News

  • 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

  • SUMMER SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BLITZ FOR TWEED ELECTORATE

    More $846,000 will be spent on school maintenance projects in Tweed, which are running over the summer holiday period.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest welcomed the investment in local schools in the Tweed electorate.

    The projects will benefit 17 local public schools and include painting, roof work and floor coverings,” Mr Provest said.

    “The cost of the jobs ranges from $6732 for painting at Tweed Heads South Public School to $114394.53 at Fingal Head Public School for roof work and floor coverings.

    “Every child deserves to have access to great facilities, wonderful teachers and get an excellent education and that is what we are delivering for students here in Tweed,” Mr Provest said.

    Education Minister Rob Stokes said this program is another example of how this Government is committed to public education and delivering local infrastructure to support communities right across NSW.

    “Just like your family home, there are always jobs to be done to keep our schools in top condition,” Mr Stokes said.

    “We are making good use of the summer break to carry out important projects while students are off enjoying their holidays.

    “With a $25 billion property portfolio of 2,200 schools there will always be maintenance to be done, but good management will keep the list as short as possible, and we are here doing just that.”

    The summer holiday blitz is part of the NSW Government’s record $747 million school maintenance investment over the next four years announced in the 2017 Budget, allowing each and every school across the State to have their maintenance project lists slashed by December 2018.

  • FUNDING BOOST FOR SALT SLSC

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has today announced $350,000 in NSW Government funding for Salt SLSC as part of the 2017/18 Surf Club Facility Program.

    Funding has been provided for further renovations and an additional storage area.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “The aim of this program is to increase the availability, standard and quality of surf lifesaving clubs in NSW for the benefit of their members and the wider community,” Mr Provest said.

    “Surf Life Saving NSW does immensely important work- saving lives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to get fit and healthy.”

    “The NSW Government wants to make the work of life savers as easy as possible – we can’t control the water but we can improve facilities like this.”

    “It is a great pleasure to able to advocate on behalf of our community and to see results like this,” Mr Provest added.

  • NEW POLICE OFFICERS FOR TWEED BYRON LAC

    The Tweed Byron Local Area Command will welcome 5 new probationary constables following today’s attestation parade of Class of 332.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest congratulated the new recruits on graduating from the Goulburn Police Academy and thanked them for devoting their careers to the prevention and disruption of crime.

    “I would like to welcome our newest officers to the region, and extend our gratitude to them for choosing a career in law enforcement,” Mr Provest said.

    “I know the qualifications our officers have completed at the Police Academy, together with the on-the-job training they will complete under the close guidance of senior police will ensure they are more than adequately prepared to step into this important role.

    “Policing can be an extremely challenging profession. Our officers encounter the best and the worst of humanity in the line of duty, so I’m very pleased that our community will benefit from the enthusiasm of 5 new officers starting their career on the beat.”

    Minister for Police Troy Grant said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has undertaken to boost frontline police numbers across the State through the re-engineering process.

    “The 150 men and 49 women attesting today will bring the number of individuals who have become sworn NSW Police officers since 2011 to 4,362,” Mr Grant said.

    “Today is an opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment and dedication of the men and women who don blue uniforms to join one of the proudest organisations in the state.”

    Class 332 includes 199 recruits who have attested as Probationary Constables. These new recruits will commence on-the-job training imminently and will continue distance education before graduating with an Associate Diploma in Policing Practice.

    The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is on track to boost the authorised strength of the NSW Police Force to 16,795 over this term.

  • ASIAN CUP LEGACY FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR TWEED FOOTBALL CLUBS

    Football clubs in Tweed are encouraged to apply for the second round of Asian Cup Legacy funding which is now open.

    Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the $4.1 million fund will help deliver better community facilities to grassroots football clubs across NSW.

    “I encourage local football clubs to apply for up to 50 per cent of the cost of building amenities or upgrading facilities, with a funding contribution of $50,000 – $150,000 per project,” Mr Ayres said.

    “We know that improving local sports infrastructure helps build stronger communities and improves participation amongst children and adults alike.”

    The $4.1 NSW Asian Cup Legacy Fund is a joint initiative of the NSW Government, Football NSW and Northern NSW Football. Sixteen clubs successfully applied for $1.8 million in grants during the first round of 2016/17 applications.

    More than 1,000 affiliated football clubs are now eligible for more than $2.3 million in funding for round two 2017/18 applications.

    Mr Provest said that football clubs in Tweed should consider improvements to facilities that benefit the whole of community.

    “Football is an important thread in uniting our community together and the funding provides an excellent opportunity for local clubs to draw in new members,” Mr Provest said.

