mr Provest said.

    Now in its 59th year, the NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, with around 500,000 people taking part in more than 1,000 free or discounted events across the state.

    The celebration of seniors has grown from a week-long program to a 10-day festival, prompting the event being renamed NSW Seniors Festival.

    NSW Seniors Festival will run from 3 to 12 March. For more information, visit .


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest welcomed 18 new medical graduates who will undertake a year-long internship at Tweed hospital in 2017.

    “I’m so pleased these new doctors will undertake their internship at our local hospital. Every intern will benefit from the support and direction of our clinicians,” Mr Provest said.

    NSW funds more medical intern positions than any other state or territory. In 2017, 992 interns will start at hospitals around the state – up from 983 in 2016. This record number of intern doctors represents a funding commitment by the NSW Government of $107 million. The 2017 cohort of interns also includes 12 Aboriginal medical graduates.

    “I wish all interns the best for what I am sure will be a very informative and exciting year,” Mr Provest said.

    NSW guarantees intern positions to all domestic medical graduates of NSW universities. As well, NSW provides internships to many graduates from interstate universities and, where possible, international full-fee paying medical graduates.

    NSW is the only state to offer two-year employment contracts to graduates. This includes the one-year internship followed by a year which focusses on consolidating professional practice and experience in different clinical settings.

    During their one-year internship, the graduates will complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency.


    NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, today welcomed the announcement of the NSW-Queensland ‘Statement of Principles and Priorities for Regional Collaboration 2016-19’, hailing it as a landmark agreement between the two States.

    “This is fantastic news for people living and working on both sides of the border and will greatly assist in the resolution of long standing border anomalies.” he said.

    “Better coordination of government services through more effective collaboration across state lines means greater outcomes for communities.

    Governments will be tasked to address issues on a project-by-project basis in four key areas; regional economic development, alignment of services and sharing of information, local transport and issues of national significance.

    It provides for better recognition of teacher registration and accreditation, joint planning and response to emergencies, and the integration of cross-border bus services and point-to-point transport.

    “Major border infrastructure projects and the harmonisation of heavy vehicle regulations will also be actively progressed,” Mr Barilaro added.

    “A very important component of the agreement is the opportunity to better share information with interstate government agencies to ensure the protection of children and victims of domestic violence.

    “My government colleagues in Tweed, Lismore, Northern Tablelands and Barwon have long championed the cause of cross-border communities, highlighting the difficulties and challenges of living and working near a border.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said cross-border problems have an impact on business operators and residents alike.

    “This agreement represents a positive outcome the Tweed and is a great step forward for communities on both sides of the border,” he said.

    Thomas George, Member for Lismore, agreed, saying this was great news for his electorate.

    “The whole of the north-west boundary of the Lismore electorate is the Queensland border, so this is great news for those townships and rural areas – better cross border communication will make a positive difference to the lives of people who are living, working and running businesses both sides of the border,’ he said.

    The agreement follows the recent signing of the ACT-NSW Memorandum of Understanding for Regional Collaboration. The Deputy Premier said it proves the NSW Government is committed to the resolution of cross-border issues.

    “I’m delighted this agreement has finally come to fruition and look forward to working with my government colleagues, the NSW Cross-Border Commissioner and the Queensland Government to tackle the multitude of cross-border issues.”


    Tweed Community Recycling Centre is now open for householders to drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles and batteries for free, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said.

    North East Waste received a $70,250 grant under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative to help Tweed Shire Council establish the new centre.

    “Establishing this recycling facility will help the NSW Government keep problem wastes out of landfill,” Mr Provest said.

    “We want to encourage communities to recycle these problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment.

    “The centre will complement the community’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling.”

    Environment Minister Mark Speakman said these centres were part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.

    “The NSW Government is dedicated to improving the collection and recycling of household problem waste,” Mr Speakman said.

    North East Waste (NEW) Community Recycling Centre Project Officer Karen Rudkin said the Tweed Community Recycling Centre was part of a network of eight across the region that NEW has secured funding for.

    “In combination with our Hazardous Waste Stores they will provide residents of the region with a free, safe and environmentally sound way of disposing of their household problem wastes,” she said.

