Geoff Provest MP
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Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest today announced that the local tourism industry is set to benefit from a massive injection of $13 million, with the opening of the new Regional Tourism Fund.
Mr Provest said the Fund replaces the previous Contestable Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) and is part of the NSW Government’s strategy to re-energise tourism across Regional NSW.
“I am delighted that the Regional Tourism Fund is now open, offering two programs for marketing and product development support,” Mr Provest said.
“With a total of $13 million available between 2016 and 2019, the new Regional Tourism Fund provides increased investment of $2.5 million into the regional visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis.
“We must continue to promote the variety of products and experiences on offer in our beautiful region and this Government initiative will drive overnight visitation to Tweed while increasing destination awareness.”
NSW Minister for Trade Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres encouraged the regional tourism industry to review the Regional Tourism Fund criteria to learn more about this vital funding opportunity.
“From grants to assist with infrastructure and accommodation projects to delivering marketing campaigns aimed at driving overnight visitation, the Regional Tourism Fund has the potential to support even more projects, stimulating tourism across Regional NSW and creating more jobs,” Mr Ayres said.
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said unlike the old RVEF, the Regional Tourism Fund will be open year-round.
“Our new Fund will be open to receive applications at any time, offering simplified online forms, broader assessment criteria and quicker assessment processes,” Ms Chipchase said.
Managed and administered by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, the Fund is available to Local Government, tourism and industry sector organisations as well as the six Destination Networks, with the product development program also available to tourism operators.
For further information on the two funding programs including details on the guidelines, fact sheets, FAQs and online forms, go to www.destinationnsw.com.au/regionaltourismfund.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today encouraged the community of Tweed to support White Ribbon Day.
Mr Provest called on men in the community to take the oath on White Ribbon Day to make a stand to prevent violence against women.
“White Ribbon challenges men to stand up, speak out and act to prevent violence against women being perpetrated by men.” Mr Provest said.
“I encourage all men in the community to consider taking the oath and show your friends, family and colleagues that you will not stand for any form of violence against women.
“Community involvement is critical in order to reduce domestic violence of all forms.
We need to work together and encourage our neighbours, family, friends, colleagues and the corporate section to all play their part in reducing the crime that is domestic violence.”
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said domestic violence is one of the biggest social issues affecting the lives of women and children.
“The NSW Government is leading the nation in tackling domestic violence. The 2016-17 Budget doubles the investment in specialist domestic violence initiatives to over $300 million over four years to support victims and hold perpetrators to account.”
Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has welcomed the announcement that new Plain English Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO) will roll out statewide on 3 December so perpetrators have no excuses for not understanding the orders.
“These new ADVOs use clear and simple language so there is no excuse for a domestic violence perpetrator to breach an order,” Mr Provest said.
“We have removed all the complex legal jargon and spelled out a defendant’s obligations in Plain English, so they can no longer claim they didn’t understand the meaning or consequences of the ADVO.”
“The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found that one in five ADVOs are breached, and the NSW Government is making it clear – any breach is an unacceptable risk.
“The new ADVOs are designed to put a stop to violence, intimidation and harassment through a clear explanation of what a perpetrator can and cannot do under the order.”
The new ADVO is also being translated into 29 different languages to assist people whose first language is not English.
In addition, the penalties for breaching an order, including up to two years in prison, have been moved to the top of the document so it’s now the first thing perpetrators see.
Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Australia Libby Davies welcomed the introduction of Plain English ADVOs as a critical step to strengthen the safety of women.
“ADVOs are powerful tools but must be easily accessible and understood to ensure they are effective. We commend the NSW Government on this initiative,” Ms Davies said.
In addition, the NSW Government’s recent changes to ADVOs means final ADVO applications can be determined even if the victim doesn’t come to court, they will protect a victim’s current partner if they are being harassed by the victim’s ex-partner, and will stop self-represented defendants from personally cross-examining child witnesses during ADVO applications
Community grants are now being offered for projects to reduce drowning and improve water safety in NSW.
The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program provides $4.5 million over three years to not-for-profit and community groups with experience delivering water safety initiatives.
“According to Royal Life Saving Society Australia, 96 people drowned in NSW waterways in 2015-16, the majority at beaches, followed by rivers, creeks and streams,” Mr Provest said.
“This is a tragic statistic and that is why this government has allocated $11 million over three years to the Water Safety Fund.
“The aim of the fund is to reduce drowning in NSW by supporting projects that increase water safety in high risk locations, population groups and activities.
“For example, high risk activities might include rock fishing, safety in the surf or alcohol and drug use around the water.
“The Community Grants Program is an important project and I am encouraging not-for-profit organisations and community groups to submit a proposal.”
Grants from $50,000 to $250,000 are available for projects starting in 2017, such as targeted education campaigns, signage and safety aids, and research.
To be eligible, proposals should address priority areas under the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020, particularly high risk locations and key causes of drowning.
Applications close on 2 December and successful applicants will be notified early next year.
To apply or for more information, go to: www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today welcomed a $46 million NSW Liberals & Nationals Government program to boost student learning through better technology in regional and remote public schools.
“10 schools in the Tweed electorate will share in the Connecting Country Schools program which will upgrade schools’ Wi-Fi access and internet capacity,” Mr Provest said.
“Digital technology is vital to student learning in a modern education system. This upgrade will allow for wireless speeds four times faster than currently available.