    “I encourage all local clubs in Tweed to apply for funding for a wide range of projects, including upgrades or developments to existing pitches, amenities and facilities, including seating, canteens, lighting, fencing, change rooms, storage spaces, drainage and pitches.”

    Applications close 2 March 2018. For information visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants

  • STAMP DUTY RELIEF FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS IN TWEED

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has urged first home buyers in Tweed to take advantage of stamp duty relief measures from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

    New figures show 10,496 people have used the exemptions and reductions to buy their first home, in the first quarter since the reforms came into effect.

    The housing affordability package announced as part of the June Budget removes stamp duty for first home buyers for both new and existing homes for properties up to $650,000 and reduces duty for first homes between $650,000 and $800,000.

    Mr Provest has encouraged people in Tweed who thought a home was still out of reach to take a look at the relief measures available.

    “We know this relief package has already opened the door for thousands of home owners across NSW and there’s more to come,” Mr Provest said.

    “I urge people in Tweed who aren’t aware of these reforms and think home ownership is out of reach to take a look at our relief package and get back in the game.

    “It’s meant the end of renting or living with extended family for thousands of people and families since July and we look forward to watching those numbers grow in the months ahead.

    “Our government is focused on cutting the costs of living, whether that’s the price of your child’s weekend sport through the active kids rebate, the energy rebate to help put downward pressure on energy bills or green slip relief.

    “Effective housing policy is a key priority of the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government after the last government under Labor allowed the situation to stagnate,” Mr Provest said.

  • TWEED COMMUNITY GROUPS INVITED TO APPLY FOR NSW GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS

    Community organisations in Tweed can now apply for the next round of funding for local projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said today.

    Mr Provest said Infrastructure Grants support new or upgraded community facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture and emergency preparedness.

    “I encourage local organisations to consider applying for a project that will help make a real difference to our local community,” Mr Provest said.

    “These projects bring people together to enjoy new or improved sports, recreation, arts and cultural facilities, or help improve community safety in times of emergency.

    “During this term of government, $50 million in Infrastructure Grants is being provided to communities across NSW.”

    Mr Provest said the funding comes from the Clubgrants Category 3 program, which enables registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machine revenue to benefit local communities.

    “Recent improvements to the program have created more chances to apply for funding and encouraged more diverse projects,” he said.

    “Instead of one round of funding each year, there are now four rounds, while a streamlined application process has cut red tape and led to faster assessment.”

    Funding ranges are $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture, $10,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness and $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation.

    Applications for the next round of Infrastructure Grants are open from 1 to 20 November.

    For more information including details on how to apply for grants, visit http://www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au/Pages/about-us/our-initiatives/infrastructure-grants.aspx

  • SUPERMARKET SAVINGS FOR SENIORS IN TWEED

    Seniors in Tweed can now save on average $200 a year on their groceries, thanks to Seniors Card discounts the NSW Government has secured with the Woolworths Group.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced NSW Seniors Card holders are now eligible for a five per cent discount on Woolworths WISH eGift cards that can be used towards purchases at Woolworths Group stores, including supermarkets and Big W.

    “This new partnership also gives Seniors Card holders in Tweed 25 per cent off mid-week home delivery, and discounts on insurance and mobile phone products,” Mr Provest said.

    “Every dollar counts when living on a fixed income and we are sure these discounts will help drive down the cost of living for eligible seniors.”

    The bundle of new discounts can be accessed through the purchase of Woolworths WISH eGift cards via the NSW Seniors Card website.

    Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said she was thrilled the Woolworths partnership would deliver savings to Seniors Card holders across the state.

    “We want to make it as easy as possible for seniors to access fresh food and other essential items that may be difficult to transport,” Mrs Davies said.

    “This partnership could save seniors an average of $200 per person on their annual grocery bill, not to mention further discounts on home delivery, clothing and household items from Big W, and mobile phone and insurance products.”

    “NSW is the only state to have this offer so far. We would encourage more retailers to see what savings they can offer seniors,” Mrs Davies said.

    Mr Provest said these discounts are in addition to other measures the Government has introduced to ease cost of living pressures for seniors, including:

    • A $50 increase in energy rebates for low income households, to $285;
    • Average CTP green slip savings of $120 a year;
    • Public transport fare concessions, including the Gold Opal for seniors which remains capped at $2.50 for all day travel.

    There are more than 1.5 million Seniors Card members in NSW and 5700 participating businesses.

    To access discounts or apply for a NSW Seniors Card go to www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88.