    Tweed Shire Council contributed $33,000 towards establishing the Community Recycling Centre, as well as the ongoing management of the facility. This is one of a number of ongoing initiatives by Council to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

    “The Resource Recovery Centre is looking much better and is so easy to use, with great opening hours until 3.45pm every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday,” Tweed Shire Council Mayor Katie Milne said.

    Tweed residents can drop off household quantities (20 litres or 20 kilograms maximum) of paints, batteries, light bulbs, oils, smoke detectors, gas bottles and also e-waste at the CRC for free. In addition, household chemicals including pesticides and herbicides can be dropped off free at the Hazardous Waste Store.

    Cr Milne encouraged community members to visit the upgraded facility, do some shopping at the tip shop and, for people thinking of adding a new pet to their household, to visit the pound next door.

    Waste Less, Recycle More is a NSW Government initiative to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure.

     The Tweed Community Recycling Centre is located at the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre at Ledday’s Creek Road, Stotts Creek. It is open Monday-Friday 7am to 3.45pm, weekends and public holidays 9am to 3.45pm.

    The Tweed community recycling centre accepts the following problem wastes for free:

    • water-based and oil-based paints
    • used motor oils and other oils
    • lead-acid and hand-held batteries
    • gas cylinders and fire extinguishers
    • conventional tube and compact fluorescent lamps
    • smoke detectors

     For more information visit:


    Vital dredging of the entrance channel of Cudgen Creek at Kingscliff has been completed in time for the Christmas holidays.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the NSW Government is investing over $345,000 to ensuring the lower reaches of the creek are accessible to boaters during low tide.

    “Dredging the entrance channel to Cudgen Creek provides a direct benefit to the community through improved boating safety and access to waterways for both commercial and recreational boaters,” Mr Provest said.

    “We’re heading into the busiest boating season of the year and the completion of dredging works at the Cudgen Creek entrance channel means locals and tourists can confidently access the creek.

    “In total, around 25,000 cubic metres of sand has been removed to improve the navigation of the entrance channel.”

    Mr Provest also highlighted the dredging work will also benefit local and visiting beachgoers.

    “The majority of the dredged sand has been moved to the southern section of Kingscliff Beach to improve beach amenity and provide a buffer against the impacts of big seas.

    “Smaller amounts of sand have been used to nourish eroding banks on the southern side of the creek.”

    The works were funded through the NSW Government’s Dredging of Priority Waterways on the North Coast Program.


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest today encouraged surf clubs to apply to the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facilities Program which opened today to help fund upgrade and maintenance of surf club facilities.

    Mr Provest said the program aims to maintain the safety of surf life saver volunteers as they serve the community.

    “The Surf Club Facilities Program provides funding for facilities in Tweed and across NSW,” said Mr Provest.

    “We all know how important surf life savers are to beach side communities both through protecting us when we swim and providing opportunities for a diverse range of people to give back through volunteering.”

    “Our local surf life savers also benefit through maintaining health and fitness while enjoying our beautiful beaches.”

    Types of projects that will be funded include:

    • construction of new surf club facilities;
    • capital enhancement of the facilities at existing clubs; and
    • providing ancillary and support facilities at existing venues.Applications open on 21 December 2016 and close 10 February 2017.For more information or to apply visit or phone 13 13 02.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest congratulated local students on their HSC results, released today.

    Mr Provest said that students should feel very proud of their achievements.

    “The HSC is a rigorous and demanding credential with a world-class reputation that prepares our students for life beyond school,” Mr Provest said.

    “I wish all students the very best in their future endeavours, whether they are planning to head to university, vocational education or to join the workforce.

    “A number of students in Tweed are among the distinguished achievers in this year’s HSC.

    “77,000 students sat at least one HSC subject this year, so to be on the distinguished achievers list is an incredible achievement that students should be very proud of.

    “For those students who didn’t get the results they hoped for, there are other options available.”

    Among this year’s HSC results:

    • A record 55,961 students are eligible for university entry;
    • 1,619 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the highest ever, achieved their HSC; and
    • A record 37,781 top band results awarded to students.

    Students can download their certificate and other HSC credentials from 21 December. HSC certificates will arrive by post from 20 January 2017.

    Students with questions about their results can call the HSC Inquiry Centre on 1300 138 323.



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