Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today encouraged local sporting clubs to apply for the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program when applications open next week, to get more locals involved in sport and recreation activities.

    Mr Provest said the Program aims to increase regular and on-going participation in sport and active recreation.

    “The Local Sport Grant Program provides funding for sports clubs in Tweed and across NSW,” said Mr Provest.

    “We all know that sport is incredibly important for health and wellbeing, as well as bringing people in the community together.”

    “Whether it be funding towards training programs to secure more volunteer coaches or helping with that much-needed change room upgrade, these grants are designed to encourage more people to keep active.”

    There are four project types within the Program, these being:
    1. Sport Club Development;
    2. Community Sport Events;
    3. Sport Access; and
    4. Facility Development and Capital Equipment.

    Applications open on 26 November 2015 and close 11 February 2016.

    For more information and to apply, visit


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today welcomed the draft coastal reforms that the NSW Government has released for public feedback. The new reforms will make coastal management in NSW simpler and easier to implement.

    Mr Provest said the new coastal reforms recognise the natural environment, social, cultural and economic values of our coastline.

    “Our coastline is a precious resource and we want to improve our coastal processes to protect our coastline for future generations,” Mr Provest said.

    “I encourage you to have your say about the draft reforms as public participation is so important for planning.”

    The reforms include:
    • A draft Bill for a new Coastal Management Act.
    • Key elements of a new Coastal Management Manual.
    • Proposals for a new Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).

    The draft Bill redefines the coast as four distinct areas of coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests; coastal vulnerability areas; coastal environment areas and coastal use areas to identify each area’s unique management requirements.

    The manual will provide guidance to local councils and clear, step-by-step instructions to support them to manage their coast using the new Coastal Management Act.

    The new SEPP will help manage the legacy of existing coastal hazards and help plan to ensure new hazards are avoided.

    A three-month consultation period will run to ensure everyone has a chance to have their say. Go to


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced more than $1.35 million will be invested to tackle weeds across the North Coast as part of the NSW Weeds Action Program.

    The NSW Weeds Action Program (WAP) is the NSW Government’s mechanism for providing weed funding to deliver actions from the NSW Invasive Species Plan.

    Mr Provest said the funding for Tweed is part of more than $11 million allocated across NSW to fund regional weed projects in 2015-16.

    “Noxious weeds cost farmers in Tweed productivity and profitability by taking soil moisture and requiring extensive measures to control their spread,” Mr Provest said.

    “The Weeds Action Program funding is used to support compliance, awareness and surveillance functions across NSW – largely delivered by Local Government, under a new planning framework provided by the regional Local Land Services.

    Other NSW Government reforms underway to address the NSW Weed Review include:

    • Introducing new contemporary Biosecurity legislation
    • Implementation of a ‘Cloud based’ NSW Biosecurity Information System
    • Formation of 11 Local Land Services Regional Weeds Committees
    • Reinvigoration of NSW’s research capacity
    • Delivering hand held mobile technology and aps for weed management.

    “While it is too late to eradicate many widespread weeds, there are still gains to be made through good regional coordination.”

    “This funding will arm our councils and the Local Land Services Regional Committees in Tweed with the resources needed to combat local weeds in our communities.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced all preschools in Tweed will receive a 2.5 per cent increase in funding in 2016 and may be eligible for bonus payments of up to 5 per cent.

    Mr Provest said the extra support for community preschools is part of a $45.5 million package from the NSW Government to increase the number of children attending preschool in the year before school.

    “We know the difference that quality early childhood education makes to our kids’ start at school,” Mr Provest said.

    “All preschools will receive an increase in their base rate of funding of 2.5 per cent, which will help them keep pace with the cost of providing an early childhood service. This will take a lot of pressure off services and should help to keep fees stable for parents.

    “In addition, we are providing bonus payments to services who enrol four and five-year-old children for 15 hours per week. If services can demonstrate an increase in the enrolment of these children, in their last year before formal schooling, a bonus payment will be made. This payment will be up to 5 per cent of their total funding.”