“High-quality internet capacity is increasingly important for effective learning in today’s classrooms, where digital resources are a vital component of education.
“To ensure schools make best use of their upgraded wireless and internet capability, they will be required to make an application and consult with their school community to identify how they intend to use the technology to improve teaching and learning.”
The schools eligible for the upgrade include:
The Connecting Country Schools program will invest up to $46 million to boost wireless access and internet capacity in up to 13,000 learning spaces in around 900 regional schools.
Connecting Country Schools builds on the achievements made since 2013 under the NSW Government’s $80 million Rural and Remote Education Blueprint. The Blueprint used the benefits of technology to establish Aurora College, Australia’s first virtual selective high school giving country students access to specialist subjects and opportunities not available at their local school.
The local Tweed community will benefit for years to come thanks to a new multi-purpose automotive training facility that was opened at TAFE NSW’s Kingscliff Campus today.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro today met with students, teachers and industry representatives to open the new facility and discuss the new range of training opportunities for the region.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said Kingscliff TAFE is dedicated to cultivating industry partnerships, and providing first class education and training for students in areas as diverse as automotive, specialist makeup and electrotechnology.
“The flexibility of this new facility is designed to meet the different demands of each course and will accommodate hands-on and innovative learning opportunities,” Mr Provest said.
“The multi-purpose automotive training facility enables the use of ‘roll-in, roll-out’ equipment and furnishings along with adaptable service fittings for water supply and power for education and training.
“This space is also a valued location for local community events and will be utilised for showcases and functions such as Career Expos, Student Award events and the local Battle of the Bands.”
Mr Barilaro said the vision for TAFE NSW is to deliver the new technologies and skills that support local communities, economies and to ensure students are provided with the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.
“The flexible design of this facility is an example of the innovative learning methods TAFE NSW is delivering and how it can provide students with the industry experiences they need to build their careers,” says Mr Barilaro.
“The North Coast Institute of TAFE has recently developed a partnership with Caltex Australia Petroleum that will allow Caltex to frequently access the facility to test their latest range of fuels in a bid to increase their efficiency and performance.”
Tweed public schools will benefit from a share of the record $219 million in additional needs-based funding in 2017, made possible by NSW signing the Gonski agreement.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said in 2017 local public schools will receive $2,078,460 in additional needs-based funding.
“The NSW Government is delivering on its commitment to deliver additional school funding based on student need,” Mr Provest said.
“These extra resources go directly to our Tweed schools allowing principals to better meet the unique needs of their students and the school community.
“I have seen schools in the Tweed electorate employ additional teachers with expertise to assist students who need extra support in key learning areas like literacy and numeracy.”
In NSW public schools, needs-based funding is distributed under the Resource Allocation Model (RAM), which uses information about student need to deliver resources where they are needed most, consistent with the Gonski recommendations.
A total of 21 schools will receive increased funding allocations in the Tweed electorate.
Since 2014 public schools across NSW have received $504 million in extra funding helped by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government signing up to the Gonski agreement.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today encouraged local sporting clubs to apply for the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program 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.”
“The NSW Government is committed to delivering the best infrastructure and services to the people of NSW and this Local Sport Grant Program provides funding opportunities for every single community across the state so I encourage our local sporting groups to take advantage of the fund,” Mr Provest added.
There are four project types within the Program, these being:
Applications are now open and close 11 November 2016.For more information and to apply, visit www.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/grants.
Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest is pleased to congratulate the recipient of the Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarship, Sharnah Bowen, from Possums Community Preschool at Condong.
Mr Provest said it is a great opportunity for local educators to receive up to $10,000 in funding to help with the costs of upgrading their qualification to a four-year Bachelor’s degree.
“These scholarships are specifically for early childhood educators working in regional, rural and remote areas, outside of the big cities,” Mr Provest said.
“We want our local educators to have the best qualifications, so I strongly encourage all childhood educators in Tweed to consider applying for this valuable assistance for their studies in 2018”.
Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said the rural and remote early childhood teaching scholarships encouraged local diploma-qualified staff in early childhood education and care services to boost their qualifications.
“This will result in an overall improvement to the delivery of early childhood education programs by increasing the number of qualified early childhood teachers across NSW in rural and remote areas,” Mrs Williams.
The Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarships are part of the
Government’s $80 million Rural and Remote Education Blueprint for Action.
The next round of scholarships will be open in April 2017 for the 2018 academic year.
For more information on the scholarships and how to apply, visit the Department of Education website at www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/regulation-and-accreditation/early-childhood-education-care/scholarships/rural-and-remote-scholarships.
North Coast Nationals MPs, Geoff Provest and Thomas George today announced $13,500 in NSW Government heritage grants to protect the Tweed Shire local heritage.
“The NSW Government’s Heritage Grant Program is designed to help communities care for their local heritage,” the MP’s said.
There were 2 successful grant applicants in the Tweed LGA under this year’s round of funding, namely:
Heritage Minister Mark Speakman said 196 grants were awarded to help communities protect, value and gather more information about their local heritage.
One of the four grant streams will help councils fund studies, run their own small grants programs and secure the services of heritage advisors.
“Looking after our heritage is everyone’s responsibility and local government plays an important role in maintaining heritage at a community level,” Mr Speakman said.
“The local government grants will enable councils across the state to fund their own small grants programs to encourage community action on the front line of heritage protection.”
For more information about the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants, visit http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/funding/.