    “In many instances, services will have four and five-year-olds enrolled for two days a week, so enrolling your child for an extra half-day could mean a substantial bonus payment for your preschool.”

    The NSW Government is providing $45.5 million in additional funding to support community preschools in 2016:

    • $13 million over four years to increase base funding rates by 2.5 per cent;
    • $11 million in bonus payments to reward services that enrol more four and five-year-olds for 15 hours per week;
    • $4 million over two years to provide business advice and support to preschools;
    • $12 million over four years for a ‘Preschools for Sustainable Communities’ program, to help maintain viability for community preschools in rural and remote areas; and
    • $5.5 million over three years to improve the collection of data from services.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today encouraged Tweed small business owners to get along to the Office of State Revenue Roadshow next month to find out how they can grow their business.

    The Office of State Revenue Roadshow Information Seminar will be held on Tuesday 1st December at the Comfort Inn – Bay Room, 129 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads from 8am-9.30am (NSW)

    The Roadshow will visit more than 50 locations across NSW over three weeks, providing free seminars for local businesses on key issues such as state business taxes and incentive schemes such as the NSW Government’s Jobs Action Plan and the recently introduced Small Business Grant.

    Mr Provest said the NSW Government is committed to supporting local businesses in metropolitan and regional NSW.

    “With more than 650,000 small businesses across this state, they are the engine room of the NSW economy,” Mr Provest said.

    “The strength and success of these businesses is critical to ensuring NSW remains the leading economy in the country, but running a small business is no easy feat. That is why we are encouraging local business owners to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with the experts to discuss any concerns they may have and to find out more about what benefits are available to them.

    “The NSW Government is committed to creating 150,000 new jobs over the next four years and giving business owners the confidence to grow their businesses. These seminars provide local businesses the perfect opportunity to build their networks and ensure they are reaching their full potential Mr Provest said.

    Legal and financial professionals can earn Continuous Professional Development units by attending the seminars.

    For further information about the free roadshow information sessions, visit the NSW Office of State Revenue website at


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has congratulated the 577 local HSC students as exams draw to an end.

    More than 12,000 students across the state are sitting exams on the final day, with Visual Arts the last to finish at 3.30pm today.

    Mr Provest said the HSC class of 2015 has worked extremely hard and should be very proud to have completed the HSC.

    “This is a huge moment in the lives of these students, who are marking the end of 13 years of schooling and starting a new and exciting chapter in their lives,” Mr Provest said.

    “Students have spent the past 18 days of exams demonstrating their skills and knowledge and now it’s time for a well-earned break.”

    Students can login to Students Online to get their school assessment ranks from 5pm tonight and will receive their HSC results on Wednesday 16 December.

    “Our HSC students should be extremely proud of achieving this significant milestone, regardless of what result they receive on December 16,” Mr Provest said.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed with GW Pharmaceuticals (GW) to progress a major new research program for cannabis-based medicines in children with severe, drug resistant paediatric epilepsy.

    Mr Provest said many children are suffering and this announcement provides hope for families.

    “This is a Government showing incredible progress, NSW is the first state in Australia to provide legal and safe access to cannabis-based medicines for children suffering from drug resistant epilepsy,” he

    The MOU will facilitate:
    • A world first, phase 2 clinical trial in children for GW’s novel product containing the cannabinoid cannibidivarin (CBDV)
    • A compassionate access scheme for Epidiolex, GW’s product containing cannabidiol (CBD) which is currently in late stage trials in paediatric epilepsy in the United States
    • Provision for NSW to host additional Phase 3 clinical trials of Epidiolex in children with treatment-resistant epilepsy
    • A phase 4 clinical trial of Epidiolex based on phase 3 studies

    The MOU, between the NSW Government and GW Pharmaceuticals, comes as part of the NSW Government’s $21 million commitment to support clinical trials and establish the NSW Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation.

    More information about medicinal cannabis in NSW is available at

    Specific information regarding trials email or call the Cannabis Trials Help Line on 1800 217 257.


    Tweed public schools will benefit from a share of the record $113 million in additional funding announced by the NSW Government to support public school students who need it most.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the needs-based funding, which has been implemented as part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals commitment to the Gonski agreement, is delivering more funding to students in a fair and transparent way.

    “In 2016, local public schools will receive $5,489,119,” Mr Provest said.

    “This substantial ongoing investment in public education is fantastic news for our schools, and will further boost their efforts to deliver improved student results.

    The funding for 2016, made possible by NSW being the first state to sign the Gonski agreement, means NSW students will benefit from needs-based funding totalling $860 million, distributed through the Resource Allocation Model.

    Examples of local needs-based funding allocations in Tweed include:
    • Kingscliff High School will receive $739,686, which is an increase of $131,310 on 2015;
    • Tweed River High School will receive $794,434, which is an increase of $86,672 on 2015; and
    • Tweed Heads South Public School will receive $590,595, which is an increase of $46,756 on 2015.

    “This needs-based funding can be used in a variety of ways, including employing speech pathologists or specialist teachers to target learning areas,” Mr Provest said.

    Through the NSW Government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions reform, principals in all NSW public schools are making local decisions on how to use these funds to improve student outcomes.

    As a result of NSW signing up to the Gonski agreement, the NSW Government has also been able to deliver resources to improve the quality of teaching, provide more school counsellors and improve support for beginning teachers.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today encouraged families to celebrate the significant contribution made by grandparents and older Australians across NSW this Grandparents Day – to be held on Sunday 25 October.

    Grandparents Day was launched in 2011 by the NSW Government as an annual initiative to recognise the unique role that grandparents play in our communities as custodians of individual and cultural memories and providers of care, love and guidance to their children and grandchildren.

    Mr Ajaka said that grandparents and older Australians are a crucial part of families and local communities and the care and support they provide should not go unnoticed.

    Mr Provest said that Grandparents Day pays tribute to those who go above and beyond the traditional grandparent role.

    “I congratulate the many grandparents and older Australians in our community who are deserving of recognition for their important contribution,” Mr Provest said.

    “I urge all members of the community to take the time to recognise the enormous contributions made by the older people in their lives, be it the love and support of their grandparents or the dedication of older community leaders, and show their appreciation.”

    From 12pm-3pm on Sunday 25th October, Seagulls Club Tweed Heads will be hosting an event for all families, grandparents and children. There will be face painting, colouring in and Devonshire tea available, but most importantly a small gift will be given to all the grandparents.

    Families are encouraged to celebrate with their loved ones on Grandparents Day. Community events will be held across NSW on Grandparents Day, Sunday 25 October. For more information about Grandparents Day, please visit


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of a $60 million package to target perpetrators and support women, men and children who have experienced domestic and family violence (DFV).

    NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward announced the package which includes new Police Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams to target perpetrators and reduce the rate of reoffending. The package also includes DFV Suspect Target Management Plans that will put offenders on notice, as well as mandated behaviour change programs to make perpetrators address their behaviour.

    In addition, the package will increase crisis accommodation support for victims and introduce Australia’s first Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, which discloses information about a perpetrator’s violent history, and provide a stronger response to sexual assault.

    Mr Provest said the NSW Government is supporting victims and targeting perpetrators of this insidious crime to stop the violence before it occurs.

    “Sadly, too many people in our community suffer domestic and family violence at the hands of someone they know and trust,” Mr Provest said.

    “Domestic violence is a crime. I am calling on the community to join me in saying enough is enough.”

    This is the first stage of the NSW Government’s increased investment into DFV. The Government is currently working with the non-government sector to analyse service gaps through a DFV Blueprint. This work will be completed in 2016.

    “The NSW Government also announced it will expand the number of qualified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in high-risk rural and regional communities in NSW,” Mr Provest said.

    “These specialised nurses provide services and collect forensic evidence for adult victims of sexual assault. They also provide crucial expert advice for criminal proceedings where required.

    “This means quality evidence can be collected without delay in regional and rural communities across NSW to support victims when they need it most.”